Where to Find the Best Queso in Austin

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Queso is a staple in the state of Texas and there is some fierce competition in Austin for the best recipe. We all crave it pretty much every day, so having multiple options, to try new varieties, is perfect to satisfy our queso needs!

Read our guide for some of our favorite restaurants with queso in Austin, whether you like it classic with just cheese or like to add some flavor and texture. Be sure to let us know your favorite after you try them all!

Kerbey Lane Cafe is a staple in this city, and thankfully it has some of the best queso in Austin, too. We know pancakes paired with queso sounds weird, but trust us, it’s a must at this all-day breakfast cafe. Choose from classic queso, the famous Kerbey Queso with fresh guacamole and pico de gallo, or the cowboy queso which adds in black bean. You can’t go wrong with any of these fantastic options!

๐Ÿ—“SUNโ€“MON | 7AMโ€“10PM

๐Ÿ“Multiple Locations

This casual spot offers inventive Mexican fare and drinks that pair perfectly with chips and queso, especially the margaritas. Sit out on Licha’s Cantina’s large outdoor patio, order the Queso Fundido served with guacamole, pico de gallo, and queso fresco, and enjoy!

๐Ÿ—“TUE-THURS | 4PMโ€“11PM

๐Ÿ—“FRI | 4PMโ€“12AM

๐Ÿ—“SAT | 12PMโ€“12AM

๐Ÿ—“SUN | 4PMโ€“10PM


๐Ÿ“1306 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Known for its incredible Mexican food and the Knockout Martini, Matt’s El Rancho is a must-visit for Austinites and queso-lovers! The queso, AKA Bob Armstrong dip, is a unique dip that you can’t find anywhere else.ย 

๐Ÿ—“SUNโ€“MON & WED | 11AMโ€“9PM

๐Ÿ—“THURS | 11AMโ€“10PM

๐Ÿ—“FRIโ€“SAT | 11AMโ€“11PM


๐Ÿ“2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Even though Torchy’s is well-known across the nation now, it had its humble beginnings right here in Austin. We’re so proud to claim this popular chain that serves unique tacos and some “Damn Good” queso. If you love the queso, be sure to order a Trailer Park taco and make it “Trashy,” for some extra cheesiness on your taco.ย 

๐Ÿ—“Hours Differ by Location

๐Ÿ“Multiple Locations

El Alma is a chic spot with local art and a rooftop deck, making it the perfect environment to enjoy queso and margs. Choose from the queso blanco y rojo, which is a spicy queso mixed with รกrbol salsa, rajas, onions, and mushrooms, and served with corn tostadas or the queso fundido, which isย melted jack cheese served with flour tortillas!ย 

๐Ÿ—“MONโ€“THURS | 11AMโ€“10PM

๐Ÿ—“FRI | 11AMโ€“11PM

๐Ÿ—“SAT | 10AMโ€“11PM

๐Ÿ—“SUN | 10AMโ€“10PM

๐Ÿ“1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

This Tex-Mex barbecue trailer might surprise you as a queso hotspot, but the brisket-loaded queso will quickly become one of your favorites. Plus, the queso is just one of Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ’s menu items that’ll leave your stomach full and your heart satisfied. Be sure to arrive hungry for some of Austin’s best bites.ย 

๐Ÿ—“SATโ€“SUN | 7:30AMโ€“6PM

๐Ÿ—“WEDโ€“FRI | 7:30AMโ€“8PM


๐Ÿ“11500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748

This quaint, local cafe features delicious breakfast, Tex-Mex, and vegetarian options. The queso menu has a few options, including the Mag Queso with avocado and pico de Gallo, and the Sonora Queso with shredded slow-roasted beef layered with queso, avocado, and pico de gallo. Magnolia Cafe’s history in the city and fantastic foods make it a must-visit for anyone in Austin!

๐Ÿ—“SUNโ€“SAT | 8AMโ€“10PM

๐Ÿ“1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Fast food meets fresh, wood-grilled Mexican fare at Fresa’s, a casual, colorful spot with a drive-thru and patio. With incredible tacos and the perfect chips and queso to complement, Fresa’s will quickly become your convenient, go-to spot when you need a pick me up. For extra tastiness, get the totally loaded queso with black beans, guacamole, chorizo, pico de gallo, queso fresco, and salsa bruja!

๐Ÿ—“SUNโ€“SAT | 8AMโ€“10PM

๐Ÿ“Multiple Locations

Delicious Mexican comfort food paired with a colorful cantina interior design always calls our name. Eldorado is a great option for tortas, guisas, enchiladas, carnitas, and creative craft cocktails to follow after you fill your stomach with chips and queso. Choose from the Classic House Queso or Supa Queso, which is spiked with black beans, pico de gallo, and guacamole!

๐Ÿ—“WEDโ€“SUN | 9AMโ€“9:30PM

๐Ÿ“3300 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

This Texas chain is perfect for a consistent, convenient breakfast, lunch, or dinner spot when you’re craving a quick taco. With locally sourced ingredients, you can guarantee a fresh meal from Taco Deli that’ll perfectly satisfy your cravings. Order tacos with the regular queso or Roberto’s Brazo Fuerte Queso, complete with guacamole, pico de gallo, and HeartBrand Akaushi beef picadillo.

๐Ÿ—“Hours Differ by Location

๐Ÿ“Multiple Locations

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Abby Hopkins

Abby Hopkins

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