No one loves breakfast tacos more than Texans.
We can argue about this point all you want (as it seems every state thinks very highly of their tacos), but tacos are less of a food here and more of a religion. All the notable restaurants sell them. All the smart people eat them, and everyone’s got an opinion on where to get the best ones.
In Texas, disagreements over breakfast tacos have been known to end friendships. (Okay, I don’t know that for certain, but would it really surprise you if it was true? This is Texas that we’re talking about after all…)
As for the coffee shops in Austin, breakfast tacos are becoming a permanent part of the menu alongside the usual coffee and pastry offerings. I have seen many shops partner with restaurants such as Taco Deli to provide the savory food without the need for a full kitchen.
One coffee shop in particular though has been owning the breakfast taco game (and my heart) from the beginning: Cherrywood Coffeehouse.
Located just east of I-35 and north of UT campus, Cherrywood Coffeehouse is a blast to Austin’s weird, hippy past. It lacks the crisp, clean lines of the city’s newer coffee shops but is cozy nonetheless with it’s dark ceiling and paper lantern lights (some of which have been burnt out for what seems like forever). The furniture is wobbly and worn, and the air conditioner vent looks like it could use a good scrub down, but most mornings, there are free yoga sessions, and live music is offered almost every evening. There is a patio for warmer days, but a sign on the door warning, “Beware of Grackles,” always keeps me from sitting outside.
Cherrywood Coffeehouse is also where one can buy the Terra Taco, which in my opinion is the best taco to ever exist. Consisting of eggs, fried tofu, potatoes, cheese, avocado, green onion, and delicious salsa, this taco is all that you will ever need to live a happy life. Add a large coffee or latte to that order, and you’ll reach nirvana, I swear.
Considering the craziness of this past week, I am very grateful that my path crossed by this coffee shop during the last few days, and with SXSW in full swing, it was just what I needed to remind me of the Austin that I fell in love with when I first moved here over ten years ago, when hipsters, technology, and traffic didn’t rule the day.
So if you want to get a taste of what Austin was like before it was cool, make sure to check out Cherrywood Coffeehouse.
But then please, dear God, do NOT move here.
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