Tamale House East

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From the migas to the inexpensive breakfast tacos to the ample parking options: Be still our beating heart, Tamale House East. Operated by Carmen Valera (granddaughter and namesake of Tamale House founder Carmen Vasquez) and her siblings, the Tex-Mex hot spot hosts pop-up dinners and a diverse selection of events. Enjoy an agua fresca on the expansive outdoor patio. – Anna Toon

Place Categories: Food and Restaurants.Place Tags: mexican food, migas, and tamales.

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3 reviews

  1. Lisa B., Jan 15, 2014 - Tamale House East

    Only pros:
    $1.50 breakfast tacos. Check. (only con is a lack of variety/creativity)
    Delicious Agua Fresca. Check.
    Amazing salsa. Yessss
    Friendly staff. Affirmative.
    Lovely atmosphere. Aaaaaaah!
    Dinners under $8? Really?????

    I’m so happy to be your new neighbor, Tamale House East!

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  2. Rebekah L., Jan 31, 2014 - Tamale House East

    Awesome breakfast food! Called it in to be picked up and when I arrived the food was all packaged up perfectly. We ordered breakfast tacos and huevos rancheros with cheese that came with potatoes and beans. It was a ton of food for the price. Next time hope to dine in as the restaurant is actually really cute inside and has darling little patio. What sets it apart from other Mexican breakfast joints as there are so many on the east side:
    -great salsa!
    – ranchero sauce yum
    -inexpensive – 3 tacos and breakfast plate $13
    -huge tacos, tons of bacon
    – easy to communicate order (I am a gringo)

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  3. Scott L., Mar 16, 2014 - Tamale House East

    When Lauren suggested Tamale House for breakfast, I quickly suggested somewhere newer and trendier. Tamale House was a real shack at the corner of 29th and Guadalupe back in my early college days.
    In retrospect some of the heartiest simple places for breakfast tacos then.

    When I drove by this new to me location,
    apparently it’s been here for years, the villa like stucco building with treed courtyard next to a train track and prominent mural wall in
    Hip east Austin (think a more commercial Brooklyn) oozed that dirty garage meets European sophisticate charm Austin has been so good at producing.

    Weeks later at SXSW, I pulled my friend Danny there. The father of this family owned business met my friend Danny with hugs and a familiar warmth that was cooler than a courtyard. They used to work at the city of Austin together while his wife ran the taco business.

    Bright lights shin on this family now, we arrived at 11:30 just missing a long never ending line by noon.

    That old Austin spirit of warmth and non material attachment somehow radiated in this large industrial space that felt so homey.

    Danny got migas and I got chicken mole, which was homemade tasting and rich, the way I like it.

    Danny’s more critical. “Do you think it’s like grandma makes? Is it too gringo?”
    “It’s okay. Cheddar cheese shreds on my eggs, now that’s gringo.”

    The salsas, including the warmed orange one were incredible, leaving me snacking on leftover enchiladas mole for two days.

    I might list this as one of my top Mexican places ever – it’s a boutique greasy spoon
    that serves nostalgic Austin college comfort food. The food is just simple gringo-ized
    Grandma grab – and there’s a place for that.

    Food – rib sticking tex mex
    Ambiance – an Austin institution

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