2809 S. First, Austin, 78704, 512/444-0300
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 7am-10pm; Fri., 7am-11pm; Sat., 8am-11pm; Sun., 8am-10pm
The crowds gathering at all hours attest to the loyal following Torchy's has developed. Look for crowdpleasers like their fried avocado taco or inventive takes like the ahi-tuna-filled Mr. Pink. Make sure to try the breakfast menu too.
- 2017: Readers Best Cheap Date
- 2016: Readers Best Cheap Date
- 2015: Readers Best Tacos
- 2014: Readers Best Cheap Tacos
- 2014: Readers Best Cheap Date
- 2013: Readers Best Tacos (Torchy's)
- 2010: Readers Best Cheap Date
- 2008: Critics Most Seductive Queso
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