Stateside at the Paramount
"...The barbecue for which Central Texas is justifiably famous has not changed much over the years, and we'll get to a discussion of that soon enough. On the other hand, Mexican food in Austin has undergone such a transformation in the past 35 years that the distinctions between Tex-Mex food and Interior Mexican food are quickly disappearing...."
"...The newest Mexican restaurant in Cedar Park takes its name from the popular Mexican folk song, Cielito Lindo. And just like the chorus proclaims, a visit there to enjoy the authentic flavors of the Mexican Interior will have you singing, not crying, and is sure to “gladden your heart.”..."
"...Not discouraging easily, the longtime friends persevered. With help from their friend Diana Kennedy, well known for her passion in documenting and preserving traditional Mexican recipes, they learned more about regional Mexican cuisine and forged a working relationship and friendship that has lasted through today...."
"...Shortly after we came to depend upon the curative powers of a margarita in summer, we fell in love with them. We began to drink them with our meals, especially Mexican meals, all year round..."
"...Without firsthand experience of these businesses, it's impossible to judge which suited the building best. But a visit to the current incarnation confirms that the space is well-suited for its present purpose, an upscale restaurant featuring interior Mexican cuisine...."
"...Here are some of the most popular items to be found on a Mexican breakfast menu. Each restaurant may have its own version, but these are the basics...."
"...Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-10pm After spending a decade across the parking lot from Güero's and two blocks off the South First Mexican food mile, I experienced culture shock last year when I relocated to a Central East Austin neighborhood with very few Mexican food options. Luckily for me, it was just a few months before two new Mexican eateries opened nearby, taking over abandoned locations within a block of each other on what can certainly be called Manor Road's Restaurant Row..."
"...They say that no Mexican meal is complete without some chile. Perhaps this explains why the specialty of the house at Curra's Grill, owned and operated by the Curra family of Nueva Rosita, Coahuila (not far from the border southwest of Piedras Negras), is jalapeños en escabeche..."
"...This should be a must on your list of Austin's best Interior Mexican outposts. Affordable prices, friendly service, and unique menu items are some of the reasons we love it, and tasty breakfast served all day, every day seals the deal..."
"...Over the last several years, it has seemed like more and more Mexican mariscos restaurants were creeping into town, and when I did a count recently, it occurred to me that there were enough to warrant a critic's tour. "Mariscos" in Spanish simply means "seafood." In Mexican-restaurant-speak, it usually implies a restaurant where an assortment of fish and shellfish can be found, cooked in a number of different ways: as various cocktails, in soups, with rice, sauced, in enchiladas, or as tacos or tostadas..."
"...It's no secret that Austin is well-known for the caliber and sheer number of Mexican restaurants located in the city. According to Texas Restaurant Association statistics, Austin boasts 168 Mexican restaurants -- excluding fast-food chains -- and the number swells to nearly 250 when chains are included..."
"...1972-1975 Tom Gilliland and Miguel Ravago operate San Angel restaurant in Houston, serving interior Mexican cuisine to a small but very loyal clientele. Diana Kennedy, the grande dame of Mexican cuisine, eats there and becomes their culinary mentor...."
"...Hidden in the back corner of the West Woods mall, across the street from the Randall's on Bee Caves Rd., Las Palomas has been quietly serving Austin authentic Interior Mexican cuisine since 1983. The restaurant is owned and operated by Amelia and Javier Corona, formerly of Mexico City, and managed by their daughter, Mari Carmen Dale..."
"...We were pleased to see longtime Rosedale neighborhood residents John Korioth and Will Muntz breathe new life into the run-down, 40-year-old building that once housed Casita Jorge's. Restaurant designer Michael Hsu and builder Mark Herron opened up the dark and dilapidated space, bathing it in natural light and bright colors, and decorating with Mexican movie posters, large loteria cards, and license plate art pieces..."
"...We've got choices that range from fine-dining elegance – like the 65-year-old Green Pastures (811 W. Live Oak, www.greenpasturesrestaurant.com) and the lush Mexican hacienda, Fonda San Miguel (2330 North Loop, www.fondasanmiguel.com) – to street-food casual, and everything in between..."
"...Just when you think you've seen all that taquerias have to offer in this town, along comes Papalote, a taqueria of a different stamp that will no doubt help redefine Austin's taco expectations. Papalote is the newest endeavor from Sergio Varela, who also owns Azul Tequila, a favorite South Austin destination for reliable Interior Mexican cuisine..."