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.
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.
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
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
Photo courtesy of Taste of Koko
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
Courtesy of Yelp user Lisa B.
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
Courtesy of Yelp user Peter M.
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
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
Courtesy of Yelp user Demise F.
$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
Photo courtesy of Holp Photography
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
Photo courtesy of Holp Photography
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
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!