ShopMoxie Feature Post – Best of Texas Foothills
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Ok, no joke, this is the best breakfast taco photo we’ve seen…is it lunchtime yet?
I love breakfast tacos. Fresh tortillas, fluffy huevos con bacon or chorizo or ham and a significant amount of spicy salsa. I love these tacos so much that this past spring, I went on an epic adventure to sample as many of these breakfast staples as I could in the college town of San Marcos, TX, a town that I call home.
This quest led me on a 32-day, 21-stop, 40-taco challenge to find the best of the best. I tasted some exquisite versions of the egg, meat and tortilla combo, but there were clearly some that trumped the others. But why? Why would I set out to eat 40 tacos in a month’s time?
Breakfast tacos are serious business in Texas!
After my post where I made the bold claim that the little gas station in Wimberley, TX was serving up the best damn breakfast tacos on planet Earth, I received a tweet that told me that my tacos had steep competition at other taco shacks and restaurants in the surrounding area. You know what? He was right. I needed to expand my horizons in the world of breakfast tacos. What I did was compile an extensive list, both from suggestions from readers and from my own favorites in town. I couldn’t wait to get started on this taco journey. So, here, without further ado are the Best of Texas Foothills, the most imporant taco of the day:
Wimberley’s Diamond Shamrock | Tacos and the Salsa
Wimberley’s Weekly Taco Menu Makes it Easy to Order Great Tacos!
Wimberley’s Diamond Shamrock gas station is a hidden gem. The women in the tiny kitchen tucked in the back of the cramped convenience store crank out hundreds of amazing breakfast tacos on a daily basis. From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can find this small town station PACKED with folks from every walk of life, waiting for their fresh, steaming hot and absolutely and consistently delicious tacos named after days of the week.
Just like our founder remembers it…comfort food, tex-mex style. Yum!
After standing in line for nearly twenty minutes, you will be able to walk out the door with tacos like a Tuesday (warm flour tortilla stuffed with chorizo, egg and cheese) and a Friday (warm flour tortilla packed with bacon, potato and cheese). And yes, I said about 20 minutes, but let me tell you, it’s way worth it
. If you’re not into the wait, you can always call ahead and skip the line. The tacos are all so full of flavor. The chorizo they use is smoky, and spicy. The eggs are consistently fluffy and perfectly cooked. The cheese is melty and simply perfect. Oh, and their mean green sauce
? SO GOOD.
Bobcat Quickie | Homemade Made Corn Tortillas
Bobcat Quickie Breakfast Taco with a little guacamole..we’ll have two!
Bobcat Quickie is also inside of a gas station. This time, an Exxon. Named for the Texas State University Bobcats, this little gem pushes out tacos in a similar manner to those at the Shamrock, quick and delicious. But there are a few differences: they make homemade corn tortillas throughout the entire day over at Bobcat Quickie, and each taco is made to order. They’ve got varieties that range from the staples like bacon, egg and cheese and chorizo egg and cheese, but they’ve also got nopalitos and bean tacos if you’re into the traditional tart and crisp Mexican cactus.
What a breakfast taco is supposed to look like…taco paradise in motion.
Simply put, there is some seriously amazing food
being pumped out of this Exxon. The fresh made corn tortillas taste out of bounds good. They’re warm and soft, and have such a light and perfect flavor. Some how, they’re durable enough to hold ALL of those ingredients they fill them with, without breaking, and that’s quite a feat. However, the tacos are light enough to not settle like a gut bomb.
Lolita’s | The People’s Choice of Tacos
Our founder has actually been here and says “yep, amazing breakfast tacos”.
Now, if gas station tacos aren’t your thing (shame on you), then maybe the little shack with the big reputation is. I mean, if there’s a breakfast taco that’s touted as being the “best” in all the land, or at least in the San Marcos area, it’s from Lolita’s. Everyone’s been there, and if they haven’t, they’ve at least heard of it, or driven past it.
Yummy, yummy, yummy…
There’s nothing fancy about this joint. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. This shack on the side of the road boasts one walk up window and two drive through windows, and long lines that sometimes extend out onto the street, creating quite an interesting traffic situation. I will admit I’ve been in said traffic jams shaking my fist, saying things a child and some adults should never hear.
Salsa, yes, please…
Anyway, Lolita’s is family owned and operated, which automatically makes it awesome
. This place does more business before noon than most restaurants do in a week. I’m really not even exaggerating. Between the steady stream of consumers both at the shack itself and at other sales points, like the Mochas & Javas Coffee Shops and the Texas State University Quad, they are constantly busy slinging breakfast and lunch tacos, from when they open at 5 a.m. and until they call it quits at 3 p.m. The tacos from Lolita’s are big, filling and full of flavor, and there’s no wonder there’s constantly traffic around this tiny joint. Lolita’s is a must when you’re in town.
QC Meat Market | Chorizo and Egg Taco
So you don’t miss one of the best, here’s the sign outside QC Meat Market!
But there has to be a winner. That’s how contests go. The best breakfast tacos I tasted during my month-long taco tour were from a Mexican market, called QC Meat Market. I mean, come on. Tacos at a Mexican meat market? It can’t possibly get better than that… at least on paper it can’t. And with Yelp! reviews like, “They sell cheap ass tacos, also known to you people as ‘street tacos’. This place is legit,” I knew I was in for Mex-Mex and not Tex-Mex.
You should know though, you may have a bit of a hard time ordering if you, like me, are a bit rusty with your Spanish, but go for it anyway. On my first trip, I tried my hardest to use my Spanish, and the man behind the counter tried his hardest to help me out. I ended up with a chorizo and egg on a homemade flour tortilla, and… wait for it… wait for it….I did something crazy. I ordered a lengua taco on a homemade corn tortilla Yep. That’s right. I figured, this place is truly authentic, I might as well be daring and get something truly authentic, like tongue.
Chorizo and egg…awh, like mom used to make!
The tacos are beautiful; so fresh and delicious. The chorizo
is crumbly and smells out of control. So amazing. The lengua is chopped up and pretty much looks like they cook it with some spicy seasonings. The scents will dance around the insides of your nose, and will surely ignite your mouth into something like Niagara Falls.
The chorizo and egg taco on flour… holy cow. This taco is something serious. When I tried it, I couldn’t find words for how good it was, and all I could do was groan in happiness. The chorizo was juicy, but not at all greasy. It had a deep red hue, and was as beautiful as chorizo can get. The flavors were mouth watering, aromatic, and spicy. It was finger licking good, literally.
I was a bit apprehensive to try the lengua, it being tongue and all… But, after taking a quick, close up sniff of the meat, which I’m sure drew some looks, I decided it was safe to taste. I have to say, I am SO glad that I shook things up and ordered something I ordinarily would never even think or dream about ordering. I am completely excited about how awesome this taco was. First of all, the corn tortilla was really wonderful. It was light and warm, and had that amazing, bright corn flavor that only comes from homemade. The lengua was seasoned nicely, and not at all chewy. For some reason, I had it in my head that it would be super chewy. It was actually quite tender and really flavorful. I can’t describe the flavor, but it was definitely meaty and the spices it was cooked with stood out. It really was a most amazing surprise.
The next time you find yourself in the Texas Hill Country, take a taco tour of your own!
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