Veracruz All Natural
This popular food truck, which was founded by two sisters who grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, before moving to Texas, recently opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Austin at 9003 Waterford Centre Blvd., Ste. 180.
This Mexican restaurant recently opened its third Austin location at 3632 S. Congress Ave.
One of owner Sergio Varela's favorite Papalote tacos is the alambres. The taco comes with grilled steak, bacon, poblano peppers, onions, provolone and avocado.
Another Austin food truck staple, OneTaco opened its second brick-and-mortar location at 2900 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 14, Austin, in September.
Co-owners Tony Avila and Axel Beverido aim to bring a traditional Mexican taqueria and cerveceria—a restaurant specializing in tacos and beer, respectively—to the city.
This counter-service eatery at Northcross Mall at 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, got off to a slow start when Javier Gracia opened the restaurant in 2010.
Since adding a catering service a couple years ago, however, Dos Batos has gained traction with its popular meat taco called a pirata—pirate in Spanish—and other authentic Mexican dishes.
Matt's El Rancho
This longtime Mexican restaurant at 2613 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, celebrated 65 years in business in July.
Founded by Matt and Janie Martinez in 1952, Matt's El Rancho has grown from 40 seats to more than 500.
El Chilito, El Chile, El Alma and Alcomar locations
In recognition of National Taco Day, El Chile Group restaurants will feature a special taco dish.
At El Chile, at 1809 Manor Road, Austin, there's the Brisket and Chicharron taco. 512-457-9900. www.elchilecafe.com
At El Alma,at 1025 Barton Springs Road, Austin, the Puerco Enchilado taco, with white onions, cilantro and chicharron. 512-609-8923. www.elalmacafe.com
At El Chilito, the Taco Nacional: grilled steak, chimichurri, nopalitos, roasted corn and queso fresco. Multiple locations. www.elchilito.com
And at Alcomar, at 1816 S. First St., Austin, the Yellowfin Tuna al Pastor Taco, served with grilled pineapple and xni-pec salsa. 512-401-3161. www.alcomaratx.com
This downtown diner's lunch menu offers two tacos for celebrants. The fish taco has all the basics—grilled fish, avocado, crema, cilantro, salsa verde—as well as the unexpected addiction of french fries. The short rib tacos packs a punch with horseradish cream, crispy onion and pickled red onion. Searsucker is located at 415 Colorado St., Austin. 512-394-8000. www.searsucker.com/austin
This new downtown spot shows off its rebellious side with its Choco Taco: soft serve in a waffle shell with chocolate dip and toppings. Holy Roller is located at 509 Rio Grande St., Austin. 512-502-5119. www.holyrolleraustin.com