May 31, 2022 - Food and Drink

Where to get great Austin tacos

Tacos from Cuantos Tacos
Very yummy tacos from Cuantos Tacos in Austin. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

Some of Austin's best bites are from Cuantos Tacos at the Arbor Food Park, by the corner of Navasota and 12th.

Details: A semi-wooded lot, the Arbor is one of those spaces that's hard to imagine will still be around in a few years.

  • It's spacious and low key, full of picnic tables in a corner of Austin bursting with development pressure.
  • It's also home to a handful of other food trailers, including pizza joint Sammataro and Venezuelan eatery Cachitos512.

What to get: We ordered champiñones (mushrooms), cachete (beef cheek), suadero (brisket), and carnitas tacos — all served on golden Nixtamal tortillas — and each juicier than the last.

  • The tacos, Mexico City style, are small — maybe three bites each, but they're rich and full of flavor. You'll think about these bites for hours afterwards.
  • If you want to give your tacos a queso fundido feel, order them quesadilla-style.

The secret weapon might be the salsas. The salsa roja carries a deep smokiness that punches up the already amazing tacos.

Pro tip: Definitely pick up the charro beans, made with glossy chunks of campechano meat — "not vegetarian or vegan," the Cuantos menu dutifully notes.

Details: Open 11am-10pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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