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10 Best Spots to Celebrate Taco Tuesday in Austin

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Taco Tuesday in Austin isn’t just a clever hashtag — it’s a way of life, best not restricted to one day a week. Indeed, if you could pin down an authentic Austin flavor, it would be that perfect marriage of taco and margarita (or Mexican martini) … that swirl of spicy, sweet, sour, and salty.

Here are a few of our favorite places to celebrate Taco Tuesday (or Wednesday, Thursday, etc.). Because a day without tacos and tequila in Texas is like a day without sunshine — and that just ain’t right.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Oasis on Lake Travis

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6550 Comanche Trail
Austin, TX 78732
(512) 266-2442
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If you like your tacos with a view, probably the best-known spot in Austin for sunset sips is the Oasis, the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas. The family-friendly restaurant and bar overlooks Lake Travis and offers a laid-back option for Taco Tuesday. The menu brings together American and Tex-Mex favorites, including fish tacos, shrimp tacos, and sabana de pollo. Pair these with a Beer Rita or a Mexican martini and you’re in for a beautiful night even after the sun sets.

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2. Flores Mexican Restaurant

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8300 N FM 620
Austin, TX 78726
(512) 996-9636
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Flores offers an extensive menu of tried-and-true Tex-Mex favorites. The crispy beef tacos, chicken flaquitos, or pork carnitas might become your next go-to for your Tuesday (or any day) taco fix. There are classics represented on the drink menu, too, like the Flores family’s special margarita recipe. But you might also want to order up a Marimosa — a blend of Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, agave nectar, lime and mango juices, with sparkling wine on top. Salud!

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3. Trudy's

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409 W 30th St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-2935
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Trudy’s unique Austin vibe and delicious Mexican martinis have earned the local chain a loyal fan base throughout Austin and beyond. You’ll find some really interesting flavor combinations here, too. The stuffed avocado (available as an entree or appetizer) is a breaded and fried avocado stuffed with spiced chicken and cheese. Trudy’s offers a rainbow of margarita options, including a sangria margarita. But if you’ve never tried a Mexican martini before, order one here — it’s one of the items that put Trudy’s on the map.

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4. Gloria's Latin Cuisine

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300 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 236-1795
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Infuse your Taco Tuesday celebration with flavors from El Salvador (plus Tex-Mex faves) at Gloria’s. You’ll start your meal with complimentary chips and salsa, plus Gloria’s signature black bean dip. Go beyond the typical taco by ordering the house specialty, pupusas, which are thick stuffed corn cakes served with gallo pinto. You can’t go wrong with a 1986 margarita, a homage to the year Gloria and Jose Fuentes founded the first Gloria’s in the Lone Star State. This take on a classic combines Cazadores Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice, and St. Germain elderflower liqueur for a sweet and salty accompaniment to your meal.

5. La Condesa

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400 W 2nd St A
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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Arguably the most stylish restaurant on the list for your Instagram-worthy Taco Tuesday, La Condesa offers beautiful platings in addition to its lovely interior style. If you want to branch out beyond the typical marg, sip on El Cúbico, a handcrafted cocktail that starts with tobacco-infused reposado tequila that’s shaken with vanilla-infused brandy, lemon, grilled pineapple juice, and mezcal essence and finished with a beautiful saffron salt rim. The tacos introduce interesting flavors, too, such as the calabaza al pastor with roasted butternut squash, avocado, chile, and pineapple salpicón.

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6. Güero's Taco Bar

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1412 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 447-7688
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Located in Austin’s SoCo (South Congress) district, this humble taco bar with outdoor seating claims that “it’s Taco Tuesday every day.” If you’re lucky, you can even take in a live show and rock out with your taco. Their street taco selection — including brisket, picadillo, al pastor, fish, and guacamole among others — makes the perfect snack or full meal to accompany your beverage of choice. Güeros offers nearly 20 different margaritas with different blends of tequila and fresh squeezed juice.

