This little storefront north of the UT campus had limited indoor seating to begin with but has now transitioned to a Mexico City–style walk-up taqueria, with a few picnic tables outside. Order this to go: You can just see the trompo inside the entrance, the layered, marinated pork ready to be sliced off and nestled into hefty corn tortillas and sprinkled with a little diced onion, cilantro, and pineapple. Those al pastor tacos have gained Vaquero a loyal following, but be sure to try the other options, like nopales, chicken mole, and, our favorite, the birria de res (in taco or quesadilla form), the succulent meat folded into a cheese-crusted tortilla (costra). Pro tip: Mornings offer Square Peg coffee and breakfast tacos, like chorizo and egg and machacado.
Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.
Drinks: No bar