2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Maria's Taco Xpress
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Below Average
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09/05/2011Provided by Citysearch -
NOT GOOD! There are 200 other taco places that are better than this place. Very bland! VERY VERY oilly!! My barbacoa taco had a steady stream of oil leaking out of it, all I could taste was oil it was disgusting. We have eaten at a hundred taco places around texas and this was the worst. Everything is very heavy handed. Gordita bread is so heavy and dense. Just very bland, oily, and heavy. Had a lot of promise - but failed miserably, ok atmosphere - kinda loud though and crowded. Also expensive considering other taco places that are better. Will not be going back. Do not recommend
03/07/2010Provided by Citysearch -
In Austin it's sad to see a place that you love go downhill on the quality of thier food when they expand. I lived down the street from this restaurant and went there every Sunday. The last two times my husband and I went was heartbreaking. The Carne Guisda was tough and was without any sauce. The migas were over cooked and bland. My tacos were horribly bland and very unsatisfying. I'm beyond bummed out but hoping they just hired a new cook in the last couple of months.
08/06/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I stopped in for a quick lunch on a Thursday afternoon. It has a really nice looking patio for live music, but no one was out there since it was so hot. Inside, really cool, hip decor. I was expecting a great lunch!
But then my food came. The ""El Pastor"" taco was OK (pork), but somewhat bland. The Carne Guisada taco was overcooked and had too much raw onion on it. The food was edible, but I wouldn't say it was enjoyable.
I'm sure on a cooler day, it would be a great spot to toss back a couple cold beers and listen to live music. But don't come here if you're looking for a good meal.
11/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I recently moved to South Austin from Atlanta and drove by this place many times. It looked fun and saw the parking lot over crowded during the weekday which tells me that the food is cheap and good. The place is fun and easy but the food is cheap (in value) and cheap (in quality). Oh well, there seems to be a million other taco places to try!
08/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
What a fun place... took the fam here for breakfast tacos on a Sunday. Live folky band was strange to be at a mexican restaurant but they were really fun. We waited a really long time for our food after waiting in line to order (which actually goes quickly). They messed up our order but it wasn't a big deal since you expect that on a busy day. But the food itself just wasn't that tasty. We ordered a variety of tacos and they were under seasoned. Fajita taco was terrible, dry and no taste without peppers. After adding sauces we could Dr them up fine but should you have to?
Would come back and try lunch or dinner... people are so nice in there and the entertainment was nothing short of amusing.
07/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went there for lunch on Saturday. There was a long line. Expected great food because of publicity. We ordered 4 different tacos, Barbacoa, Picadillo, Al Pastor and Pollo Guisada. Some of them were ordered with rice and beans. Barbacoa wasn't even near authentic Mexican barbacoa. It still had raw beef smell. I barely touched the dish. Picadillo was total mess. It was dripping waterly juice and had no taste at all. Al Pastor was ok. That was the only dish we finished. Pollo Guisada was barely ok. The beans and rice was just like the ones you can get from any fast food mexican restaurant. I went to this place 5 years ago and felt just ok at the time. But this time it's a no-no. I was upset to have spent $22 for this. I would consider this place even below Taco Bell.
07/12/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Seems like people either love the food here or hate it. While I agree that equal or better food can be found (example: Taqueria Arandas), it is going way too far to say the food at Taco Xpress is bad. The food is clearly made from scratch and with great care. I thought some of the items could use a little more salt, but that's a very subjective judgement.
Also, if you're in the mood for it, the atmosphere is fun. Bottom line, the food is good, reasonably priced, and it is a fun place to hang out.
12/16/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Being a huge breakfast taco lover and trying them everywhere in Austin and El Paso, I ventured to Taco Xpress after being told they were so good. They were TERRIBLE! No taste whatsoever! I ate one out of the three I ordered and left...and that's after waiting 25 minutes for them to come out! My girlfriend's migas were soggy and tasteless as well, and she's from El Paso and knows good Mexican food.
Save your money and get much better breakfast tacos at Rudy's. You'll thank me.