Monday, February 23, 2015

Where to eat Queso in Austin

Texas is known mostly for two types of food: Bar-b-que and Tex-Mex. With BBQ you get your ribs, sausage, and brisket. With Tex-Mex you get your tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, and chips with salsa, or more popularly, chips and queso!

But queso isn't just queso anymore. Especially in Austin, where many places have taken what used to be a cheese dip and turned it into a bowl of many wonders, adding peppers, meat, and most notably guacamole. Austin has become well known for it's queso and here are some of the best places to get your queso fix:

2613 South Lamar, Austin, TX

You don't get more classic Austin than Matt's Famous El Rancho, and you don't get more classic queso than the Bob Armstrong Dip. Authentic Tex-Mex 101, the Bob dip starts with a cheese base, followed by a scoop of seasoned ground beef, and a dollop of guacamole. As the bumper sticker says, "Gimme a Large Bob!"

Best accompanied by: 
a Margarita, of course! Frozen or on the rocks, either one does the trick.

3704 Kerbey Lane, Austin, TX
(with other various locations)

Order the Kerbey Queso, where they start with a guacamole base, then smother over it with the cheese, and top it off with some pico de gallo. While the queso is famous, Kerbey Lane is best known for their 24/7 breakfast selection, so go for brunch!

Best accompanied by:
Mimosas by the Carafe

Original Food Truck at 1311 South First Street, Austin, TX
(with other various locations)

Like many brick and mortar in Austin these days, Torchy's started as one of the original food trucks. This queso is topped with shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, and a swirl of their special secret hot sauce. And like the others, of course there's also a dollop of guac hiding under there. It's spicy and delicious and loaded with fresh grilled peppers. But if you come for the queso, stay for the tacos, they're amazing, my favorite being the Barbacoa Democrat.

Best accompanied by:
Topo Chico