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Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

Photograph by Daniel Vaughn

This beloved South Austin joint’s smoked meats are reliably tender and tasty, the handmade tortillas divine. And don’t get us started on the fresh salsas or the Real Deal Holyfield breakfast taco, a miracle of refried beans, fried egg, bacon, potatoes, and a slice of brisket. But any regular will tell you that the truck’s long outdoor waits can be brutal. Luckily, those will soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a forthcoming indoor location. At a date yet to be announced, pitmaster Vidal and his team are moving into a spacious brick-and-mortar spot in Buda’s charming historic downtown, just fifteen or so minutes away. Don’t worry, Central and North Austinites leery of a long drive: y’all can enjoy the brisket tacos and pulled pork sandwiches at Valentina’s outpost at Q2 Stadium, home of Austin’s new professional soccer team.

City: Austin


Method: Mesquite; offset smoker

Pitmaster: Miguel Vidal, 40 

Pro-tip: The smoked burger Thursday special is no longer available, but if you’re one of the many who crave it, head to Vidal’s new truck, Cash Cow Burgers, located down the road.

Price: $

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 11500 Menchaca Rd, Austin, TX

Hours: Wed–Sun 7:30–6 or sold out

Phone: 512-221-4248

Website: www.valentinastexmexbbq.com

Year Opened: 2013

Last updated: December 9, 2013