We're big on tacos here, I'm sure you've heard. For travelers coming to Austin and staying centrally (East, Downtown, South), we've got some quick recommendations for you based on the food and the experience you'll get.
Go for breakfast or lunch. Do a different thing for a nice dinner experience.
If you want to brag about the tacos you ate from a famous food truck in Austin that uses superb ingredients. On Saturday be prepared for a long line. (Map)
Also known as Yolanda's, the name of the wonderful woman who makes these tacos from a small, bright orange food trailer in the parking lot of an insurance dealer. Best if you want the veteran choice for authentic Austin breakfast tacos with handmade tortillas without the Veracruz wait time (cash only). (Map)
A local coffee roastery where you can also find grab-and-go Taco Deli breakfast tacos within the center of the city - very convenient. Be sure to grab the Doña sauce (creamy jalapeño). Don't get there too late or they might be out of tacos. (Map)
If you're already on South Congress and want something a little fast-casual like fried chicken with queso (Trailer Park, trashy) or a Fried avocado. Double down on daytime shopping while you're here. (Map)
If you want standard tex mex from a Mexican diner that's super fast and almost alarmingly cheap. Dine-in with your group or get them to-go. (Map)
Austin mornings and evenings are meant to begin and end with a taco. So for your late night fix, swing by The White Horse and grab a gut-busting taco (or two) from Bomb Tacos. Big, greasy, and delicious. If you went up to the Domain for night life, check out Velvet Taco (open until 4am Friday and Saturday).