Around Austin, Torchy’s Tacos is not just a restaurant with some tasty eats. It is a temple to hangover repair, a mecca for marinated meats, and a shrine raised in honor of whatever deity it is that makes things like this so damn delicious.

But one taco on Torchy’s regular menu (there’s a secret menu, too) stands head and shoulders above the rest: The Democrat, a mound of lovingly seasoned barbacoa beef, topped with cilantro, diced onions, an avacado wedge, queso fresco, lime juice and a dollop of tomatilla salsa, wrapped in a freshly made corn tortilla. It’s not spicy, it’s not experimental, it’s just amazing.

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The Democrat the kind of foodstuff that foreigners (aka, those not from Austin) salivate over in their dreams if they’re lucky enough to have tried one. “That’s the best thing I have, uh, maybe ever tasted,” an Arazonian once said to my face. “I NEED to get to Torchy’s ASAP so I can order two of them,” a friendly Dallasite once told me, before Torchy’s opened storefronts up there as well.

However, the best way to describe this meal — and it is a whole meal in a single taco, don’t kid yourself — is not with words, but in GIFs. So, here goes nothing…

10.) When you walk in to Torchy’s for the first time, the smell will have you all like…

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The smell of Torchy’s Tacos is strong enough to get even the worst drunk out of bed.

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