Mouth-Watering Tex-Mex on East 6th

Benjamin Gold

On the northeast corner of a food truck in East 6th Street lies one of Austin’s hidden gems. Texsueño, a longtime dream of Chef Brandon Martin, brings both quality and fine-dining techniques to the Austin food truck scene. For the last eight years, Martin has sought to change the local perception of food trucks. Martin infuses his experience as a chef at high-end restaurants and his passion for Tex-Mex cuisine by introducing the city to his “sueño”, the Spanish word for dream.

The Origin Story

After taking his talent around the country working in high-end kitchens in Chicago and New York, Martin returned to Austin. Here he had stints working in the kitchens of some of the city’s best restaurants like Odd Duck, Barley & Swine, and Foreign and Domestic.

Following through on his longtime dream of opening up a Tex-Mex food truck, Chef Brandon Martin has done his part to put Austin food trucks on the map. Few food trucks around the city of Austin compare to what is going on in the kitchen at Texsueño. Here, Chef Brandon is whipping up huge flavors in a tiny truck with ease. A maestro of the miniature kitchen, Chef Brandon Martin is making some of Austin’s best tacos and margaritas.

Margarita Time + Starters

The handmade margarita mixes with flavors like Ancho Tamarind and Strawberry Thai Basil are the perfect accompaniment to a bottle of tequila or as Chef Brandon recommends, a bottle of mezcal. The killer margaritas are ideal for washing down his crispy house-made chips. Covered in delicious house salsa or the smoked bean dip, these pack layer upon layer of flavor into each bite. Although the starters leave any diner in food euphoria, it is the tacos that take Texsueño to the next level.

Did Someone Say Tacos?

With classics like a crispy, hard shell beef taco and carnitas, as well as more unique tacos like the sweet potato taco, Chef Brandon will take you on a rollercoaster of flavors. The crispy beef taco is a street food classic perfected. The flavor brings me back with nostalgia to growing up and eating hard shell tacos all around Los Angeles. Biting into the simple yet expertly crafted carnitas taco left me with a hand covered in the juice that dripped out of the succulent carnitas meat.

I thought I had reached taco nirvana following the crispy beef and carnitas tacos. However, the sweet potato taco took me to another dimension of flavors. With sweet potatoes made in three different ways and a sweet, candy-like pecan-golden raisin salsa, the sweet potato taco left me convinced that I never needed meat in a taco again. Perfectly balancing sweet and savory, the sweet potato taco was unlike any taco I have had so far.

There’s more to the mind-boggling flavors that pop like fireworks once they hit your tongue. One can tell that Chef Brandon puts his passion and love into each dish that comes out of the Texsueño kitchen. My experience at Texsueño was truly incredible, and I couldn’t help but get on the phone to share with all of my friends. I just had to let them know that on East 6th Street sits some of not only the best tex-mex bites I’ve ever had but some of the most unbelievable eats in the food oasis that is Austin, Texas.