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Breakfast Taco Lovefest

Posted by on August 21, 2013

JIAM

I’m often asked what my “go to” restaurants are for certain foods, and breakfast tacos is a subject that comes up fairly often, along with kolaches (KC Donuts).  Breakfast tacos, like pizza, fall under the “what type am I craving” category.  Here’s a list of my current favorites, in no particular order:

The super serious about staying on my healthy eating plan breakfast taco is…

The Green + White at One Taco. This delicious egg white, jalapeño and avocado taco rocks it out of the park on a warm corn tortilla.  You’ll be satisfied and can pat yourself on the back for not falling fast first into a plateful of migas.  Twitter stalk this food trailer at @onetaco to find out when they’ll open in the new Midway Food Park.

The “I’ve gone Paleo” breakfast taco:

Who can resist Taco Shack’s “The Texan”?  Sliced fajitas on a bed of fluffly scrambled eggs is a party in your mouth.  I add their freshly sliced avocado, and ask them to 86 the tortilla, and make it as a “bowl” instead. Follow them on Twitter at @ShackTaco.

I want to spend less than $7 and be stuffed with breakfast taco goodness and don’t forget the coffee.

No brainer on this one.  You want the Don Juan “El Taco Grande” (pictured above) at Juan in a Million.  (Side note: anyone remember when this taco used to be called “El Taco Feo” on the menu?  It deserved the name change, not only for the size but for the huge increase in publicity when the Travel Channel hyped it big time.) I always order an extra tortilla, sometimes two, when I get the Don Juan.  This legendary bad boy is a gigantic serving of potatoes, eggs, bacon, cheese and secret spices guaranteed to make you skip lunch.  I’ve never finished one, no matter how hungry I was when I ordered it.  Their salsa is pretty freaking spicy, which gives JIAM extra points.  ATXFoodnews trivia: On one anniversary of 9/11, a friend and I paid for $100 worth of breakfasts for Juan in a Million patrons in a pay-it-forward action.  Best money I’ve ever spent.  The waitress kept coming by to give us a running total, probably because she wasn’t sure we were really going to pick up the tab.  We tipped her well.  They tweet as @DonJuanTaco.

I want to drive through and get a tasty breakfast taco:

I am the first to admit that I enjoy both barbacoa and bean & cheese tacos from Taco Cabana, but when I pass Tacorrido, I undergo a huge compulsion to drive through and order breakfast.  Plus, it is one of the few venues where I feel comfortable speaking mangling Spanish.  I may be 50% Latina, but my Espanol is muy mal.  At Tacorrido you will find that most of the time they will speak to you in Spanish first, sight unseen, in a judgment-free zone of language love.  As for the food, I’ve enjoyed just about all combinations of breakfast taco offerings and found there is no bad choice.  The only bad choice you could possibly make is to not order The Equinox, a steaming hot cup of espresso blended with horchata.  Trust me on this one.

I want a vegetarian breakfast taco:

This is Austin, so there are many places to find delicious vegetarian breakfast tacos.  One of my favorites is the Fried Avocado from Torchy’s Tacos.  Fried avocado slices, vegetarian refrieds, lettuce, cheese, and poblano sauce piled lovingly onto a corn tortilla.  Delicious.  Please follow them on Twitter at @torchystaco.

 Who else has favorites? Leave me a comment and tell me what I should be eating, and where.

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