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Taco town

Austin is the capital of Texas and possibly the center of the taco universe

By REID WILSON The Washington Post

This article was published March 11, 2018 at 3:06 a.m.

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An unexpected stop on a Tour de Taco is Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop. Owned by Lance Armstrong, it’s home to more than bikes. It also has a cafe that serves breakfast tacos made by a local taco truck.

IF YOU GO:

WHERE TO EAT

• Juan Pelota Cafe

400 Nueces St., Austin, Texas

(512) 473-0222

juanpelotacafe.com

Relaxed coffee shop attached to Lance Armstrong’s bike shop, serving breakfast tacos daily. Tacos from $2.50.

• Lazarus Brewing

1902 E. Sixth St., Austin, Texas

(512) 394-7620

lazarusbrewing.com

Local brewery featuring 13 beers on tap, plus rotating specials, homemade root beer and Tex-Mex cuisine. Tacos from $3.

• Joe’s Bakery

2305 East Seventh St., Austin, Texas

(512) 472-0017

joesbakery.com

A fourth-generation family diner that serves breakfast and lunch six days a week. Closed Mondays. Tacos from $1.99.

• El Arroyo

1624 West Fifth St., Austin, Texas

(512) 474-1222

elarroyo.com

Classic Tex-Mex restaurant featuring a clever sign and great happy hour specials. Taco plates from $8.95.

• Austin Taco Project

500 East Fourth St., Austin, Texas

(512) 682-2739

austintacoproject.com

Upscale cocktails and gourmet tacos inside the Hilton Austin. Taco plates from $7.95 for an order of two.

• Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon

915 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas

(512) 428-5077

fresaschicken.com

Walk-up, authentic taco stand featuring homemade tortillas. Known for breakfast tacos, but also open late, until 10 p.m. Tacos from $2.80

• Torchy’s Tacos

Multiple locations

torchystacos.com

An Austin-based, family-centric and local chain featuring a wide variety of tacos and beers on tap.

WHAT TO DO

• Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library

2313 Red River St., Austin, Texas

(512) 721-0200

lbjlibrary.org

The 36th president’s official library on the University of Texas’s flagship campus. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $10, seniors $7, former military with valid ID $5, ages 13 to 17 $3, younger free.

• Barton Springs Pool

2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas

(512) 974-6300

austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool

A three-acre pool fed by natural springs in the heart of Austin’s massive Zilker Park. Open daily year-round, except for select dates in late February. Hours vary by season. Summer admission fee for nonresidents: $8; seniors and children ages 12 to 17: $4; ages 1 to 11: $3; free for infants.

• Texas State Capitol

1100 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas

(512) 463-0063

www.tspb.state.tx.us/plan/tours/tours.html

Classical pink granite architecture in the heart of Austin. Free tours available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Tours depart from South Foyer.

INFORMATION

• austintexas.org

Migas tacos — scrambled eggs, chopped onions and serranos, crushed tortilla chips and melted shredded cheese served on wheat tortillas with refried be...

It’s not just tacos in Austin, Texas. There’s also fun and recreation to be found at spots like Barton Springs.

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IF YOU GO:

WHERE TO EAT

• Juan Pelota Cafe

400 Nueces St., Austin, Texas

(512) 473-0222

juanpelotacafe.com

Relaxed coffee shop attached to Lance Armstrong’s bike shop, serving breakfast tacos daily. Tacos from $2.50.

• Lazarus Brewing

1902 E. Sixth St., Austin, Texas

(512) 394-7620

lazarusbrewing.com

Local brewery featuring 13 beers on tap, plus rotating specials, homemade root beer and Tex-Mex cuisine. Tacos from $3.

• Joe’s Bakery

2305 East Seventh St., Austin, Texas

(512) 472-0017

joesbakery.com

A fourth-generation family diner that serves breakfast and lunch six days a week. Closed Mondays. Tacos from $1.99.

• El Arroyo

1624 West Fifth St., Austin, Texas

(512) 474-1222

elarroyo.com

Classic Tex-Mex restaurant featuring a clever sign and great happy hour specials. Taco plates from $8.95.

• Austin Taco Project

500 East Fourth St., Austin, Texas

(512) 682-2739

austintacoproject.com

Upscale cocktails and gourmet tacos inside the Hilton Austin. Taco plates from $7.95 for an order of two.

• Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon

915 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas

(512) 428-5077

fresaschicken.com

Walk-up, authentic taco stand featuring homemade tortillas. Known for breakfast tacos, but also open late, until 10 p.m. Tacos from $2.80

• Torchy’s Tacos

Multiple locations

torchystacos.com

An Austin-based, family-centric and local chain featuring a wide variety of tacos and beers on tap.

WHAT TO DO

• Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library

2313 Red River St., Austin, Texas

(512) 721-0200

lbjlibrary.org

The 36th president’s official library on the University of Texas’s flagship campus. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $10, seniors $7, former military with valid ID $5, ages 13 to 17 $3, younger free.

• Barton Springs Pool

2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas

(512) 974-6300

austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool

A three-acre pool fed by natural springs in the heart of Austin’s massive Zilker Park. Open daily year-round, except for select dates in late February. Hours vary by season. Summer admission fee for nonresidents: $8; seniors and children ages 12 to 17: $4; ages 1 to 11: $3; free for infants.

• Texas State Capitol

1100 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas

(512) 463-0063

www.tspb.state.tx.us/plan/tours/tours.html

Classical pink granite architecture in the heart of Austin. Free tours available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Tours depart from South Foyer.

INFORMATION

• austintexas.org

Migas tacos — scrambled eggs, chopped onions and serranos, crushed tortilla chips and melted shredded cheese served on wheat tortillas with refried be...

It’s not just tacos in Austin, Texas. There’s also fun and recreation to be found at spots like Barton Springs.

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