Taqueria Arandas #5 is a Jalisco-style taqueria just south of Oltorf on 1st Street. I grew up eating Jalisco-style tacos in Chicago, and this place makes me feel right at home.
The menu is big, and you can get breakfast or lunch all day. Someone brings you salsa and warm chips as soon as you sit down. I occasionally get tacos, but my absolute favorite is the avocado tostada. It’s smeared with beans and layered with what’s probably half an avocado, plus lettuce, tomatoes, Chihuahua cheese, and a big dollop of tangy crema.
They’re less than three bucks, and at that price, two people can get in and out of there with a full meal and a couple of beers for under $15. Their breakfast is an even better deal. Plates with eggs, papas, and tortillas are around three bucks.
The food arrives shockingly quickly too. Often, I’ll spy the waitress heading toward my table, and I think she must be coming back to ask a question when she’s actually carrying my food over.
One word of caution for vegetarians: the bolillos used for the tortas are made with lard. That made for a very sad Mr. M. when he found out.
But my avocado tostadas still make me very, very happy.
Taqueria Arandas #5
2448 South First Street, Austin