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La Cocina de Consuelo: The Best Tex-Mex Breakfast in Austin?

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[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

The best breakfast tacos and migas in Austin? It was a difficult, tortilla-filled quest. So many taquerias and roadside stands claim to have the best. But we found one of our favorites at La Cocina de Consuelo, where you'll actually see a hair-netted Consuelo, or Connie (Rodriguez), in the kitchen making everything to order. If you get there before 11 a.m., she's wrapping breakfast burritos with her pressed-that-morning tortillas: steamy, chewy, and freckled with tiny brown bubbles.

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They're so good that even when you get a tortilla-folded corner bite, you're not upset about the lack of fillings. All of the $3 breakfast burritos (she'll also do an open-faced taco with corn tortillas) are named after customers and friends. We don't know Doug but sure liked his namesake mix of peppery and juicy chorizo made in-house, folded with scrambled egg and tender potatoes. Wrapped in foil and thrown into a brown paper bag, the foot-or-so-long burritos aren't too overstuffed or bursting out the edges, which is nice. It'll fill you up without zonking you into a nap right after.

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The migas also comes in burrito form, or on a platter with refried beans and rice. Migas ("crumbs" in English) is a hodgepodge of scrambled eggs, corn tortilla chip bits, onions, tomatoes, and peppers, all blanketed with melted cheese. You'll want to scoop up this mess of delicious flavors into one of the tortillas (yes, those superfresh and amazing tortillas again) which come all warm and bundled in a basket on the side.

Consuelo is the Tex-Mex-breakfast-making grandmother I never had. And even people who had such a grandmother would probably agree, her food is the real-deal. It's easy to drive right past her kitchen—just south of Bark 'n Purr on off Burnet Road—but that's what U-turns are for (I'm looking at you, Robyn).

La Cocina de Consuelo

4516 Burnet Road, Austin Texas 78756 (map)
512-524-4740

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