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Austin's Best Neighborhood Tex-Mex

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In last week's Friday Open Thread, Eater asked readers to recommend their favorite neighborhood Tex-Mex. Not necessarily the much-visited, much-talked about destinations around town, but that place around the corner with the enchiladas you crave on the regular and the margaritas worth daydreaming about. Readers chimed with recommendations from Round Rock to Circle C, and both newly-opened restaurants and titans of fifty years were deemed worthy.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Enchiladas y Mas

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1911 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 467-7100
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[Photo: Kantiki J./Yelp]

2. El Nuevo Mexico

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911 W Anderson Ln, #120
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 458-5454

[Photo: Donald W/Yelp]

3. Amaya's Taco Village

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5804 N. I-35
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 458-2531
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Editor emeritus Paula Forbes is a huge Amaya's fan. Dwarfed by budget hotels and Interstate 35, Amaya's Taco Village is the kind of Tex-Mex joint that time forgot, and it's perfect that way. Don't leave without an order of the Village tacos.

4. El Caribe

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5610 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 452-6207

[Photo: Kevin B/Yelp]

5. La Mancha Tex Mex Tavern

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2203 Hancock Drive
Austin, TX 78756

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6. Julio's

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4230 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 452-1040
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7. Vivo

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2015 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 482-0300
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8. Mijo's

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1000 E. 11th
Austin, TX
(512) 480-0707

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9. El Azteca

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2600 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 477-4701
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El Azteca has been in business for fifty years this year. Fifty! And they still serve up some extremely solid Tex-Mex and please cabrito fans all over the city.

10. Sazón

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1816 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 326-4395
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11. El Mesón

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2038 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-4441

This South Austin classic shares a strip mall with three trendy new Austin eateries: Lick, Henri's, and Barley Swine. Don't let those destinations dwarf some of the best Tex-Mex brunch in Austin.

12. El Chile

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1816 South 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 457-9900
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13. Polvos Mexican Restaurant

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2004 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-5446

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14. Curra's Grill

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614 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-0012
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Several readers argue that while Curra's is not purely "Tex-Mex," their Tex-Mex menu offerings are some of the best.

15. Las Lomas

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730 W Stassney Ln
Austin, TX
(512) 428-9425
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16. La Fuente's

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6507 Circle S Rd
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 442-9925
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17. Casa Garcia's Mexican Restaurant

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1901 W William Cannon Dr
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 441-9504
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Does it get more Tex-Mex than Big Red 'Ritas? There are many Casa Garcia's in the greater Austin area, including locations in Kyle and one forthcoming in New Braunfels. Readers vote the William Cannon and Round Rock locations as their favorites; the Kyle outpost is solid, too.

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1. Enchiladas y Mas

1911 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

[Photo: Kantiki J./Yelp]

1911 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

2. El Nuevo Mexico

911 W Anderson Ln, #120, Austin, TX 78757

[Photo: Donald W/Yelp]

911 W Anderson Ln, #120
Austin, TX 78757

3. Amaya's Taco Village

5804 N. I-35, Austin, TX 78751

Editor emeritus Paula Forbes is a huge Amaya's fan. Dwarfed by budget hotels and Interstate 35, Amaya's Taco Village is the kind of Tex-Mex joint that time forgot, and it's perfect that way. Don't leave without an order of the Village tacos.

5804 N. I-35
Austin, TX 78751

4. El Caribe

5610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

[Photo: Kevin B/Yelp]

5610 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

5. La Mancha Tex Mex Tavern

2203 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX 78756

[Photo: Heidi H./Yelp]

2203 Hancock Drive
Austin, TX 78756

6. Julio's

4230 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751

[Photo: Emmie G./Yelp]

4230 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751

7. Vivo

2015 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

[Photo: Kelly S./Yelp]

2015 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

8. Mijo's

1000 E. 11th, Austin, TX

[Photo: Thomas B/Yelp]

1000 E. 11th
Austin, TX

9. El Azteca

2600 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

El Azteca has been in business for fifty years this year. Fifty! And they still serve up some extremely solid Tex-Mex and please cabrito fans all over the city.

2600 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Sazón

1816 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

[Photo: Jennifer H/Yelp]

1816 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

11. El Mesón

2038 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

This South Austin classic shares a strip mall with three trendy new Austin eateries: Lick, Henri's, and Barley Swine. Don't let those destinations dwarf some of the best Tex-Mex brunch in Austin.

2038 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

12. El Chile

1816 South 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

[Photo: Chiqui B/Yelp]

1816 South 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

13. Polvos Mexican Restaurant

2004 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

[Photo: Sara S./Yelp]

2004 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

14. Curra's Grill

614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

Several readers argue that while Curra's is not purely "Tex-Mex," their Tex-Mex menu offerings are some of the best.

614 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

15. Las Lomas

730 W Stassney Ln, Austin, TX

[Photo: Jen C./Yelp]

730 W Stassney Ln
Austin, TX

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16. La Fuente's

6507 Circle S Rd, Austin, TX 78745

[Photo: Jessica S./Yelp]

6507 Circle S Rd
Austin, TX 78745

17. Casa Garcia's Mexican Restaurant

1901 W William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78745

Does it get more Tex-Mex than Big Red 'Ritas? There are many Casa Garcia's in the greater Austin area, including locations in Kyle and one forthcoming in New Braunfels. Readers vote the William Cannon and Round Rock locations as their favorites; the Kyle outpost is solid, too.

1901 W William Cannon Dr
Austin, TX 78745

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