El Mercado South
1302 S. First, 512/447-7445
Mystery Mondays are the staple at this Tex-Mex restaurant – perfect for those avoiding nearby South Congress chaos. Every week, Christine Albert and Bill Kirchen join a surprise guest in what usually turns out to be an unrehearsed yet can’t-be-missed jam session loved by locals. During the rest of the week, the all-ages (and dog-friendly) patio stage is frequented by country, blues, and rock & roll staples in the Austin scene.
Tue., May 24, 7pm
Will Knaak w/ the Durawa Band
Tue., May 31
Durawa Band (8:00), Rosie Flores (7:00)
Tue., June 7, 7pm
Joel McColl w/ the Durawa Band
Tue., June 14, 7pm
Chris Gage w/ the Durawa Band
Tue., June 21, 7pm and Tue., June 28, 7pm
Murali Coryell w/ the Durawa Band
Austin-based mini-chain offers affordable burritos, tacos, nachos, and bowls.
500 E. Ben White Suite D- 100, 512/432-1111
Chef Alma Alcocer-Thomas' take on casual Mexico City cuisine is approachable, affordable, and delicious. Brunch includes Huevos Franceses, made with eggs and spinach resting on corn pudding; or Thomas' version of migas, called Huevos Revueltos. Throw down a Mimosa Feliz and don't miss the gorgeous views from the upstairs patio.
1025 Barton Springs Rd., 512/609-8923
This nondescript trailer serves up stellar tacos, burritos, and tortas.
2101 S. First, 512/227-5060