500 Tacos: KC Donuts

A taco a day for 2015 — and then some
KC Donuts
8106 Brodie Lane (map), 512-282-1977. Hours: 6:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri; 7am-2:30pm Sat-Sun
By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 03.31.15
Nobody comes to KC Donuts just for breakfast tacos. They’re more likely chasing after KC’s tall, flaky glazed doughnuts, among the best in the city. But throw in some bacon and eggs with that sugar rush, and you’ve got a complete breakfast, no? There’s a warming bin stocked with pre-made tacos in foil, but they’ll make something fresh if you ask. At $1.65 for two ingredients, they’re worth what you pay — but only if you’d spent the money on doughnuts instead. (For the right way to handle doughnut-shop tacos, see today's 2-fer Tuesday report on Alma's Tacos.)
The taco: Bacon and eggs / The doughnut: Bacon maple old-fashioned
A balanced diet means a taco in one hand and a doughnut in the other, amirite? Balanced, maybe, but nothing close to equal, because this velour-soft doughnut with sweet cake, maple icing and pieces of real fried bacon is way out of the taco’s league, with its eggs scrambled hard and crumbly in a forgettable flour tortilla. Thick, salty, full-figured bacon is the only thing that suggests a family connection, but these are breakfast brothers from different mothers. ($1.65 each)
 More tacos: The only good that came from tacos filled with ham and eggs or beans and cheese is the mental exercise from calculating how many glazed doughnuts I could have had for the money I wasted on tacos. The answer is 4.4.
 Tortillas: Storebought flour only, as rubbery and banal as they come.
 Salsa: KC’s red salsa bristles with cilantro and crunchy peppers and onions in a chopped tomato base, seething with chili powder and heat — almost like it has something to prove in this candy-coated schoolyard.
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(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)