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16 Great Tacos in Austin

Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ

Cerveza Beef Fajita

Photograph by Callie Richmond

When the brilliant kitchen staff at Valentina’s introduced brisket to the humble taco, they attracted a cult following to their small trailer behind the Star Bar. While we wouldn’t discourage anyone from ordering the famed fifteen-hour brisket, we implore you to not look past the trailer’s notable beef fajita. The taco is stuffed with a large portion of skirt steak that has been marinated in beer and lime juice, then seasoned and smoked over mesquite. The steak is then sliced and combined with hot caramelized onions and bell peppers and finished with sea salt, guacamole, and a squeeze of lime. The taco’s $5 price tag might look steep, but it takes only one to make a meal for all but the hungriest of diners. Flour tortillas are homemade here and crisped on the griddle when you order. The roja sauce uses serrano peppers (along a liberal helping of garlic and onion) and pairs well with both the beef fajita and the also-enjoyable pulled-pollo taco. While Valentina’s has lunch hours five days a week, a dinner visit can prove more fun: your taco can be paired with a craft beer from the Star Bar, which offers its patio seating area to diners.

600 W. 6th (512-221-4248). Open Mon & Tue 5 p.m.–10 p.m., Wed 11 a.m.–2 p.m. & 5 p.m.–midnight, Thu & Fri 11 a.m.–2 p.m. & 5 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat noon–2 a.m., Sun noon–10 p.m.

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