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.
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.
Mystery Mondays are the staple at this Tex-Mex restaurant – perfect for those avoiding nearby South Congress chaos. Every week, Christine Albert and Bill Kirchen join a surprise guest in what usually turns out to be an unrehearsed yet can’t-be-missed jam session loved by locals. During the rest of the week, the all-ages (and dog-friendly) patio stage is frequented by country, blues, and rock & roll staples in the Austin scene.
This nondescript trailer serves up stellar tacos, burritos, and tortas.
Stratocaster-sized burritos in a rock & roll environment are the stock-in-trade at this joint. This is big-boy eating heaven: You don't have to include the veggie stuff you don't want, and there's no way you can walk away hungry.
Dine in or grab a delicious whole chicken to go from the walk-up window at this Bouldin Creek outpost. There's a full bar, plus agua frescas.
Located in the old Austin Seed & Feed building, Güero's has moved into the top tier of Austin institutions without compromising the food. Have your breakfast in the oak garden.
When God created fajitas, he (or she) took lessons here first. Breakfast is just as good as lunch, with low prices, big servings, and great service. Vegans, don't pout; concessions have been made for your limited diets.
One of our favorite things to do is enjoy a chile relleno or a plate of carne guisada and listen to the mariachi bands that play here weekly.
This SoFi mobile taqueria (formerly known as Izzoz) remains a favorite among the gourmet taco trucks. Try the Padre taco – braised carnita pork, avocado, and pineapple salsa fresca – and a side of garlic fries.
If you're out early, swing by for breakfast tacos starting at 7am. It's either the solid Tex-Mex complemented by the bottomless salsa bar or the pitchers of frozen margaritas that draw them in for lunch and dinner.
Mexican breakfasts, sweet horchata, and the sunny red and white interior could whisk the fog out of anyone's morning brain.
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.
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