The Top Places for Queso in Austin

Torchy’s Tacos
Torchy’s started as a food trailer and now has 50 restaurants across the country. The green chili queso and homemade chips are highly recommended, as is Torchy’s queso - topped with fresh guacamole, queso fresco, cilantro and diablo hot sauce.
El Alma
Modern Mexican fare with a unique Austin twist. Spend a sunny afternoon on the rooftop patio and enjoy the views of downtown Austin. Try the queso fundido, made with melted Jack cheese, with added mushrooms, chorizo or shrimp.
Best known for their inventive breakfast tacos, Tacodeli’s white queso is a great balance to their award-winning spicy salsas. Visit for breakfast for the highly recommended The Vaquero, plus a side order of queso.
Matt’s El Rancho
Opened in 1952, Matt’s El Rancho is the place Longhorn fans gather before the night games and after the day games. Try the legendary Bob Armstrong queso with chips.
Mi Madre's
Opened in 1990, Mi Madre's has been a long time Austin favorite on the East Side. Sit on their colorful patio and try the Mi Madre’s queso or Saltillo dip.
Shady Grove
With a large pecan-shaded patio, live music, one of the best burgers in town, and really good queso, this place is a local favourite.
Serving Mexican food across outside and inside seating, Polvos also offers margaritas, a self-serve salsa bar and their chips and queso, topped with guacamole, ground beef and pico de gallo.
The first Chuy's opened in 1982 on Barton Springs Road. Their queso is made of cheese, green chili sauce and ranchero sauce and received great reviews. Visit during Happy Hour for a free “nacho bar,” which includes chips, salsa, refried beans and queso.
Magnolia Café
Open 24 hours, so you can visit one of their locations any time you have a queso craving.
Eldorado Cafe
The family-run Eldorado Cafe in Allandale serves three squares a day, with a Mexican menu that features homemade salsas and the restaurant’s signature shiny ribs, slathered with sweet arbol chile glaze. Pair an agua fresca cocktail with Eldorado’s supa queso, spiked with black beans, pico de gallo and guacamole.
Heading to Austin in July? Check out Quesoff, an annual celebration of all things melted cheese, which takes place at Mohawk. Some 30 vendors, from top chefs to home cooks, compete in four queso categories: Meaty, Spicy, Veggie and Wild Card.
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Posted by: Visit Austin
Posted on: 09/07/2019

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