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7. Fresa's

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1703 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 992-2946
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This cheery, retro-branded Austin Tex-Mex joint prides itself on its fresh spin on the Mexican classic dish pollo al carbón, a spicy charcoal-grilled chicken, which you can order whole, half, or quarter. Fresa’s taco menu includes La Fresa, a corn tortilla filled with achiote chicken, avocado, cotija cheese, onion, cabbage, cilantro, and green salsa. Be sure to end your meal with homemade ice cream or (and) take advantage of the all-day happy hour here with a tasty margarita. You can even purchase a margarita kit to make your own at home and keep the Taco Tuesday spirit alive.

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8. Matt's El Rancho

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2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 462-9333
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One of the most beloved Tex-Mex institutions in Austin, Matt’s El Rancho serves up a classic queso that tops many foodies’ “best of” lists. A deeper dive into the menu reveals pecan-smoked brisket tacos and the highly rated asadero tacos, with beef tenderloin, grilled asadero cheese, onions, and rajas wrapped up in corn tortillas. You can’t go wrong with the Mexican martinis or margaritas here, including a skinny version available frozen or on the rocks. Customize your marg with blanco, reposado, or añejo tequilas.

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9. Chuy's

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1728 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-4452
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A Texas restaurant chain that isn’t afraid to have a little fun, Chuy’s is a reliably delicious happy hour stop for queso, tacos, and drinks. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see a free nacho bar housed in a car trunk mounted to the wall and an Elvis shrine. The Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken is a thing of legend, deep-fried in a coating of Lay’s potato chips and topped with cheese and chile sauce. Did you spend all your calorie allowance on the food? Order up a top-shelf Skinny Rita — Cazadores Reposado Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar — to balance things out

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10. Maudie's Cafe

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2608 W 7th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 473-3740
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Another original Austin institution, Maudie’s was born in 1954 and has since blossomed into multiple locations serving up crave-worthy Tex-Mex cuisine. Treat yourself to a Maudie’s Mexican martini, created with Cazadores Reposado Tequila, or any of their flavored margaritas — they even have a spicy mango version. Maudie’s serves breakfast all day, and you can’t go wrong with one of their legendary breakfast tacos, like the migas or huevos borrachos tacos (also available in vegetarian options).

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1. The Oasis on Lake Travis

6550 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732
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If you like your tacos with a view, probably the best-known spot in Austin for sunset sips is the Oasis, the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas. The family-friendly restaurant and bar overlooks Lake Travis and offers a laid-back option for Taco Tuesday. The menu brings together American and Tex-Mex favorites, including fish tacos, shrimp tacos, and sabana de pollo. Pair these with a Beer Rita or a Mexican martini and you’re in for a beautiful night even after the sun sets.

6550 Comanche Trail
Austin, TX 78732

2. Flores Mexican Restaurant

8300 N FM 620, Austin, TX 78726
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Flores offers an extensive menu of tried-and-true Tex-Mex favorites. The crispy beef tacos, chicken flaquitos, or pork carnitas might become your next go-to for your Tuesday (or any day) taco fix. There are classics represented on the drink menu, too, like the Flores family’s special margarita recipe. But you might also want to order up a Marimosa — a blend of Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, agave nectar, lime and mango juices, with sparkling wine on top. Salud!

8300 N FM 620
Austin, TX 78726

3. Trudy's

409 W 30th St, Austin, TX 78705
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Trudy’s unique Austin vibe and delicious Mexican martinis have earned the local chain a loyal fan base throughout Austin and beyond. You’ll find some really interesting flavor combinations here, too. The stuffed avocado (available as an entree or appetizer) is a breaded and fried avocado stuffed with spiced chicken and cheese. Trudy’s offers a rainbow of margarita options, including a sangria margarita. But if you’ve never tried a Mexican martini before, order one here — it’s one of the items that put Trudy’s on the map.

