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12001 Burnet Rd
Austin TX 78758
339-1700

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About Tacodeli

Hip Austiny local chain with two locations.

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I Don't Get It

Reviewer: Chris

Original Review Date: 09/23/2005

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

Every time I go there (three times now), the place is packed. I have to admit, I don't get the attraction. I think its "hip factor" is drawing people in. It's a very hip Austiny-feeling place. The website and online menu are well-done, attractive, funky and inviting. But the food doesn't measure up. My first visit was pretty good, then downhill from there.

First visit I had the soup, Sopa las Mañanitas. It was very tasty--light broth with fresh tomatos, onions, peppers, avocado and chicken diced up. It did take an absurdly long time to prepare, though. I waited probably 10 minutes, as people who ordered well after I did got their tacos. I figured they would just scoop out some broth and toss in some veggies. But the flavor and freshness were good (although it did get a little salty towards the end), so it was worth the wait.

Next visit I got the poblano taco. I was expecting something other than what I got, which was an oily mass of cheese, poblano and breading in a flour tortilla. I knew there would be cheese (but not so much), and poblano. I just didn't realize that there would be a breaded and fried poblano. I opened the taco to discover something brown inside, as question marks formed over my head. It took me a while to realize it was the breading on a fried poblano (like a typical relleno, I guess). It was all soggy and the whole thing turned into a big messy ball of oily cheese and stuff, most of which I couldn't eat. I wouldn't recommend it.

Then I tried their "signature taco," the Frontera Fundido Taco, with chicken (sirloin is the other option). It's got grilled chicken, sauteed poblano & onion, and Monterey Jack cheese. Sounds like a great combination of ingredients. Not that great. The chicken did not look or taste like what I would expect of "grilled chicken"--no grill marks, no smoky flame-kissed flavor. The chicken chunks had a brownish glaze and were fairly dry. And I saw no sign of melted cheese on my taco. I also tried the Adobados taco--adobo-marinated chicken with onions and cilantro. Nothing special there. Not bad, but nothing I need to get again.

So overall, the food is not bad, but it ain't that great either. I have no desire to go back. And the music sealed the deal for me--classic rock type stuff (heard some Bad Company while there!). If you don't play Spanish music in your Mexican restaurant, something is wrong, amigos.

Breakfast Taco Update 3/2008. Finally tried the much vaunted breakfast tacos when a coworker brought them in one morning. Yawn. Absolutely run-of-the-mill breakfast tacos--dry eggs, standard tortillas. And I was less than impressed with the potatoes. Mashed potatoes in a breakfast taco?? Strange, did not work at all for me. I still don't get it.

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Pricey but Worth It!

Reviewer: Audrey Huffenreuter

http://www.downtownaustincondos.org

Review Date: 03/16/2012 09:53PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

Okay let's get the first thing out of the way.
This is NOT Tacobell/Taco Bueno so it's not going to be cheap. This is a bit pricier for tacos, but you get what you pay for in my opinion and I am willing to pay a little bit more for a really good taco.
That's what you get here- a great taco that costs a little more- plus its more "Austiny," if you're into that sort of thing.

Overpriced for average food

Reviewer: JesusGarza

Review Date: 02/26/2012 02:15PM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

My wife and daughter really like the place. I don't get it.

I've been to Tacodeli 4 times now. My experience each time was the same, I felt a little let down. So much hype for average food. I've tried to order different tacos each time in the hopes of hitting on something great. I've had the chicken mole, chicken Fundido, pastore, and miga tacos. To me the tacos are bland. Dumping a ton of rojo salsa on the tacos helped but could not rescue them.

The only thing I can think is they tried to Americanize the tacos so much they are just boring. The same goes for their salsas, they are just average. Not sure how they won so many awards for their salsa.

My favorate part of going to Tacodeli is the coffee.

Sorry. Best Tacos. Hands Down.

Reviewer: Daisy Buchanan

http://equipment.shortorder.com

Review Date: 06/22/2011 03:53PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

In all due respect this is one of my favorite taco places in Austin, so I feel like I have to defend it. I've been a loyal customer even before they had a store and just delivered tacos to buildings at lunch time. Although I've never had the Frontero Fundito with chicken, I can promise you that the sirloin version is out of this world. Anybody try their new bison taco?? It's my new favorite.

Why not Dinner?

Reviewer: Nate

Review Date: 06/08/2010 06:36PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

Anybody know why they don't stay open until dinner and close at 3pm?

I can't be the only person who'd eat there at 7pm, can I? Because I would.

Oh, and the Monday Special, the Picosito, was like sex in my mouth.

It used to be better

Reviewer: Anymouse

Review Date: 05/10/2010 06:38PM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

I went there for breakfast and the eggs were grainy, like the ones fron the frozen cartons. I've had there lunch tacos before and was really impressed. But the staff was real rude to us this time too. My friend and I used to tell people how great this place was but I don't think either of us will be going back any time soon.

