Comfort Zone: Joe’s Bakery

Joe’s Bakery & Mexican Food
2305 E. Seventh St. 512-472-0017,
Hours: 6:30am-3pm Tue-Sun. Closed Mon.
By Mike Sutter | Fed Man Walking | 04.02.13
Political fortunes have been made and broken over tacos and coffee at Joe’s, where for 50 years Latino activists have measured a candidate’s worth by how he handles himself here. The fourth generation of the extended Avila family still runs the business, laying down breakfast plates of migas and tacos in handmade flour tortillas filled with mahogany-fibered barbacoa or tender pork carne guisada. Lunch includes a combination plate with Tex-Mex all-stars: a crispy beef taco, refried pinto beans, Mexican rice and a deep brown layer of chili gravy over a beef enchilada and corn-jacketed tamale. In front, bakery cases glow with pastel-frosted pan dulce. And for the stout of heart or the merely hungover, there’s always menudo, a dragon’s breath soup of beef tripe and hominy. Tacos $1.79-$2.49, breakfast plates $6-$9, lunch from $6.
(TOP: Salsa verde, barbacoa taco, pork carne guisada taco. ABOVE: Joe’s Bakery has been part of the East Austin restaurant scene for more than 50 years, making a name with menudo and pan dulce. Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)