Owners of Mellizoz Tacos truck open Cruzteca Mexican Kitchen in South Austin

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One of the early movers in Austin’s modern food truck movement has made the leap to brick-and-mortar restaurant. Cruzteca Mexican Kitchen is the new venture from Adam Winters and Jessica Galindo Winters, owners of Mellizoz Tacos truck on South First Street.

It doesn’t get much more classic Tex-Mex than the Old School at Mellizoz Tacos — ground beef topped with cheddar cheese stuffed into a fried shell.

The restaurant, located at 5207 Brodie Lane #125 in the old Stuffed Cajun Meat Market space in Sunset Valley, offers an expanded take on the popular food truck’s menu. There is an assortment of tortas (fried avocado, pulled pork and blackened tilapia among them) as well as the tacos from the truck’s menu, like the Slowrider (braised beef), Bowman (roasted chicken) and Old School (one of the best crispy beef tacos in town). The breakfast menu has 9 different tacos (I recommend the Pacheco, eggs and braised beef) and traditional breakfast plates like chilaquiles. Beer and margaritas are also planned. (See the full menu here.)

Mellizoz still operates on South First Street. The taco truck got its start as Izzoz, under the direction of Jessica’s brother, John Galindo.

Cruzteca is open 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.


Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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