I Can Eat 50 Eggs: Izzoz Tacos
In honor of Paul Newman and “Cool Hand Luke,” I’ll review 50 days of eggs from 50 different restaurants.
Day 8: Izzoz Tacos
A trailer at 1503 S. First St. 916-4996, www.izzoztacos.com.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.
By Mike Sutter | Fed Man Walking | 01.08.12
Businesses live or die by what they sell, not our good intentions. Even so, if there were a time to support a homegrown business not just for its food but for the principle of the thing, now’s that time. Izzoz Tacos, the trailer started in late 2008 by John Galindo’s family on South First, is on the pointy side of legal action brought by Izzo’s Illegal Burrito. The chain with shops in Louisiana and Alabama is saying that Austin’s Izzoz is treading on its trademark, and regardless of who’s right, it’s costing an already shoestring trailer a piece of its income.
Not much I can do about the legal wrangling, but I can appreciate Izzoz (pronounced "EASE-ohs") for a great crispy Tex-Mex taco and a braised beef torta that’s among the best five sandwiches in Austin. Galindo has moved to College Station, but I’ll support his sister, Jessica Winters, who runs the business with her husband, Adam, just to keep my trailer-food options open.
For this 50 Eggs project, I’ve found another reason to join Team Izzoz: a migas taco ($2.50) with soft scrambled eggs, a sprinkle of chopped tomato, pepper and onion and melted cheddar cheese. This taco draws on the same strengths that animate the Old School crispy taco: tortillas fried to order. These chips of golden corn bark bring solid Tex-Mex flavor and act as radiators of heat to melt the cheese and marry the flavors. I get my eggs, I get a warm winter day in the shade, and now I get the option of a Gourdough’s doughnut for dessert. That trailer moved next door to Izzoz to start the New Year.
(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)
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