Matt's El Rancho

2613 S. Lamar, 512/462-9333

photo by John Anderson

Serving Austin since 1952, this immensely popular Tex-Mex icon is a food-happy dispenser of giant margaritas, excellent enchiladas, and craving-curbing quesadillas. Expect a wait – it'll be worth it. Want to order like an old-timer? Get the addictive Bob Armstrong dip.
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Chronicle Reviews

Matt's El Rancho

Matt's El Rancho is keeping it all in the family – and you're invited to join

Virginia B. Wood, May 17, 2012


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Gracie Salem, March 13, 2013

Best of Austin Awards

First Plates Awards

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