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Austin food truck famous for tacos opens first-ever restaurant space

Austin food truck famous for tacos opens first-ever restaurant space

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ barbecue brisket taco
Valentina's Tex-Mex BBQ is on the move. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ/Facebook

Update: Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ will open its new location on Thursday, January 19; The Violet Taco's debut will follow on Friday, January 20.


South Austin, this one's for you. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ will open its first brick-and-mortar restaurant at 11500 Manchaca Rd.

The food truck began raking in the accolades as soon as it debuted in 2013. While barbecue genius Miguel Vidal's spread includes breakfast, barbecue, and sandwiches, Valentina's is most famous for its brisket taco, one of the top tacos in town — and in Texas.

The move means the end to Valentina's Brodie Lane spot. "We'll be moving our trailer to our brand-new location while we get this building ready to be the brand-new Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ," reads a Facebook post from the team. "Thanks for all the love and support, Austin. We couldn't have done it without you."

However, the space will not stay empty for long. In a corresponding announcement, Valentina's sister food truck, The Violet Taco, revealed plans to relocate from Star Bar to Brodie Lane, filling the taco void with its fun mix of classic and unique creations.

"We can't wait to bring our tacos to South Austin," says the team.

The Violet Taco shuttered on New Year's Day; Valentina's will close up shop soon and move its food truck to Manchaca Road to await the renovations. Violet Taco's reopening and Valentina's relocation are scheduled for late January.

Valentina's isn't the only recent taco truck success story. Veracruz All Natural just opened a brick-and-mortar in Round Rock, while OneTaco debuted a new space in Cedar Park.