409 W 30th St
Austin, TX 78705

4. Gloria's Latin Cuisine

300 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Infuse your Taco Tuesday celebration with flavors from El Salvador (plus Tex-Mex faves) at Gloria’s. You’ll start your meal with complimentary chips and salsa, plus Gloria’s signature black bean dip. Go beyond the typical taco by ordering the house specialty, pupusas, which are thick stuffed corn cakes served with gallo pinto. You can’t go wrong with a 1986 margarita, a homage to the year Gloria and Jose Fuentes founded the first Gloria’s in the Lone Star State. This take on a classic combines Cazadores Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice, and St. Germain elderflower liqueur for a sweet and salty accompaniment to your meal.

300 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

5. La Condesa

400 W 2nd St A, Austin, TX 78701
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Arguably the most stylish restaurant on the list for your Instagram-worthy Taco Tuesday, La Condesa offers beautiful platings in addition to its lovely interior style. If you want to branch out beyond the typical marg, sip on El Cúbico, a handcrafted cocktail that starts with tobacco-infused reposado tequila that’s shaken with vanilla-infused brandy, lemon, grilled pineapple juice, and mezcal essence and finished with a beautiful saffron salt rim. The tacos introduce interesting flavors, too, such as the calabaza al pastor with roasted butternut squash, avocado, chile, and pineapple salpicón.

400 W 2nd St A
Austin, TX 78701

6. Güero's Taco Bar

1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Richard Casteel | Courtesy of Güero's Taco Bar

Located in Austin’s SoCo (South Congress) district, this humble taco bar with outdoor seating claims that “it’s Taco Tuesday every day.” If you’re lucky, you can even take in a live show and rock out with your taco. Their street taco selection — including brisket, picadillo, al pastor, fish, and guacamole among others — makes the perfect snack or full meal to accompany your beverage of choice. Güeros offers nearly 20 different margaritas with different blends of tequila and fresh squeezed juice.

1412 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

7. Fresa's

1703 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Courtesy of Fresa’s

This cheery, retro-branded Austin Tex-Mex joint prides itself on its fresh spin on the Mexican classic dish pollo al carbón, a spicy charcoal-grilled chicken, which you can order whole, half, or quarter. Fresa’s taco menu includes La Fresa, a corn tortilla filled with achiote chicken, avocado, cotija cheese, onion, cabbage, cilantro, and green salsa. Be sure to end your meal with homemade ice cream or (and) take advantage of the all-day happy hour here with a tasty margarita. You can even purchase a margarita kit to make your own at home and keep the Taco Tuesday spirit alive.

1703 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

8. Matt's El Rancho

2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Courtesy of Michael Black | Matt’s El Rancho

One of the most beloved Tex-Mex institutions in Austin, Matt’s El Rancho serves up a classic queso that tops many foodies’ “best of” lists. A deeper dive into the menu reveals pecan-smoked brisket tacos and the highly rated asadero tacos, with beef tenderloin, grilled asadero cheese, onions, and rajas wrapped up in corn tortillas. You can’t go wrong with the Mexican martinis or margaritas here, including a skinny version available frozen or on the rocks. Customize your marg with blanco, reposado, or añejo tequilas.

2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

9. Chuy's

1728 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
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A Texas restaurant chain that isn’t afraid to have a little fun, Chuy’s is a reliably delicious happy hour stop for queso, tacos, and drinks. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see a free nacho bar housed in a car trunk mounted to the wall and an Elvis shrine. The Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken is a thing of legend, deep-fried in a coating of Lay’s potato chips and topped with cheese and chile sauce. Did you spend all your calorie allowance on the food? Order up a top-shelf Skinny Rita — Cazadores Reposado Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar — to balance things out

1728 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

10. Maudie's Cafe

2608 W 7th St, Austin, TX 78703
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Another original Austin institution, Maudie’s was born in 1954 and has since blossomed into multiple locations serving up crave-worthy Tex-Mex cuisine. Treat yourself to a Maudie’s Mexican martini, created with Cazadores Reposado Tequila, or any of their flavored margaritas — they even have a spicy mango version. Maudie’s serves breakfast all day, and you can’t go wrong with one of their legendary breakfast tacos, like the migas or huevos borrachos tacos (also available in vegetarian options).

2608 W 7th St
Austin, TX 78703

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