Torchys Tacos

Torchys Tacos

(All over Austin, Dallas and Houston but my preferred location is at:)

2809 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704


Torchys produced the first proper Tex Mex taco I ever ate in Austin. I had one of their Migas tacos from the Trailer Park outlet and immediately fell in love. They have grown from this humble trailer to having several brick and mortar locations all over the Great State.

It’s absolutely one of those places where you struggle to limited yourself to an appropriate amount of food, because there are too many tempting options. A choice of over 14 regular tacos, an off-the-cob version of elotes, green chile queso and deep fried chocolate chip cookies! It’s enough to make anyone feel like Uter, the chocolate filled German kid from The Simpsons.

Can we also talk about their six different salsas? Attention some taco vendors in Melbourne – tacos are better moist (good lord, did I really just make a moist taco pun? I SWEAR it was unintended). Can you please consider providing optional salsas with your tacos rather than just undressed cabbage? Thank you. At any rate as far as Torchys salsa goes, I’m on team Tomatillo – a blend of 3 fire roasted chilies, tomatillos, cilantro, grilled onions and lime juice. POUR IT ON ALL THE THINGS!

So two tacos, at a cost of around $7 make for a perfect lunch time snack.

OH HAI IM ABOUT TO NOM YOU! That right there is the Trailer Park. That’s fried chicken strips, green chilies, pico de gallo, lettuce and cheese with Poblano salsa. They have an option to turn it “trashy”, which removes the lettuce and adds queso instead. You gotta be real hungover for that one.

My second choice was the Crossroads taco. Smoked beef brisket (when in Texas…) with grilled onions, jalapeños, cilantro, cheese and fresh avocado. Served with Tomatillo sauce. Oh so delicious and greasy!

 As you can see (and if you read this blog often you’ll already know this), I always choose flour tortillas. They’re so tasty and soft with a slight chew. Sigh. I kinda want one right know.

My ultimate hope is for Torchys to open a drive-thru location. Because nothing makes comfort food taste better than a ridiculously easy procurement factor.

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Posted on Jun 15, 2012


  1. Cole says:

    We had Torchy’s for dinner tonight and then I saw this! Kismet? I have a couple of points of contention with your post though:

    1) the poblano ranch salsa is where it’s at
    2) a proper Texan *always* gets the Trailer Park trashy

    But I totally agree with you on always getting flour tortillas. Very few tacos are better on corn than flour. And for what it’s worth the Green Chile Pork Taco (I have to get this one every time!) and the Crossroads are my top two picks at Torchy’s.

    Oh! One other thing! Have you seen that they’re gonna start using the #damngoodsecret hashtag to announce secret menu items?

    • BurgerMary says:

      I have not seen that, but now I know! Honestly, im not even kidding about the drive thru. Both s1st locations are a bitch to park at!

  2. tacoEnvy says:

    mmmm these look amazing!

    In your experience is there anywhere in Melbourne that serves anything close to this? Surely somewhere selling this style of food would be a huge hit?

    I guess prices would have to be about double here :I

    • BurgerMary says:

      Nup. Firstly, all the places in Melbs only serve on corn tortillas as part of the whole “authentic” thing, even though flour are amazeballs. Prices would absolutely double, and im not aware of anyone actually embracing a tex-mex trashy style, seems everyone wants to do a basic mexican style. :)

      • Cole says:

        I was practically born in Mexico and can tell you that corn tortillas don’t make tacos “authentic”. Most tacos and burritos in El Paso are served on flour too. Tell the folks in Melbs to get their heads out of their asses.

  3. Jen says:

    Omg I now want a deep fried chocolate chip cookie!!

  4. Bud the pieman!!! says:

    Mary, the torches at Mesa & spicewood has a drive thru. It was the first place I had a torchy taco. U r right bout eating in the car. The challenge with the drive thru is that the line is most often 5 to 6 cars long!

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