- On a ‘Little Charlies’ pizza, which I would flip over and then proceed to eat only the crusty bottom, leaving a sheet of congealed cheese and “pepperoni” bits on the greasy paper on which it was served.
- On a deep-fried burrito (Yay Texas! This was a cafeteria staple). Much like the pizza, I would eat only the deep-fried tortilla casing, and leave behind a mound of greasy beef filling.
- On one large buttery roll and a big chocolate chip cookie from the snack bar.
When option three was selected, it meant that I had $2.25 cents left over from my three dollar lunch allotment, which would be pocketed and earmarked for a couple breakfast tacos from Casa Alde. This, dear reader, is one of the very few gastronomic rituals from my youth that I can be proud of. These are damn fine tacos. We’ve eaten dozens of breakfast tacos from places all around Austin, and the tacos at Casa Alde are so far undefeated for sheer deliciousness. Here are some highlights:
This is my favorite: potato, sauasage, and cheese. The potatoes are perfectly cooked, the sausage is finely textured, and the cheese is straight-up shredded cheddar. The tortilla is really what makes these sing- they’re handmade every morning by Grandma Helen, and they are pitch perfect. Slightly thick and chewy, with the lightest dusting of flour still clinging to the freshly griddled tortilla.
They don’t have a website, but all the info you need can be found on their facebook page. Check it out when you’ve got a hankering for a delicious breakfast taco! Austinites: it takes me 15 minutes to get from my house in South Austin to Casa Alde, in Buda, so don’t let the address get you down!