Reviewer: Andrew R

Review Date: 05/07/2010 10:13PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

to Chris... RE: "I Don't Get It"

You're an idiot. This is the best in Texas. What don't you get? Thay your tastebuds are shot?

Awesome Place

Reviewer: Austin Apartments

http://www.austin-apt-locator.com

Review Date: 04/24/2010 04:32AM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

Hands down best tacos in town. I would recommend this place to anyone.

Pretty good

Reviewer: Adam K

Review Date: 11/06/2008 08:09PM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

I ignored the bad reviews here because any place that gets a ton of fans and vehement detractors tends to have a really good niche flavor, and I tend to go for that.

I'm glad I did. This place is pretty good. I went to the North location and, take heed, don't go *at* lunch. Go after or before, but right at 12 you won't be able to park without circling around a few times. The line's a little long, there is no place to sit, and it's loud.

Of course, that's a lot of people that like it. I got the pulled pork tacos (starts with "Al A.." something) on the Blue Plate (+rice +beans) and it was actually very good. Lots of good flavor and just a little red grease, as cheap pulled pork is (a complement).

Overall, I'll go again ... at an off hour. It's not perfect, but it's a good lunch place.

Awesome

Reviewer: jay

Review Date: 10/29/2008 03:55AM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

I accept Chris's review and think his description is probably accurate, but I don't think Chris intuitively knows how to order at a Tex-Mex place. The poblano taco has always sounded awful, i would never order it. And don't order chicken at a texmex place, chicken is just a beef substitute for people with red meat issues. TexMex is fundamentally beef-oriented, sez I.

I get the GREAT tacos at Tacodeli - the Sirloin Frontera (hold the cheese sauce), the Cowboy, the Pastor, the Cochinita Pibil (monday special), and Tacolomo (thursday special).

Also, you have to put Doņa sauce on whatever it is you get.

The Sirloin/Egg/Cheese breakfast taco with Doņa is incredible!

Good Tacos

Reviewer: Me

Review Date: 10/11/2008 05:06PM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

First of all, we're in the middle of Texas here in Austin. Let's not forget that. Austin is a Tex-Mex town, so the tacos here are generally not traditional, interior Mexican fare. If you want something more in that direction, go to Fonda San Miguel.

Second, a taco is a taco is a taco. Taco Deli has fantastic breakfast tacos and they go out on a limb with thier other tacos. If you're looking for interesting flavor combinations, they've got it.

The Frontera has a "cheese sauce" not cheese, so that's why you won't find the cheese you're looking for. I prefer the sirloin to the chicken.

Taco Deli has the Dona sauce which is amazing although inconsistent. That's one of the main reasons I prefer Taco Deli over other places.

Also, the Spyglass location is far superior to the North location.

Love the taco deli

Reviewer: TacoLover

Review Date: 07/07/2008 05:24PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

I love the tacos, though they are a bit on the expensive side. Maybe they figured with "deli" in the name, they could get a way with the higher prices? After all, have you ever gotten a sandwich at a deli for less than $5? I gotta say, the tacos are worth it. I love the lunch tacos -- Cochinita Pibil is my favorite, and the breakfast tacos. Those haters of the mashed potatoes need to open their minds a bit to new experiences. As for the original review -- who orders soup at a place called TACO deli? -- you must have hit a bad day. I go to both locations when I'm around for lunch/breakfast, and have had only one so-so taco: the mole leaves something to be desired. Other than that -- two thumbs up.

Delicious but frustrating

Reviewer: magicflavorcrystals

Review Date: 05/21/2008 02:15AM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

This place breaks my heart every time I go.

The food is quite good--don't get me wrong, it is indeed tasty--but not good enough to justify the crowds that pack this place from 11:30 to 1:30 steady.

The auslunch review of the poblano taco is dead on. There is way too much cheese to make this anything but a big, gooey mess that I simply refused to finish (and trust me, I loves me some cheese). The frontera fundida, on the other hand, was great. I too noticed a seeming lack of the cheese that the menu promised, but I swear I could taste it. Perhaps it had melted into the rest of the taco fixings. Your best bet here is the sirloin wrap (minus the onion, as it overpowers the rest of the flavors), with large pieces of romaine lettuce and generously thick shreds of cheese on large, perfectly seasoned chunks of sirloin steak.

The queso is distressingly runny and the chips shards too small and difficult to handle to recommend it as a starter.

Yet every time I come here for lunch with my coworkers, the place is packed and the maybe seven or eight tables max (small, densely packed ones at that) are highly sought after, the line at the register is long and slow, people waiting for to go orders bump against the diners, and it's just a generally unpleasant experience. Honestly, the food is just not good enough to recommend suffering through all of that just for Tex-Mex that is only slightly above average.

