500 Tacos: Star Seeds Cafe

 
 
A taco a day for 2015 — and then some
 
Star Seeds Cafe
3101 N. Interstate 35 (map), 512-478-7107, www.starseedscafe.comHours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
 
By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 07.22.15
 
History always follows me into Star Seeds. Like when I ate here with UT cops during a ride-along in the ‘80s, or not so long ago when a waitress and I sang a Sam Cooke song together during my 24-Hour Restaurants research. Or this time, when for the first time in real life, I saw a plainclothes cop flash a badge and a photo at the front counter: “Have you seen this guy?” Not me; not this time anyway. At Star Seeds, history is made 24 hours a day, and so are breakfast tacos.
 
The taco: No. 1
$5 seems like a lot for a breakfast taco. But then it shows up like a full Austin breakfast piled on a tortilla, with freshly scrambled eggs folded around generously sliced mushrooms and dark green, full-leaf spinach. I subbed bacon for black beans, the only rough spot, with bacon that tasted like it had been up all night. ($4.95)
 
 
 Migas: For just $2 more than a taco, you can get a full plate of migas with whole black beans, chunky skin-on homefries and tortillas. The migas themselves are first class, a fresh scramble of eggs, tomatoes, onions, freshly chopped jalapeño and cheese, armor-plated with big, crisp tortilla chips. Easily enough food for two tacos and a side of beans. ($6.95)
 Tortillas: Waxy commercial flour.
 Salsa: The red salsa fresca is bigger, hotter and fresher than you’d imagine at a humble place with chrome barstools and checkerboard floors, a place that rises above any kneejerk dismissal as a dirty all-night dive.
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(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)