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16 Great Tacos in Austin

Pueblo Viejo

Taco Azteca (Ham, egg, jalapeño, and beans)

Photograph Callie Richmond

On an unseasonably cold fall morning, we sampled Pueblo Viejo’s offerings based on a tip from a nearby restaurant owner. The lengthy menu caters to hip East Austin worker bees with myriad options and many veggies, but we focused on the traditional. Our breakfast favorite, the Taco Azteca, places peppery eggs packed with chunky jalapeños and grilled onions on a bed of creamy refried beans. The freshness and crunch of the peppers and the jalapeño-based verde salsa elevate the taco to greatness, as does a perfectly crisped flour tortilla. The roja and verde salsas lean mild but are impeccably fresh—daredevils can request the orange sauce, which employs five peppers, including the habanero. If visiting at lunch, the meaty and earthy Pueblo Viejo Taco (seasoned steak, mushroom, and avocado) is a strong, fulfilling choice.

907 E. 6th (512-373-6577). Open Mon–Wed 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Thu 7:30 a.m.–midnight, Fri & Sat 7:30 a.m.–2:30 a.m., Sun 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

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