Here are some brief thoughts on the tacos I ate in Austin.
My favorite tacos. Coreanos does Korean BBQ-Mexican fusion, very similar in nature to Westport Street Fare. The food is served out of a truck at Seventh and Neches, which is smack-dab in the middle of all the SXSW madness. The El Scorcho tacos ($2.50) are simple and unstoppable. Any meat (I almost always go pork), plus onion, cilantro, cheese, and the El Scorcho sauce, which really puts it over the top. Squeeze that lime all over them. Oh my God, I am so hungry again.
Another popular Austin taco place. Recommended: the Crossroads (brisket, jalapenos, grilled onions, jack cheese, avocado), and the Democrat (barbacoa, avocado, onions, cilantro, queso fresco). Not recommended: the Republican (I didn't try it; it's probably delicious). Also, the queso dip was outstanding. Not quite as good as the queso at Chili's, but pretty good.
This joint is out north of downtown, around the Hyde Park neighborhood, and has a clean, crisp, chainlike atmosphere — like a funkier Starbucks or Panera. I visited twice. The first time, I ordered the mole sirloin taco. “The mo-lay?” the cashier asked. I had pronounced it like the brown things on your skin. She then went into a long warning/explanation of all the ingredients in their mole sauce. I remember hearing the word chocolate. “We’re really proud of our mole, but it’s got a pretty unique taste, and not everybody loves it,” she said. “I’ll have it,” I said, and then I took one bite and realized she was right and I should not have ordered anything with the word mole in it. The breakfast tacos on my second trip were more my speed. The Otto (refried black beans, bacon, avocado, cheese — plus I added an egg) was marvelous.