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Say Cheese: 5 Life-Changing Bowls of Queso

By Megan Giller
September 3, 2014

Queso is more than a can of Rotel and a tube of Velveeta: it's a way of life. Today we're tackling five spots to get your dip on.

1. Torchy’s  
Though known for its tacos, the Austin original makes a green chile queso to die for — if not for the cheese itself, then for the toppings (guacamole, queso fresco, cilantro and Diablo hot sauce). 

2. Matt’s El Rancho  
“The Bob Armstrong dip is not to be missed,” says a Zagat survey taker, and we whole-heartedly agree. Taco meat, guacamole, sour cream, cheese. Yes.

3. Tacodeli  
Forget these loaded bowls. Sometimes — like every day — queso is best enjoyed as the star of its own show.

4. Kerbey Lane Cafe
Dip into queso topped with pico de gallo and find a layer of rich, creamy guacamole hiding underneath.

5. Magnolia Café
Mag mud. We’ve all been there, usually at 3 in the morning. Black beans, queso, avocado, pico de gallo: a winning combination.

Places Mentioned

Magnolia Cafe

American • Tarrytown

Food24 Decor19 Service22 Cost$19
 
 
 
Magnolia Cafe South

American • SoCo (South Congress)

Food24 Decor19 Service22 Cost$19
 
 
 
Kerbey Lane Cafe

Eclectic • West Campus

Food22 Decor18 Service21 Cost$18
 
 
 
Kerbey Lane Cafe

American • Oakmont Heights

Food22 Decor18 Service21 Cost$18
 
 
 
Kerbey Lane Cafe - Southwest

Eclectic • Oak Hill

Food22 Decor18 Service21 Cost$18
 
 
 
Kerbey Lane Cafe Northwest

American • Austin

Food22 Decor18 Service21 Cost$18
 
 
 
Tacodeli

Mexican • North Austin

Food26 Decor17 Service23 Cost$11
 
 
 
Tacodeli

Mexican • Barton Hills

Food26 Decor17 Service23 Cost$11
 
 
 
Tacodeli

Mexican • Rosedale

Food26 Decor17 Service23 Cost$11
 
 
 
Matt's Famous El Rancho

Tex-Mex • South Lamar

Food21 Decor21 Service21 Cost$24
 
 
 
Torchy's Tacos

Mexican • Northwest Hills

Food26 Decor19 Service22 Cost$12
 
 
 
Torchy's Tacos

Mexican • South Lamar

Food26 Decor19 Service22 Cost$12
 
 
 
Torchy's Tacos

Mexican • Brentwood

Food26 Decor19 Service22 Cost$12
 
 
 
Torchy's Tacos

Mexican • Oak Hill

Food26 Decor19 Service22 Cost$12
 
 
 
Torchy's Tacos

Mexican • Bouldin Creek

Food26 Decor19 Service22 Cost$12
 
 
 
Torchy's Tacos

Mexican • South Austin

Food26 Decor19 Service22 Cost$12
 
 
 
Torchy's Tacos‎

Mexican • North Campus

Food26 Decor19 Service22 Cost$12
 
 
 
 
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