El Mercado South
1302 S. First, 512/447-7445
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 10:30am-10pm; Fri., 10:30am-11pm; Sat., 9:30am-11pm; Sun., 9:30am-10pm
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.
Gospel-ish brunch w/ the Purgatory Players
Mystery Monday w/ Christine Albert, Bill Kirchen, & guests
Tue., March 3, 7:30pm
Durawa w/ Saxtravaganza & Terry Bowness
Waterloo Wednesdays w/ John Inmon & guests
Tue., March 10, 7:30pm
Durawa w/ Saxtravaganza
Tue., March 17, 7:30pm and Tue., March 24, 7:30pm
Durawa w/ Murali Coryell
Fri., March 20
Accomplice Entertainment presents Chris Toast & the Jerks (11:30), Blevins (10:15), I Ching Gatos (8:45), Tomás Ramírez Quartet (7:30)
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 Austin-style Tex-Mex joint has been family-owned since the Fifties. Try the cabrito, and stay for the mariachi trio that plays Thursdays through Saturdays.
2910 S. Congress, 512/444-6696
This nondescript trailer serves up stellar tacos, burritos, and tortas.
2101 S. First, 512/227-5060