Torchy’s Tacos made Tasting Table’s list, coming in at No. 10 out of 11, beating out Salvation Taco in New York City. Curiously, Torchy’s was the only Texas spot to make the list, while two New York spots, three California restaurants and even a Massachusetts taco shop also made the list. (Calamari and beets on tacos? Um, OK.)
“This famous spot is known for its unique flavor combinations like green chile pork and fresh ingredients like avocado salsa,” Tasting Table raves. “The best part? Breakfast is served all day, so you can have Austin’s favorite egg tacos no matter when the craving hits.”
WFAA’s reporter David Schechter and viewer Olivia Gonzalez tested multiple Austin and San Antonio breakfast tacos in order to make their decision on which city is better, saying “it’s time to stir up this hornet’s nest once more.”
Here are the rules for how they conducted their test:
“Each city’s convention and visitor’s bureau nominated three restaurants and provided us with one spokesperson. We ordered the same three breakfast tacos, everywhere (bean and bacon, potato and egg, barbacoa) with each owner choosing one wildcard taco. Then, we scored for things like taste, authenticity and the quality of the tortilla.”
Schechter and Gonzalez started in Austin at Juan in a Million and
gave it an 82.5 out of 100 possible points. They gave Vera Cruz Taco Truck an 83.5 and Maria’s Taco Xpress a 78.5. Not too shabby, right?
Well, when they get to San Antonio’s El Milagrito, they gave the restaurant a 91.5. Taco Haven received a 90 and Taco Taco got an 85.5. They also spoke to San Antonio Express-News’ food writer Edmund Tijerina who had something to say about Austin.
“San Antonians are pretty laid back and pretty forgiving but when, you know, Austin is trying to take credit for this, then that’s when San Antonio says okay. Hey, wait a minute, enough now,” he said.
Taco journalist Jared Neece said Austin is more like the city that’s bringing breakfast tacos to the world because so many people visit. “Austin’s unique. Austin does unique food. And whether doing that is taking it away from the traditional and making it something else and it’s losing its roots or if you just think it’s the evolution of the breakfast taco, I guess that’s up to you to decide,” he said.
When all was said and done, the final scores were in: Austin got an 81.5 and San Antonio got 89.
But does anything Dallas says about our tacos really matter? Our neighbors to the north should just mind their own business.
Well apparently it’s a thing for U.S. presidents to grab some tacos when they come to Austin. According to Eater Austin, former president Bill Clinton ate some of Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon this week at a private fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
While everyone else at brisket-filled El Rey tacos, Chef Rene Ortiz whipped up some vegan tacos just for Clinton. Ortiz called it “an amazing experience.”