2529 S. Lamar
Hours: Tue.-Fri., 7am-9pm; Sat., 8am-9pm; Sun., 9am-2pm; Mon., 7am-3pm
This funky little joint with the brightly decorated patio is the heart and soul of South Austin. Arrive early for hundreds of breakfast taco variations, great migas, great hot sauce, and a full bar.
This may be a bar providing Alamo Drafthouse movie-goers 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
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
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