La Catedral del Marisco
2711 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/476-7878
The "cathedral of seafood" is a jaw-dropper. The menu is half seafood and half grilled, meat-centric Norteño. Try the tostada de pulpo, a pile of tender, griddled octopus with scallions and pepper.
Atmospheric Eastside eatery blends coastal and Interior Mexican with Tex-Mex.
105 Tillery, 512/366-5908
Look for a dozen egg dishes for early risers, as well as machacado and nopales, enchiladas potosinas, and plenty of Mexican standards.
1701 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/479-7911
This expert purveyor of real Norteño-style grilled meats and side dishes offers reliable Interior dishes such as puerco en chile colorado and pollo en mole poblano to round out the menu.
2136 E. Seventh, 512/480-9358