500 Tacos: One Taco
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By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 04.12.15
For one hot SXSW second a few years back, Gowalla and One Taco teamed up for a taco bearing the Austin web start-up’s name. Long story short, One Taco outlasted Gowalla, and it’s still feeding the roaming crowds of the West Sixth Street entertainment district.
The taco: Gowalla Taco
I won’t go into the tortuous acronymical etymology of the Gowalla Taco’s name. Let’s just say it takes what One Taco does best — grilled and chopped seasoned steak — and adds bacon, shredded queso fresco and guacamole. The steak is a star, but the bacon is limp, precooked and tired. Note: Two weathered slices of avocado? Not the same as “guacamole.” ($3.75)
► Taco-nebriation: Being right next to the sports bar Little Woodrow’s, One Taco knows that the red spice and pineapple sweetness of al pastor is good food for a two-beer buzz ($2.75). That way, you won’t care that the pork is chalky from the marinade, or that canned pineapple is as close as we’ll get to real pastor. A sloppy taco with dark-meat chicken and messy chipotle sauce will take three beers ($3.25).
► Breakfast: One Taco adds steak and eggs, machacado, even egg whites and spinach for breakfast. But only until 11. Good information to have, because if you’re on West Sixth at sunrise, chances are it’s because you slept in the doorway of J. Black’s. And you’re hungry.
► Tortillas: These tacos deserve better than stiff, storebought flour and single-layer white corn tortillas
► Salsa: Between the smoky red and sour green tomatillo salsas, always bet on red.
(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)