Trudy's North Star
8820 Burnet Rd., 512/454-1474
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 11am-12mid.; Fri., 11am-2am; Sat., 9am-2am; Sun., 9am-12mid
Here you'll find some of the best burgers and Tex-Mex in town, but it's the margaritas and Mexican martinis that keep us going during the occasional long wait.
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 that of the popular trucks. 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