Following in the footsteps of Veracruz All Natural and Pueblo Viejo, another favorite Austin taco truck has made the leap to brick-and-mortar. On June 1, brothers Miguel and Daniel Cobos will park Vaquero Taquero — the winner of this year’s Tastemaker Award for Favorite Taco — at the former home of Go Go Gourmet at 104 E. 31st St.
The restaurant was originally set to open in November 2018, but the build-out took longer than expected. The Cobos brothers did all the work themselves, including building all the furniture, laying the colorful tiles, and creating a burnt finish on the plank walls, making the space a deeply personal project.
The food is heartfelt, too. The brothers were born to Mexican immigrants and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, and that heritage shows in every aspect of the operation, from the cooking methods to the ingredients.
“Our menu is an homage to the cultures of the border of Northern Mexico and South Texas,” Miguel tells CultureMap. “We are making breakfast tacos with tasty guisados (stewed meats), including Big Red in our weekend barbacoa, and making our own fruit marmalade for our raspas.”
The initial offerings will be familiar to fans of the truck, which remains open at regular hours. During the weekdays, it will be open for dinner with bistec, al pastor, pollo, and nopales tacos and quesadilla made with handmade tortillas.
A breakfast taco menu will be offered on weekends with fillings like chorizo and eggs; black beans with queso fresco; bacon, egg, and cheese; nopales and eggs; and machacado (shredded dry) beef and eggs. Miguel says the team is currently revamping the menu and teased that tacos de guisados and tacos al vapor — steamed tacos — may be soon on the way.
Upcoming menu additions include the aforementioned seasonal fruit raspas and weekend barbacoa. The brothers are also brewing up more tepache — a fermented pineapple drink that is currently available only in limited quantities.
The grand opening festivities run from noon to 5 pm with permanent lunch and dinner hours to be set soon. Daily dinner service is 5-10 pm.