Maria’s Taco Xpress

Mexican | Southwestern | Tex-Mex
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The heart and soul of South Austin, Maria’s Taco Xpress has been a beacon of fun on Lamar Boulevard since the late 1990s. The exterior is a smattering of eclectic, funky murals, topped off with a 20-foot statue of Maria herself beckoning passersby to come in. Without investigation, one might assume the restaurant had hired the same exterior decorator as Austin’s legendary Cathedral of Junk — another must on your trip through the always-weird Texas capitol.

Maria’s is known for its tacos of course; for $2-$4 a pop, it’s tempting to order them all. Continue reading

The heart and soul of South Austin, Maria’s Taco Xpress has been a beacon of fun on Lamar Boulevard since the late 1990s. The exterior is a smattering of eclectic, funky murals, topped off with a 20-foot statue of Maria herself beckoning passersby to come in. Without investigation, one might assume the restaurant had hired the same exterior decorator as Austin’s legendary Cathedral of Junk — another must on your trip through the always-weird Texas capitol.

Maria’s is known for its tacos of course; for $2-$4 a pop, it’s tempting to order them all. The migas is one you won’t find on every Tex-Mex breakfast menu, but it’s worth a try: cheesy eggs with a little added crunch from crushed tortilla chips, and topped with onions, jalapenos, and tomatoes. The pollo guisado taco uses shredded chicken that has been expertly stewed in a chipotle sauce — it’s both sweet, spicy, and addictive. But with a stack of fresh, warm tortillas, the fajitas will always offer the most bang for your buck. Load up at the free salsa bar and find a table to chow down.

If the weather allows, enjoy your meal on Maria’s open-air patio; it includes a stage, where on Sundays this hippie town gathers for live gospel music and to dance like no one’s watching during Gospel Brunch. The first Tuesday night of every month sees an entirely different vibe — albeit the same general crowd — for Drag Queen Bingo. With all of this town’s new construction, Maria’s offers a refreshing side of Austin we hope to never see toned down.

Dishes to try
Maria’s Taco Xpress, Migas
Migas
Must-Try
The al pastor and migas tacos have put Maria’s on the map. Inside the al pastor’s flour tortilla, you’ll find marinated pork with grilled pineapple, chopped onions, and cilantro. The migas is one you won’t find on every Tex-Mex breakfast menu, but it’s worth a try: cheesy eggs with a little added crunch from crushed tortilla chips, and topped with onions, jalapenos, and tomatoes.
Maria’s Taco Xpress, Pollo Guisada
Pollo Guisada
Must-Try
The pollo guisado taco uses shredded chicken that has been expertly stewed in a chipotle sauce — it’s both sweet, spicy, and addictive. The picadillo taco incorporates lean ground beef cooked with potatoes and carrots in a red sauce, garnished with lettuce and tomatoes.
Maria’s Taco Xpress, Fajitas
Fajitas
With a stack of fresh, warm tortillas, the fajitas will always offer the most bang for your buck — the fajita meat is slowly marinated for hours, and served with all the fixins: sour cream, tomato, lettuce, cheese, and Maria’s famous guacamole.
Maria’s Taco Xpress, Fajita Nachos
Fajita Nachos
The fajita nachos are simple but surprisingly good: crispy tortilla chips served with either chicken or beef, refried beans, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream, and guacamole.
Directions and Hours
Open Today
Sunday9am - 4pm
Monday7am - 3pm
Tuesday7am - 9pm
Wednesday7am - 9pm
Thursday7am - 9pm
Friday7am - 9pm
Saturday8am - 9pm
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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