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Taco town

Austin is the capital of Texas and possibly the center of the taco universe

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Photographs by The Washington Post/DAVE MEAD

An unexpected stop on a Tour de Taco is Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop. Owned by Lance Armstrong, it’s home to more than bikes. It also has a cafe that serves breakfast tacos made by a local taco truck.

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IF YOU GO:

WHERE TO EAT

• Juan Pelota Cafe

400 Nueces St., Austin, Texas

(512) 473-0222

juanpelotacafe.com

Relaxed coffee shop attached to Lance Armstrong’s bike shop, serving breakfast tacos daily. Tacos from $2.50.

• Lazarus Brewing

1902 E. Sixth St., Austin, Texas

(512) 394-7620

lazarusbrewing.com

Local brewery featuring 13 beers on tap, plus rotating specials, homemade root beer and Tex-Mex cuisine. Tacos from $3.

• Joe’s Bakery

2305 East Seventh St., Austin, Texas

(512) 472-0017

joesbakery.com

A fourth-generation family diner that serves breakfast and lunch six days a week. Closed Mondays. Tacos from $1.99.

• El Arroyo

1624 West Fifth St., Austin, Texas

(512) 474-1222

elarroyo.com

Classic Tex-Mex restaurant featuring a clever sign and great happy hour specials. Taco plates from $8.95.

• Austin Taco Project

500 East Fourth St., Austin, Texas

(512) 682-2739

austintacoproject.com

Upscale cocktails and gourmet tacos inside the Hilton Austin. Taco plates from $7.95 for an order of two.

• Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon

915 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas

(512) 428-5077

fresaschicken.com

Walk-up, authentic taco stand featuring homemade tortillas. Known for breakfast tacos, but also open late, until 10 p.m. Tacos from $2.80

• Torchy’s Tacos

Multiple locations

torchystacos.com

An Austin-based, family-centric and local chain featuring a wide variety of tacos and beers on tap.

WHAT TO DO

• Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library

2313 Red River St., Austin, Texas

(512) 721-0200

lbjlibrary.org

The 36th president’s official library on the University of Texas’s flagship campus. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $10, seniors $7, former military with valid ID $5, ages 13 to 17 $3, younger free.

• Barton Springs Pool

2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas

(512) 974-6300

austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool

A three-acre pool fed by natural springs in the heart of Austin’s massive Zilker Park. Open daily year-round, except for select dates in late February. Hours vary by season. Summer admission fee for nonresidents: $8; seniors and children ages 12 to 17: $4; ages 1 to 11: $3; free for infants.

• Texas State Capitol

1100 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas

(512) 463-0063

www.tspb.state.tx.us/plan/tours/tours.html

Classical pink granite architecture in the heart of Austin. Free tours available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Tours depart from South Foyer.

INFORMATION

• austintexas.org

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Migas tacos — scrambled eggs, chopped onions and serranos, crushed tortilla chips and melted shredded cheese served on wheat ... + Enlarge

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It’s not just tacos in Austin, Texas. There’s also fun and recreation to be found at spots like Barton Springs. + Enlarge

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