LOCATIONS

John Anderson

Licha's Cantina

1306 E. Sixth
Austin, 78702
512/480-5960
Hours: Happy Hour: Daily, 4-7pm; Bar and Kitchen: Tue.-Thu.., 4-11pm; Fri.-Sat.,4pm-mid.
The small menu is packed with inventive cuisine, a combination of street-food staples and popular cantina dishes, with a quality that shows from the first bite of chips and salsa.

Chronicle Reviews

Good Mexico City Food Has a Home on the Eastside

There's still room for improvement, but so far we're enchanted with Licha's Cantina

Claudia Alarcón, 2014-05-22

First Plates Awards

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