Because nothing makes remorse go down easier than melted cheese, here are the spots in town to get the best stuff.
Maudie's is like the beloved abuela of Austin, feeding her ninos way too much food and shouting "escuchame!" over the dinner table, shushing us for prayers. This is all to say it's been here forever, our Maudie's, and we never tire of her or her Queso Diablo -- queso tinged with spicy jalapenos. It's the best way to wake you up out of a dreary hangover (but don't tell Abuela Maudie).
In the venerable tradition of personal pizzas, El Taquito serves a "personal queso" -- a little mini skillet, running over with rich melted cheese just for you, and ONLY YOU.
The gold standard for late-night, drunk-munching queso: Is it any surprise this legendary stuff was invented by college students? It's guacamole covered with queso, then topped off with fresh pico de gallo -- which I'm pretty cancels out calories from the bottom two layers.
I confess I'm not familiar with Bob Armstrong, though I'm a fan of his work: The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt's El Rancho, i.e. queso shamelessly filled with taco meat and a scoop of guacamole with salsa on the side, brings to mind a live-and-let-live character, a football coach who ate with gusto and invented this recipe during his retirement. That, or a hungry, stoned hippie.
I love how Flores refers to their beef-filled queso as "Queso Completo," as if plain queso, all by itself, is just lacking -- until, that is, you scoop obscene amounts of ground meat inside of it. Maybe they're right: I've eaten so many chip-fulls here that I'm inclined to agree.
Queso with taco meat gingerly swimming inside of it? If that doesn't say "I'm breaking my New Year's resolutions and I don't care who KNOWS!" then I'm not sure what does. La Fuente's chili con queso is delicious, by the way -- some of the best in town.
Pepper and onion-filled, El Chile serves a sophisticate's queso, made with real cheese that's never seen a Rotel label in its life.
Green chili queso known to cause spontaneous poetry and effusive speeches, this smoky/tangy/rich stuff is great on pretty much any taco, Torchy's or otherwise.