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Cafe Josie has been a favorite Austin institution since 1997, the cozy Clarksville spot is owned by restaurateur Cody Taylor, and Chef Todd helms the kitchen, creating craveable small plates. Cafe Josie offers an amazing all you can eat menu called “The Experience” for $45 per person. Diners are able to customize their “experience” by ordering as many plates as they desire.  Our top picks include the Korean Fried Chicken, the Scallop Ceviche and the Grilled Hanger Steak.  

The cocktails at Cafe Josie are stellar, try the Fire Opal with Mezcal Joven, Uruapan Charanda, and Cappelletti Apertivol, or the Old Austin with Balcones Blue Corn Whisky, Angostura, and Pecan. They have great weekday specials including all night happy hour on Monday, $5 classic cocktails all night on Tuesday, half off all wine on Wednesday, and even Saturday happy hour from 4 to 6 PM.

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Cafe Josie‘s brunch menu is also a treat. Offered on Sundays from 10:30 am to 2 pm, diners can get their fill of brunch favorites like Tater Tot Casserole, Quiche Lorraine, Banana Bread, Buttermilk Pancakes and Fried Gulf Shrimp & Grits. The brunch menu is also unlimited plates and costs $25 per person. Don’t forget to get your fill of $3 mimosas as well! 

Cafe Josie also has a regular A La Carte dinner menu for those who don’t want the all you can eat option, as well as entirely gluten free menu options. Find out more at and follow on Instagram at @cafejosieatx

A friend duo hailing from Mexico had a vision to bring authentic tacos to Austin. Seven years ago, their vision came to life when they opened their first taco trailer called One Taco. You may remember their name from our Breakfast Taco Taste Off earlier this year where they took home 1st prize with the Jefe Taco. If there’s one arena in Austin that’s difficult to enter and come out on top, it’s the taco arena. But Tony Avila and Axel Beverido found a way to win over the taco loving appetites of Austin.

One Taco Al Pastor

Recently, their dream of opening a Brick and Mortar became a reality. And trust us, it’s a place where taco dreams really do come true. They kill it all day long serving breakfast, lunch and dinner tacos. From the “Big Kahuna” to the Gowalla Taco to the 5 de Pastor, you can’t go wrong. Our most recent visit even included the Pancake Taco. Yes, the Pancake Taco.

One Taco Pancake Taco

Whether you’re looking for a quick pick-up order, for a place to eat tacos and drink a few beers with your buddies, or a family-friendly hang out, do yourself this one favor. Check out One Taco.

Brick and Mortar
12200 Research Blvd. #400
Austin, Texas

One Taco – Container
6th & Nueces
Austin, Texas 78701

While Austin is better known for its BBQ and Tacos, the city has recently grown by leaps and bounds with its oyster offerings in recent years. Here are some of our favorite spots:

Clark’s Oyster Bar


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Where: Clark’s Oyster Bar | 1200 W 6th St Austin, TX 78703

Clark’s serves up some of the best oysters in the city. They have a full selection of oysters from the east and west coast. Maine, Massachusetts, Washington and California to name a few. Their oysters are served with fresh horseradish, cocktail sauce and a shallot mignonette sauce. You can order by the oyster (raw) or try the oven roasted golf oysters.

Oyster Specials: 50 cent off oysters Monday through Sunday from 3pm – 6pm


Quality Seafood Market


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Where: Quality Seafood | 5621 Airport Blvd,Austin, TX, 78751

Not only are they a great restaurant for Oysters, they also have a retail/wholesale market so you know you’re being served some of the freshest seafood in Austin. Go for the Texas Gulf Oysters here, they’re driven up from the Texas coast on a daily basis.

Deckhand Oyster Bar


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Where: Deckhand Oyster Bar | 500 Parker Dr, Austin, TX 78728

At Deckhand you’ll find oysters prepared in many different styles. If you’re looking for traditional shucked oysters they have those, and they’re great. However, where they really shine is their cooked oyster plates.  A local favorite is the La Frontera Oysters, which are broiled with crab meat stuffing, chopped bacon and monterrey cheese. If you’re looking for something uncommon try the grilled Tokyo Oysters, they come with a homemade masago sauce, green onion and mayo.


Monger’s Market + Kitchen



Where: Monger’s Market + Kitchen  | 2401 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Their raw Bar features a rotating selection of fresh oysters, shrimp and crab. One dish we recommend is the MMK baked oysters prepared with taragon, mornary and breadcrumbs. Check out their Wednesday afternoon Oyster Social, not only are the oysters 1/2 off but you’ll also find $5 select wines and additional drink specials.

