You don't have to wait until December to get your hands on Texas Monthly's master list of the top 120 tacos in Texas. Earlier this month, the magazine teased its December cover story by revealing Texas' top 10 tacos. The full list is now available, sooner than anticipated, and features 12 must-try tacos in Austin.
Lest we forget, the brisket delicacy from Valentina's Tex-Mex BBQ earned the distinguished title of top taco. Eleven other local tacos, from traditional Mexican to contemporary, join Valentina's on the exhaustive list. Here's a taste of the Austin tacos you must eat before you die.
Classic offerings include lengua from La Posada, barbacoa from Joe's Bakery and Coffee Shop, carne enchilada from Mi Tradición, carnitas from Taco-Mex, fish from Tamale House East, and the gringa from Rosita's Al Pastor.
While hole-in-the-wall joints reign supreme, two iconic restaurants make an appearance. Tacos al carbon from Fonda San Miguel and Matt's Famous El Rancho's asadero taco, a "massive, messy masterpiece," proudly represent the old guard of Austin cuisine.
Austin's tastiest taco chains get some love too. For an outrageous taco, try Torchy's Tacos' "secret" Missionary-Style Green Chili Pork. Or, go veggie-style with the Space Cowboy from Tacodeli, packed with portobellos, guacamole, poblanos, and more.
And, of course, there are the breakfast tacos. The cult-favorite migas taco from Veracruz All Natural is joined by the chorizo, egg, and potato taco from Tacos Guerrero.
Looks like you've got some tacos to try. For even more taco talk, pick up the December issue of Texas Monthly, or visit the site.