I Can Eat 50 Eggs: Torchy's Tacos

 
In honor of Paul Newman and “Cool Hand Luke,” I’ll review 50 days of eggs from 50 different restaurants.
 
Day 2: Torchy’s Tacos
4211 Spicewood Springs Road. 291-7277, www.torchystacos.com.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
 
By Mike Sutter | Fed Man Walking | 01.02.12
 
This is a family newspaper, as they say, so I won’t repeat the name of Torchy’s killer scrambled-egg taco with the fried poblano pepper in the middle ($3.50). The pepper lends crunch and low green heat to eggs cooked thin and folded over, omelette-style. Spicy pickled carrot sticks and a spoonful of guacamole with a sprinkle of cheddar-jack make this a package deal, the rare breakfast taco with layers of texture and flavors that build in intensity through the egg, pepper and escabeche carrots, pushed further by a cool ranch salsa with serrano and poblano chiles. It’s like a chile relleno, one that would be just as good without the store-grade flour tortilla.
 
Torchy’s has become an Austin empire, with eight locations here and shops in Dallas and Houston. The chain has moved  in where other shops have faltered: Nopalito’s on South First, Dog Almighty on South Lamar and this one on Spicewood in the old Lucky Dog spot.
 
(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)
 
 
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