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Tamale House East

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What was once a local breakfast taco empire is now only operating out of one East side location. Tamale House has battled the odds to stay afloat through shifting ownership and a refusal to change their traditional ways in favor of a hipper aesthetic in line with the neighborhood they’re situated in. Their charming Mexican tile-centric decor, no-BS Southern waitstaff who seem like supporting characters from a bad John Grisham novel, and fantastic salsa bar packed in a mini fridge make this one of our favorite Tex-Mex spots in town.

The soul of Tamale House is their breakfast food, so we’d suggest a trip in the morning. The place is always empty, which is a sight for sore eyes used to trying to battle the elements and Yelp-reading hordes for an inferior taco elsewhere.

Food Rundown

Chipotle Migas Plate

The best migas plate in town. The cheese is melted down into a buttery sauce that ventures into territory beyond cheese itself. The chipotle option is spicier, but the regular migas plate is bland in comparison. Eat this and you won’t be hungry for another six hours plus.

Breakfast Tacos

While maybe not as big of a value win as the migas plate, their tacos are phenomenal. These are also some of the best traditional style breakfast tacos in Austin. A must-experience.

Mysterious Green Creamy Salsa

We see this green, creamy, spicy salsa around Austin and have no idea what the hell it is but we love it so much. Taco Deli has a salsa that looks eerily similar called “Dona” salsa but that’s the closest anyone has come to trying to claim the style as their own. Tamale House has a squeeze bottle of it in a little fridge in the corner and we make sure to get at least three cups of it for our migas every single time.

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