Guero’s Taco Bar is one of those Austin classics that people always take out-of-towners for a crash course on the city’s culture. Endorsed by everyone from Presidents (Bill Clinton and George Bush) to movie stars (Sandra Bullock and Uma Thurman to name a few), Guero’s has quite the reputation. It may not be the best Tex-Mex in town, but there’s no denying the draw of the casual, laid-back atmosphere of this bustling little spot on the South Congress strip.
We headed to Guero’s for a casual weekend brunch with old friends. Though the place was busy, we never felt rushed. We had a lot of catching up to do while tasting our way through the various salsas Guero’s offers at a self-serve bar. The refreshing salsa verde was tart and had plenty of heat, while the less fierce but smoky red salsa had flavor that lingered.
I ordered the Buenos Dias Plato, which came with a half order of migas, chorizo, smooth refried beans, and tortillas. I thought the migas were a touch bland by themselves, but when combined with the chorizo and beans in a tortilla, made for some excellent breakfast tacos. The better half opted for Tacos Ricardos, which consisted of carnitas style pork chunks, a fried egg, ranchero sauce, and cheese. It was a tasty combination, but perhaps more suitable for a fork and knife rather than bare hands with the runny texture.
All of Guero’s breakfast options are around $5 (in fact most are under $5), an easy price to match the easy going atmosphere. I didn’t get a chance to try their famous extra limey and strong margaritas at this brunch, but will definitely be back for a round in the future.
Guero’s Taco Bar
1412 South Congress
Austin, TX 78704