11940 Manchaca Rd., 512/282-9094
Hours: Mon.–Thu., 11am–9:30pm; Fri., 11am–10pm; Sat., 9am–10pm; Sun., 9am–9:30pm
This popular venue specializes in El Paso-style variations such as stacked Santa Fe enchiladas, along with excellent margaritas and Dos Equis on tap.
Recognizing a long-overlooked far-South gem
Mick Vann, September 16, 2004
Latin-inflected fine dining in the sumptuous Four Seasons hotel right in the heart of Downtown Austin.
98 San Jacinto, 512/478-4500
Nothing tests the mettle of a musician like having to compete with the best sunsets in Texas. Opened by Beau Theriot in 1982, the Oasis has grown from a remote ranch house on the western edge of town to a four-tiered food and entertainment fortress overlooking Lake Travis with a capacity of 2,500. Neither a 2005 fire nor the 2010-13 drought stanched the venue’s momentum. During the spring and summer months, the Oasis features live music on weekends and select Thursdays. Frequent fliers include venerable all-purpose show band Rotel & the Hot Tomatoes and Eighties glam-metal specialists LC Rocks.
6550 Comanche Trl., 512/266-2442
The rustic decor – stone, metal, leather, and antlers – and hearty Western entrées with robust side dishes welcome carnivores.
701 Congress, 512/583-0000