4477 S. Lamar
Hours: Daily, 8am-10pm; Cafe: Sun.-Thu., 7am-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 7am-10pm
Armed with a wealth of cherished family recipes for fresh, home-style Cuban cuisine, the menu's opening salvo may be Masas fritas, or chunks of mojo criollo-marinated pork fried in lard, golden outside and succulent within. Lechon asado gets the same marinade and hours in a slow oven until it gets so tender it melts in your mouth. Pollo al horno is a marinated chicken leg quarter that is roasted with onion and red bell peppers, turning it moist and juicy.
6800 West Gate Blvd. #112, 512/382-1022
This comfortable neighborhood restaurant draws families and groups for lunch, brunch, and dinner, to enjoy inventive pizzas, hearty sandwiches, and sharable plates. The bar appears to do a brisk business in craft beers and custom cocktails plus non-alcoholic specials such as frosty glasses of fresh lemonade or mugs of malted hot chocolate under a cloud of whipped cream.
4715 S. Lamar, 512/358-7445