La Mancha Tex-Mex Tavern
2203 Hancock Dr., 512/467-4108
The queso here is made with poblanos, and the shrimp and crab chile rellenos comes with a pleasant surprise on top. For brunch, try Pork Carnitas Hash, a toothsome tangle of moist pork under a salsa verde.
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Virginia B. Wood, August 22, 2013
This spacious, no-frills Austin institution serves classic Tex-Mex breakfasts, lunches, and dinners daily. Look for the fresh homemade tortillas, crispy tacos, and slow-roasted beef ribs.
5804 N I-35, 512/458-2531
The offerings from Jae Kim’s brick-and-mortar "Home of the Kimchi Fries" should be as yummy as those of the popular truck’s. The menu is slightly different, sporting kimchi fried rice balls containing rice, cheddar, Monterey Jack, nori, and gochujang, but retains plenty of crowd favorites.
5222 Burnet Rd., 512/852-9970
This taqueria with a goofy sense of humor turns out superior food from a mesquite-fired grill. Be sure to try the Pirata, with smoked Angus sirloin, sea salt, cheese, and avocado.
2525 West Anderson, 512/452-0001