Torchy's Tacos

August 1, 2018

My catchphrase should be: "Your favorite Nurse Bae food blogger."
The majority of my posts on here are about food.
*insert nervous emoji sweating and smiling*

After a long day of walking around Austin, hunting for murals I saw on Pinterest, a young thug was hungry!

This was my first meal of the day because I decided to stay in bed and watch Netflix instead of going to brunch. Read as: The place I really wanted to go required reservations and only serves brunch on the weekends. (It was a Friday.)

Side note: When traveling alone it's very hard to motivate myself to eat. I walked all over Seattle one day until it was dark before I decided I should probably eat something. A travel buddy = a food accountability partner.

The place wasn't terribly packed when I got there but as I was finishing my meal it filled up! (There's a middle school across the street that had just let out for the day.)

This isn't your traditional sit-down restaurant. You order at the register, take a number and they bring your meal out to you when it's ready. Think CiCi's pizza, kind off, sort of, not really.

I was overwhelmed with choices which is never a bad thing.
I told myself to pick a reasonable number of tacos. I also told myself  I could always make a trip back before the end of my vacation to try other tacos.
I never made that second trip.

In hindsight, I wish I would have gotten 4 tacos instead. I also wish I would have come back for a second meal. When I travel I typically eat less because I don't like carrying around leftovers. It's a combination of that and the AirBNBs I stay in never have refrigerators in the room. (I feel weird going into other people's refrigerators.)

What I ordered:
  • Mr. Orange (Blackened salmon, grilled corn, black bean relish, cojita cheese, cilantro, lime wedge, avocado sauce on a corn tortilla)
  • Brushfire (Jamaican jerk chicken, grilled jalapenos, mango, sour cream, cilantro with diablo sauce on a flour tortilla)
  • Baja Shrimp ( hand-battered  fried shrimp, cabbage slaw, pickled onions, jalapenos, cojita cheese, cilantro, lime wedge, chipotle sauce on any tortilla of choice.)
  • Street corn (corn topped with ancho aioli, cojita cheese, cilantro, red chile powder and a lime wedge.) This tasted like corn straight out of the can. I like crunchy corn and all the corn I got was deflated, for lack of a better word.
I enjoyed the Brushfire taco the most! I ate it last because it looked the safest + in case I didn't like the other tacos I wanted to make sure I ended with something satisfying. This also had a nice kick to it. It wasn't spicy to the point I couldn't enjoy it. I also automatically love anything with sour cream.

The avocado sauce on Mr. Orange was very tasty. I'm not usually a fan of avocado "things".

I'm not a fan of fried shrimp but I decided to give it a second chance. The shrimp on the Baja taco tasted rubbery. I wish I would have asked if grilled shrimp was an option.

Overall, almost everything tasted fresh! I definitely prefer corn tacos, tastes more authentic. The portion sizes were hefty which I can always appreciate! I'd pick this over Moe's or any other chain "Tex-Mex" restaurant. However, I'd still pick authentic "street style" tacos over this any day. I wouldn't order the corn again. And I'd get a fountain drink because who doesn't love free refills? I definitely recommend checking this place out if you're ever in Austin or Texas!

Bonus: They also have breakfast tacos!

Up close and personal:


Solid life advice.

This corn was good but nothing tops Bartaco's street corn.

Baja shrimp taco. This one looked sorry compared to the others.

Brushfire taco

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