Great Stuff

Reviewer: Tim

Review Date: 04/12/2008 06:32PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

Don't listen to Chris, this is good stuff. I ate there for the first time yesterday and I only wish we had something like this in Dallas.

Skip it

Reviewer: Deb

Review Date: 03/07/2008 04:20AM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

I've gone to the Burnet and Mopac location three times now and have been disappointed each time. I've tried their breakfast tacos, their carne asada tacos, and their mole tacos. Every time has been the same story - - what meat there was (skimpy) had a bad texture (fatty, rubbery). The wait for said crappy food was waaaaay too long. The price was waaaaaay too high. I'll never go back.

Wrong time and place - try it again

Reviewer: tawanda

Review Date: 02/06/2008 05:01PM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

First of all, North Burnet? That's not Tacodeli -- that's a BlandLand ripoff of Tacodeli. You have to go to the original, right on the greenbelt where Barton Skyway ends just east of MoPac.

Now that you have the right place, choose the right time. I love the Frontera Fundida sirloin & al pastor tacos for lunch, but what really sets Tacodeli apart is their breakfast tacos. The migas taco, the Jess Special (ohmygod) and any taco with "papas" -- creamy mashed potatoes instead of the dried out chunks that most places use. Add some Dona sauce and those breakfast tacos will make a believer out of you.

way too much $$$$$$

Reviewer: huge taco fan

http://fatacoguy.com

Review Date: 11/08/2007 08:07PM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

way too much $$$$$ , just for tacos , there not not even big tacos .
what do they think theres are the best in austin . i doubt it . i've had way better. just a couple miles down the road . from the north location.
dont waste you money . go a little further down burnet rd and get a great taco for less Ching.

Easily among the worst Mexican food I have had

Reviewer: Lori

Review Date: 10/09/2007 06:12PM

Rating: -1/+3(Crap)

I managed to choke down a little bit of a taco loco and a chicken mole taco before giving up and throwing them away. I ate chips & salsa while my friends finished. (One loves the place but she just moved here from St Louis and otherwise hates Mexican food, and the other thought it to be not-very-good but still edible). I think it's awful and I won't be back.

great, original tacos

Reviewer: justin

Review Date: 08/27/2007 01:03AM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

Love their tacos. I've had the vegetarian, the shrimp (wed. special) and the scallop (thurs. special). They are all delicious.

The Salsa Dona is very good. A must-have that goes well with all the tacos I've had.

simply fab: fundido, queso, medium sauce, bfast tacos

Reviewer: TW

Review Date: 08/23/2007 10:14PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

fresh
fun
fab
tasty

love me some tacodeli

fave: chicken frontera fundido taco
grilled chunks of chicken breast mixed n with carmelized onions and peppers, then the whole thing has cheese flash-melted onto it, cooked to a perfect tangy, cheesy glaze. it's phenomenal! eat two, with a side of their queso... once again, perfectly tangy!

nasty

Reviewer: matt

Review Date: 08/21/2007 12:17AM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

more evidence of people in austin not knowing what the hell mexican food is supposed to taste like, let alone a crappy taco

the green sauce

Reviewer: birdie

Review Date: 07/06/2007 01:58PM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

The Green Sauce is the bomb.. I want the recipe

good for what it is...

Reviewer: amysuehere

Review Date: 04/02/2007 09:43PM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

Great "takeout" tacos for the office up near 183/Mopac. It's not a "destination restaurant," but for the area (I so affectionately call "the land of the bland") it's about as good as it gets.

I'd call ahead

Reviewer: STEVE

Review Date: 03/15/2007 06:33PM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

I've only been in there a handfiull of the time because of the long wait. I will only call ahead for my one taco now.

its an ok taco the heather on corn, have not tried anything else.

Atmosphere is lacking.

bummed

Reviewer: Eva

http://evatique%40yahoo.com

Review Date: 03/14/2007 10:38PM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

Looking for the best taco, not, Mexico City, was more Texan City,
but the Gree whatever it is at the salsa bar-rocks...

What's Not to Get?

Reviewer: Eric

http://www.ericbramlett.com

Review Date: 12/24/2006 08:17AM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

This place is f-ing awesome. Try the baja fish or the cowboy and you'll definitely love it. I try a new taco every time I go and haven't found one I dislike yet. Killer green sauce, too.

I finally get it why this place is popular!

Reviewer: MBRox

Review Date: 08/18/2006 11:01PM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

It's taken me almost four years of living in Austin, but I finally understand why people go here. I guess I started out ordering the wrong things.... I don't like the happy taco or the heather or the chicken salad. Recently, I discovered their delicious breakfast tacos. And, I even like their lunch tacos. Mole with pork and their Wed. special shrimp one make my tummy happy. Large portions and good stuff.

