After a late night in the music clubs on Sixth Street or at the Continental on the SoCo strip, where do locals go for a late-morning breakfast with a cold beer or more margaritas? Güero's, of course. Set in an old South Austin feed store, the place feels as hungover as its sleepy Saturday morning clientele looks. With boot-scratched wood floors, brick walls with peeling paint, and tables and chairs you might find in a Mexican cantina, Güero's is as laid-back as Austin is weird. It's also often crowded and noisy, but there are a few tables outside where conversation is possible over the sounds of the busy street. I like it best during off hours, in those rare moments there when the world seems sunny and slow and lazy and ready for a siesta. The restaurant makes its own tortillas by hand, never better than topped with a little pile of grilled pork, pineapple, chopped onion, and cilantro in the tacos al pastor. They even do a vegan version of this dish, with soy chorizo on a corn tortilla chiquita. There are several other vegan options on the menu as well. Güero's reputation is as a weekend breakfast spot, but it's open day and night. Years ago it started out in a smaller building on Oltorf Street, but it's now a big, happy happening hangout on South Congress. Expect to wait for a table. For those who want to imbibe, ice-cold hand-shaken margaritas made with fresh-squeezed lime juice are the way to go.
Güero’s Taco Bar
1412 South Congress Ave.
Our Rating Neighborhood South Austin/SoCo Hours Mon–Wed11am–10pm, Thurs–Fri 11am–11pm, Sat–Sun 8am–11pm Phone 512/447-7688 Prices Main courses $6–$16 Cuisine Type TEX-MEX Web site Güero’s Taco Bar
Map1412 South Congress Ave. Austin
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