When Bon Appétit Magazine calls for taco advice, well, we deliver! So check out the cool story on the Austin taco scene in the November issue of Bon Appétit!
Ask a Local: The Taco Man
No one has eaten more tacos than Mando Rayo, co-author of Austin Breakfast Tacos and the man behind the blog tacojournalism.com. We can all learn from the guy.
1. You roll a burrito, flauta, and enchilada. You fold a taco.
2. Avoid college tacos, which consist of overcooked eggs, too much cheese, and a cold tortilla.
3. It’s always a good time to eat a taco. Just make sure you’re not the first (the griddle needs time to
become seasoned) or last (how long has the meat been sitting out?).
4. If you’re a taco rookie, skip the ground-beef taco and start with a pollo al carbon (grilled chicken) or an al pastor (spit-grilled pork).
5. Do eat tacos from Mexican, Asian, BBQ, and even American restaurants, but never, ever from a fastfood chain.
6. Always eat with your hands.
7. Spend $2–$3 per taco. Don’t pay $6 for one taco in Austin—or NYC.
8. You know you’re eating at an authentic joint if:
-The taqueria is next to a garage or Laundromat.
-More than half of the diners are Latino.
-You have to order in Spanish.
-The TV is blaring Sábado Gigante or fùtbol.
-The family next to you is dressed to the nines.
-The staff gives you a blank stare when you ask for a vegetarian option.
-The aguas frescas are plentiful, colorful, and flowing!