Austin may well be the queso capital of the world, and it's not a role we take lightly. All that creamy cheese, fresh pico de gallo, savory meat (or mushrooms — we feel you, vegetarians), perhaps with a bit of spice to make you sweat … is it any wonder those “body by queso” shirts are so popular?
Seriously, there's something for everyone in Austin's queso world ... that is, unless you're lactose intolerant. Read on for our top nine picks.
If you’re a queso purist, head to Tacodeli (right) for light, creamy cheese with no add-ins. This rapidly growing local chain upgraded their chips a few months back and now use sturdy, crisp organic corn chips. We recommend mixing in a bit of the Salsa Doña, Tacodeli’s signature jalapeño garlic salsa, for an even more crave-worthy depth of flavor.
If you want to make a whole meal out of your queso, try Trudy’s Tex-Mex’s queso especial, complete with ground beef, lots of peppers, guacamole and pico de gallo. Nothing goes better with a Mexican martini than this fantastic, hearty dish.
For a more sophisticated palate, try Takoba’s Queso Fundido. This interior Mexican restaurant changes things up a bit from the Tex-Mex version of queso by combining flavorful Oaxaca and Monterey jack cheese with peppers and chorizo. Sitting out on Takoba’s outdoor patio on a nice day with a side of Queso Fundido can’t be beat.