GREAT FOOD GREAT PEOPLE

Reviewer: LAF GUY

Review Date: 06/23/2006 05:51PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

Oh my,
I cant believe some of the things I just read, These so called critics should try their food again. I have to eat there at least twice a week. The Tacoloco and the cowboy taco are one of a kind taco! This is not you typical Tex-mex. Its more interior mexican food. Open up your mind and you taste buds! Have you tried the DONA sauce? Also one of a kind. Give them a chance you will not be dissappointed!

It's okay

Reviewer: roboton

Review Date: 06/22/2006 05:38PM

Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)

My experience at TacoDeli is that the food is ok it is not great food. You can talk amongst yourselves all you want, about how great it is, but this is how I see it:

First, Mah Peeps listen here - Make the 50 mile drive to Seguin Texas and eat at Taco Tejano. Make that your reference on what "High Fidelity 360 Taco" tastes like.

Now, using that as my reference, Taco Deli appears to be a deli that has attempted to extend the "audio range", if you will of the breakfast Taco. Now this to me is a bit like how Detroit Techno tried to remake MoTown.

Detroit Techno, while good in its own right, cannot compete with the technical mastery of the medium like Motown posseses. That is how I feel about TacoDeli. It tries to be an extension of the original without mastering the original first, and it is very noticeable to me.

Of course, that made no sense whatsoever...

Good Tacos

Reviewer: Robert Parker

http://www.myspace.com/perdurabo93

Review Date: 04/12/2006 10:07PM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

Good yuppie whiteboy tacos, but what is up with their crappy hours? Breakfast and lunch only? WTF?

Bleah

Reviewer: Troy

Review Date: 03/29/2006 08:03PM

Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)

I absolutely agree with the first reviewer. I also tried their signature taco-- the 'Frontera Fundido' (sirloin version), and found it to be severely lacking. The meat had a rubbery texture as though it had been boiled. I'm sure they wouldn't have done that on purpose, but the end result was the same-- nasty. I ended up only eating the tortilla, cheese, and pepper strips.

The other item I tried was the 'Al Pastor' taco. It was OK, but there is much better Pastor to be had, well, almost anywhere else that serves it... Maria's Taco Xpress, Polvo's, Arrandas, El Caribe, Vasquez, Guadalaja, etc. etc. etc.

I have some otherwise-sane friends who absolutely love the Taco Deli on Spyglass. I've only been to the one on Burnet... maybe the Spyglass location is better. With so much other good Mexican food in Austin, I doubt I'll risk another bad meal to find out.

I agree with satanphil

Reviewer: heavenlyphil

Review Date: 02/21/2006 06:20PM

Rating: +2/+3(Goooood)

This is one of the few times I'll agree with my counterpart. They deliver breakfast tacos to my office every morning, and if anything should happen to my little taco delivery man, I'll know where to look...and I look with a hammer.

Cheers!
heavenlyphil

Best Taco Place in Austin!

Reviewer: Rob Alan Markason

Review Date: 01/17/2006 10:01PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

Taco Deli is my favorite place to get lunch. It is the pwn.

The Dona rocks.

Reviewer: Lola Nohole

Review Date: 12/19/2005 01:51AM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

This place rocks. I have no idea what the 1st guy is talking about. But what I would like to know is . . .are you aware that there is another location that is also Tacodeli down at Mopac and Spyglass that has been in existence for over 5 years and churns out business non-stop from 7am to 3pm everyday. Now, I can certainly imagine that some shithole restaurant that was sitting in on 6th street or maybe Congress could get a draw because of it's "Hip-factor" but both of these locations are off the beaten path. People come to them because the food is fresh, unique and amazing. Have you tried the Dona? Have you tried the Dona? It is a very special sauce that is addicting and crazy hot. You cannot get enough of it. Have you tried the pastor, the achiote, the Cowboy, the Loco? They are all exceptional. Tacodeli has lines out the door because the food is amazing and addicting. Who cares about the music. It sounds like that reviewer needs to stay in his airtight little community of generic mexican food. Tacodeli is one-of-a-kind. I literally eat there EVERY DAY.

amazing tacos, best in austin hands down.

Reviewer: satanphil

Review Date: 12/16/2005 08:51PM

Rating: +3/+3(Great)

the last reviewer must have been a tasteless gringo (even going for the lame spanish music commet). sure he spends his time at other not so worthy joints (reference el mercado). taco deli has some of the best tacos in austin. for a food fanatic as myself, it's a treasure to find a place that puts so much love into their tacos, upping the bar from the usual. the scallop tacos on thurs are truely heavenly. the borracho taco might be the best taco in the west hemispher. for the same price you pay getting run of the mill chicken fajita tavos elsewhere, you can get marinated orange and cilantro chicken tacos wrappedin home made corn tortillas. why go anywhere else i say?

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