Oyster Specials: 1/2 Off Oysters on Wednesdays from 3pm – 6pm


Foreign & Domestic


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Where: Foreign & Domestic | 306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

$1 Oysters on Mondays! Do we need to say any more? They’ll normally have a selection of at least two different kinds of east coast oysters. If you have someone in your party who doesn’t dig seafood that’s okay, they also have a special fried chicken dinner plate available on Mondays as well.

Oyster Specials: $1 east cost Oysters on Mondays

Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar


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Where: Perla’s | 1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX

At Perla’s, you’ll find a wide selection of raw oysters and cooked oysters. Whether it’s raw oysters from Prince Edward Island or Wood Grilled Oysters with Creole Tomato Butter they have it. If you’re looking for something a little more daring, try the Oyster Shooter, it’s made with Tito’s vodka, horseradish, bloody mix and lime.

Oyster Specials: $.50 cents off Oysters Monday to Friday from 3pm – 6pm






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Where: Parkside | 301 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

You can’t beat their half off happy hour special, for $16 you’ll get a chef’s choice oyster platter. Here you’ll find oysters from Virginia, Rhode Island, British Colombia and beyond.

Oyster Specials: $16 Oyster Platter (reg. $32) Monday to Friday 5pm to 6:30pm



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Ah, the great Austin breakfast taco debate. The subject creates heated arguments amongst best friends and loved ones, not to mention internet commenters! So, don’t think of this as a ‘Top 10’ list, take it as a list of 14 of the taco places we currently love the most. If we missed one of your top picks, feel free to share it in the comments below.

Happy National Taco Day y’all!

14 of the Best Breakfast Taco Joints in Austin

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There's something about putting breakfast in a taco that just makes sense. Not every restaurant gets it right, but these ones do. Check out these 14 amazing breakfast taco joints in Austin.

  • Joe’s Bakery

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    There’sno substitute for fresh tortillas. When you're at Joe’s, the tortillasare made no more than 20ft from your table. Ifyou like to build your own tacos, I highly recommend the Joey Rocha Plate.

  • Veracruz All Natural

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    If I had to pick a personal favorite on thelist, Veracruz would be it. Their tacos aren’t flashy, andthe menu isn’t as exotic as Taco Deli, for example, but they just makeconsistently great tacos.

  • Mi Madre’s

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    Ground beef doesn’t sound like an appetizing breakfast ingredient, but for some reason I always snag the ground beef, Mexican rice & cheese along with my more traditional bacon, egg, potato & cheese.

  • Rosita’s Al Pastor

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    To be clear, we’re talking about Rosita’swhite trailer on East Riverside. They make their thick & chewy flour tortillas fresh daily & their chorizo, egg & potato taco is the ultimate hangover cure.

  • Taco Deli

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    The thing about Taco Deli is that you either love it or hate it. While their offerings aren’t traditional, I personally love it, and it’s usually the first place I take friends from out of town/state.

  • Tamale House East

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    The original Tamale House on Airportclosing was unfortunate, but losing this family’s contribution to the localfood scene completely would be a tragedy! Do your part and check out this gem.

  • Marcelino Pan y Vino

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    It looks sketchy from theoutside, but the folks inside are welcoming. I haven’t found anything that I don’t love, but try the spicy potatoes. They look like fries but taste like breakfast potatoes.

  • Cisco’s

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    There’s something special about eating at this iconic establishment. Be sure to to look at the pictures, articles, etc. posted around the restaurant; if these walls could talk!

  • Porfirio’s

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    Cheap. Fast. Delicious. What else do you need?

  • La Mexicana Bakery

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    The fact that they’re open 24 hours is enough reason for them to be on the list, but they actually serve some great tacos. Adding a cookie from their beautiful display to your order won’t hurt either.

  • Fresa’s

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    I get that this place is expensive, especially when it comes to their chicken. But they do have great (not terribly expensive) breakfast tacos, a drive-through & Stumptown Coffee.

  • Amaya’s Taco Village

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    Amaya’s family-owned feel & focus onexceptional service have built them a healthy following over 40 years,and I’m definitely a huge fan of the place myself. 3 item breakfast tacos start at $1.39.

  • Torchy’s

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    No Austin taco list is complete without a nod to the people’s champ. I like them more for their chips & guac & secret taco menu, but I know y’all would be up in arms if I didn’t include them here!

  • El Primo

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    This trailer serves up some of the bestbreakfast tacos in Austin. I always go for the homemade chorizo; it's a gooey delicious mess of breakfast foods, folded perfectly into a freshflour tortilla.