2136 E. Seventh, 512/480-9358
Hours: Mon., 6am-9pm; Tue., 6am-3pm; Wed.-Thu., 6am-9pm; Fri., 6am-10pm; Sat., 7am-10pm; Sun., 8am-9pm
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.
Atmospheric Eastside eatery blends coastal and Interior Mexican with Tex-Mex.
105 Tillery, 512/366-5908
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.
2711 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/476-7878
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