Güero's Taco Bar
1412 S. Congress, Austin, 78704, 512/447-7688
Hours: Mon.-Wed., 11am-10pm; Thu.-Fri., 11am-11pm; Sat., 8am-11pm; Sun., 8am-10pm
Located in the old Austin Seed & Feed building, Güero's has moved into the top tier of Austin institutions without compromising the food. Have your breakfast in the oak garden.
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
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