Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy
2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-0857
Hours: Sun.-Thu., 11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-11pm; Happy Hour: Sun.-Fri., 3pm-7pm
Try this Lubbock-based chain for both traditional Tex-Mex and adventurous Interior Mexican offerings.
The menu boasts appealing items clearly influenced by Central Mexico, the specialty cocktail selections include signature margaritas (including one made with tepache, a fermented pineapple drink that's popular in Jalisco), and the sauces here were all extraordinary, but the precooked meats and chaotic service disappointed.
6001 W. William Cannon, 512/301-0060
This restaurant, opened for business for over 30 years, is still serving up delicious Interior Mexican in a lovely setting. The empanadas, frijoles a la charra, beef tenderloin, and anything with the mole sauce is not to be missed. Also check out the extensive gluten-free menu.
3201 Bee Caves Rd. #122, 512/327-9889
Its big sister, Curra's Grill, is known for solid interior cuisine, and fans will find many familiar menu items. You'll also find 20 beers on tap, hamburgers, and an amphitheater.
8600 Hwy. 290 W., 512/288-0437