Rio Grande Tex-Mex
1720 N. Mays, Round Rock, 78664, 512/671-7966
Hours: Mon.-Tue., 9am-9pm; Wed.-Thu., 9am-9:30pm; Fri., 9am-11pm; Sat., 8am-11pm; Sun., 8am-9pm
Try this Lubbock-based chain for both traditional Tex-Mex and adventurous Interior Mexican offerings.
2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-0857
Fresh seafood from Gulf Coast and West Coast waters appears in a variety of enticing forms. Plump Gulf shrimp, arranged on a luxurious pool of silken atole corn sauce, are topped with a crunchy crown of Manchego cheese and herbed bread crumbs, and enlivened by a piquant chile arbol aioli and flavor bombs of grilled cherry tomatoes. But be warned, the dessert menu will leave you wanting more.
1816 S. First, 512/401-3161
This spacious, no-frills Austin institution serves classic Tex-Mex breakfasts, lunches, and dinners daily. Look for the fresh homemade tortillas, crispy tacos, and slow-roasted beef ribs.
5804 N I-35, 512/458-2531