Taco Rivalry: 12 Best Taco Spots in Austin and San Antonio, Texas

Austin and San Antonio, Texas, a mere 60 miles from each other, have always had a “friendly rivalry” regarding their respective taco scenes. One may be more authentic, the other fancier, but they’re both crave-worthy at the beginning or end of each day.

I’m a local Texan, and here are my top picks with the best tacos in Austin and San Antonio. 

Best Taco Spots in Austin

and San Antonio, Texas

I may be biased as part owner of this hopping taco joint, but since its inception in 2021, DeNada Cantina has been serving up some of the most flavorful Mexican-style street tacos north of the Rio Grande. 

1. DeNada Cantina

2. Mi Trailita y Mas

This hole-in-the-wall gem serves some of Austin’s best Tacos al Pastor and Cali-style burritos. Located on Manor Rd, you might miss the spot if you don’t know what you’re looking for. 

Founded by sisters Reyna and Maritza Vazquez, Veracruz All Natural is much more than a taco joint. Starting in a humble food truck, the sisters knew they wanted to open their own Mexican restaurant, incorporating the recipes they learned from their mother and grandmother, and it has paid off. 

3. Veracruz All Natural

This small, colorful, and counter-service Mexican restaurant prides itself on its fresh ingredients and noticeably complex specials by incorporating the Ancient Aztec nixtamalized corn tortilla process. 

4. Nixta Taqueria

For the more refined palate, fine-dining Mexican restaurant Suerte’s Suadero tacos of confit wagyu brisket, black magic oil, avocado crudo, and onion and cilantro will have you dreaming about them for a very long time afterward. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. 

5. Suerte

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