Live music will draw you in and the Mexican food will bring you back: Guero's in Austin, Texas is a must-visit taco bar.
AHN - Eat and Run
Austin, TX - So much southwestern cuisine could be described as "supremely Texas" that it's impossible to place a label on all of it.
So in the case of Guero's Taco Bar, it's best to just get right down to the facts: it is a one of a kind experience and a must-visit stop for any trip to the great capital city of Austin.
This outdoor cantina was founded in 1986 and is a major attraction day and night because of its steady lineup of great live music. But the food is no afterthought. In fact - it is just as much an anchor attraction as the lazy, easy, days and nights that visitors enjoy in the open Guero's courtyard listening to bands and drinking beer and signature margaritas.
Signature appetizers include the chile con queso ($6.29/$9.39), quesadilla plate ($9.99) and the tacos al pastor ($2.49 each) - marinated pork, chopped cilantro, onions and pineapple on a small corn tortilla.
The caldo de pollo is a southwestern style classic chicken soup ($6.89/$11.89) topped with rice, and the hearty tortilla soup ($6.89/$11.39) is a chicken and vegetable broth loaded with pico de gallo, avocado and jack cheese. The five salad options include the mixed greens Guero's salad and a spinach ($7.69), and the 'fajita ensalada' ($12.39) with tomatoes, carrots and marinated onions, tostada chips, grilled chicken and sliced avocado.
The Guero's menu is extensive - far reaching beyond the notion of a mere 'taco bar.' Fajitas, enchiladas, tamales, burritos and other classic Mexican fare are all perfectly crafted and worthy of a meal or more and repeat visits.
But the tacos are a speciality - and so the tacos are the focus here:
The fish and shrimp taco meals ($12.99 and $16.59) are dressed and garnished uniquely - with the fish version layering marinated and grilled fish with shredded cabbage and corn and a house tequila-infused mayo, served with black beans. The grilled and marinated shrimp taco is built with mushrooms and tomatillos and served with rice and beans. Both are also available in single, a la carte portions.
The Guero's menu includes more than a dozen taco varieties - including several four-alarm spicy selections such as the El Jefe, the Macho Taco and the Pico Puerco.
Tradtional versions include the picadillo (ground beef, carrots and potatoes), beef or pork al carbon (thin sliced meats), brisket, steak and a guacamole taco loaded with jalapenos, onions, tomatoes and creamy ripened avocados. All tacos are available a la carte for either $4.49 or $4.99, with the option of creating a full entree with sides.
Guero's is located at 1412 S. Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.