Political fortunes have been made and broken over tacos and coffee at Joe’s, where for 50 years Latino activists have measured a candidate’s worth by how he handles himself here. The fourth generation of the extended Avila family still runs the business, laying down breakfast plates of migas and tacos in handmade flour tortillas filled with mahogany-fibred barbacoa or tender pork carne guisada. Lunch includes a combination plate with Tex-Mex all-stars: a crispy beef taco, refried pinto beans, Mexican rice and a deep brown layer of chilli gravy over a beef enchilada and corn-jacketed tamale. In front, bakery cases glow with pastel-frosted pan dulce pastries. And for the stout of heart or the merely hungover, there’s always menudo, a dragon’s breath soup of beef tripe and hominy.
• 2305 E 7th St, +1 512 472 0017, joesbakery.com, tacos
$1.79, breakfast plates $6-$8, lunch from $6. Open Tue-Sun 6.30am-3pm

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