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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

http://eatonetaco.com

Going to the grocery store is hard. There’s the parking lots that are about as hot as the surface of the sun; the weighing and coding of all your produce; the standing in long lines; the schlepping of your own bags! It’s too much—I’m getting tired just typing about it.

That’s why so many of us put it off and end up spending way too much money on bad takeout. But guess what: Something is happening in Austin tomorrow and it might just change your life for the better.

Shipt, an app-based grocery delivery service that is already in 26 cities around the country, is launching in Austin tomorrow, July 20. The company will offer grocery delivery from H-E-B stores across Austin, including Central Market locations.

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There are a few things that make this delivery service unlike anything else out there. First of all, the membership model. If you sign up for Shipt, you pay $99 per year for unlimited grocery deliveries on orders over $35. There is never any surge pricing, even for deliveries during peak times or holidays. Secondly, you can get groceries delivered to your door 24/7. And thirdly, the coverage area is ginormous! They’ll come to Round Rock, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, and South Austin.

H-E-B and Central Market customers can order their groceries through Shipt’s mobile or desktop app and select a one-hour delivery window as soon as one hour after the order.

If you’re curious, here’s a very good reason to try it out: By signing up today you will get $25 off your first order!

For more information, check out these five things to know about Shipt. Happy shopping!

Around these parts, melted cheese is serious business. Any great meal in Austin can and should begin with a velvety bowl of queso— locally, it’s one of our main food groups. A great queso recipe can not only put a new restaurant on the map, it can make it an institution.

Luckily Favor, your personal delivery assistant, understands that queso is the lifeblood of our fair city, and they are standing by to bring your favorite blend of queso straight to your door. With that in mind, here is a list of the quesos we can’t live without.

Use code ‘365Things’ to get your first Favor free!

#1 – Torchy’s Tacos

Their green chile queso may be even better than their tacos. That’s a major statement, but we stand behind it!

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#2 – Kerbey Lane

Save this one for a late night craving as this is queso is one you can enjoy 24 hours a day!

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#3 – Matt’s El Rancho

 This classic Austin joint makes nearly every “best of” list for good reason. Bob Armstrong Dip is a truly heavenly version of queso. Just make sure you don’t go on Tuesday (they’re closed)!

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#4 – Chuy’s

Many moons ago, on a past Cinco de Mayo, we judged a blind queso tasting contest and this guy was the winner.

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#5 – El Alma

El Alma gets bonus points for the homemade chips that come with its queso. It’s a stellar combo!

Photo Credit: Gabriel Campbell Photography

Photo Credit: Gabriel Campbell Photography

#6 – Maudie’s

This bowl of melted goodness has a distinctive flavor that keeps the queso connoisseurs coming back. Is it butter? Garlic? It’s AMAZING is what it is.

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#7 – Magnolia Café

Another place where you can snag queso 24 hours a day, this one known as “Magnolia Mud” is dangerously addicting.

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#8 – Taco Deli

This white and peppery queso is rich and savory. It’s the perfect thing to distract you during those five looooong minutes you have to wait for their incredible tacos.

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#9 – Texas Chili Parlor

Don’t be fooled by its humble (and dark) appearance. This queso is worth the stop.

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#10 – Pelon’s

Melted cheese with hatch green chiles. Need we say more?

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#11 – Valentina’s / Violet Taco

The Vidal family’s food truck is famous for brisket, but their chips y queso are to die for as well.

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#12 Santa Rita

This bowl is old-fashioned and devoid of trendy nonsense. You can’t go wrong.

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#13 – Posse East

Down and dirty bar food is one of life’s simple pleasures, and this queso is pure bliss.

Photo Credit: Meredith V. Yelp.

Photo Credit: Meredith V. Yelp.

#14 – Hula Hut

Queso with a view? You don’t have to ask us twice!

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#15 – Curra’s

This is all you need to know: Land O’Lakes extra melt with whole black beans, guacamole and pico.

Photo Credit: Christi K. Yelp

Photo Credit: Christi K. Yelp

#16 – Polvo’s

This queso comes standard with bonus ingredients. You’ll love every bit of melted American cheese topped with guacamole, ground beef, and pico de gallo.

Photo Credit: adi7anand instagam

Photo Credit: adi7anand instagam

#17 – Zocalo Cafe 

Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that sets them apart from the rest!

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Get any (or all) of the quesos above, delivered right to your door with the Favor Delivery app.

Only two short years ago, one could count pizza delivery options in Austin on two hands. The choices were those inedible national chains, or Gatti’s/Austin’s Pizza, and a few others (we still love you Conan’s).

Oh, how the times have changed. With Favor Delivery, pizza is a few clicks away from anywhere that offers take-out. In fact, a large pie from my favorite shop for thin-crust, East Side Pies, was the first Favor order I completed.

I included a few newcomers on the list, so hopefully there are a few places you haven’t tried. Take into consideration that your favorite spot might not be on the list purely because it’s not in the Favor delivery zone. Or it could be that we haven’t tried it! Feel free to hit us up on Facebook with your recommendations.

In no particular order:

9. Bufalina

When it first opened, one could expect to wait hours to get a table. They’ve recently (and quietly) begun to allow takeout orders. Take advantage. It’s the best neapolitan pie in the city.

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8. Spartan Pizza

The trailer-turned-brick and-mortar on East 6th is open until 3am on weekends. Skip that Whataburger line and order from the safety of your own living room.

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7. Lucky’s Puccias & Pizzeria

Known for his puccias (authentic wood fired Italian sandwiches), Lucky recently opened a brick and mortar on West 5th. The pizzas are as crave-able as his signature sandwiches.

6. The Backspace

Parkside’s sister restaurant serves up really great wood-fired pies. Pro-tip: Whatever you order, be sure to “put an egg on it.”

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5. 40 North

This South First Street newcomer has quickly climbed into our top ten. Try the Hot Honey if you’re into eating things that taste good.

4. East Side Pies

As mentioned above, if you’re a fan of thin-crust, look no further. ESP sources local ingredients whenever possible, and that extra level of care is reflected in the quality of their cracker-thin pies. (Why is this pizza on rocks? I don’t know either)

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3. Little Deli & Pizza

This Crestview neighborhood gem gets very little press considering it makes one of the best New York style pies in the city.

2. Homeslice Pizza

Loved by tourists and locals alike, no list would be complete without a nod to Homeslice. They also take the cake (pie?) for the most often Favor-ed pizza joint in Austin.

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1. Via 313

Before you say, “but I don’t like deep-dish pizza,” let me comment that I didn’t either until I tried Via 313. Furthermore, I haven’t met a person who has tried it that hasn’t fallen in love.

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Want to find out if you’re in Favor’s delivery zone? Check out the map.

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

By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

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

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    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

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    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

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    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

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    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

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    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

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    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

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    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

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

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

  • La Mexicana Bakery

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    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

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    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

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    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

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    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.