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Cuisine: Interior Mexican
This may be a bar providing Alamo Drafthouse moviegoers with a new foraging alternative, but Chef John Bullington's snacky menu includes interpretations of classic Mexican street food, such as N.Y. Strip alambras and a giant Sonoran hot dog. Brunch is exciting as well, what with tangy avocado tomatilla sauces, and poblanos in the chichimigas.
5701 W. Slaughter + 512/861-7069
Try this Lubbock-based chain for both traditional Tex-Mex and adventurous Interior Mexican offerings.
2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy + 512/306-0857
Offers both Tex-Mex dishes and Interior specialties such as albondigas en chipotle and enchiladas de pipian. Go with a crowd, listen to the music, and have some fun.
4211 S. Lamar + 512/416-9667
Here you'll find daily fish specials, enchiladas of every sort, and steaks complemented by signature sauces. Sunday brunch includes migas and chilaquiles.
201 W. Third + 512/542-9670
All of your favorites are prepared fresh every day. Stick to the enchiladas and tacos.
3010-D W. Anderson + 512/459-4242
101 San Jacinto + 512/479-1200
Offers a wide selection of traditional Tex-Mex favorites as well as an enticing array of Interior Mexican dishes. The cabrito is worth a return visit.
1901 W. William Cannon + 512/441-9504
This tiny restaurant serves tasty Mexican home cooking in a cozy, no-frills atmosphere. Not to be missed are the tacos doblados and the fabulous homemade flan. No liquor, but you can BYOB.
1025 W. Stassney #103 + 512/707-1207
The kitchen whips up handmade corn tortillas while you sip avocado margaritas. Don't miss the chile rellenos with pecan cream sauce, or for breakfast, the huevos machacado. Read our review.
614 E. Oltorf + 512/444-0012
You'll find real Mexican food, real corn tortillas, and real Mexican Cokes, all at a reasonable price. Try the birria lamb and the perfect picadillo.
3900 S. Congress + 866/609-1572
A little-known jewel serves a mix of Interior Mexican and more conventional Mexican fare. The tastes are authentic, the prices are very reasonable, and the portions are huge.
5610-A N. Lamar + 512/452-6207
1617 E. Seventh St. +
The bill of fare features some Tex-Mex dishes, several Interior specialties, and a number of good vegetarian options.
1816 S. First + 512/457-9900
Each carefully crafted course is different from the others, offering contrasts in flavors, texture, and temperature. The tasting dinner will change your perspective on the cuisines of Mexico.
85 Rainey + 512/474-2776
730 W. Stassney + 512/423-3095
4109 S. Capital of Texas Hwy. + 512/443-1911
200 E. Pecan St., Pflugerville + 512/990-0250