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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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Multiple readers swear by this north Austin joint for its "solid" offerings and the incredibly strong margaritas. One commenter wonders, "Do they use everclear???"

[Photo: Kantiki J./Yelp]

2. El Nuevo Mexico

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911 W Anderson Ln, #120
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 458-5454
Editor emeritus Andrea Grimes is a big fan of this cheap, delicious north Austin classic, featuring homemade tortillas.

[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
El Caribe is often mentioned as an "underrated" Austin restaurant by virtue of their tasty salsas, solid enchiladas, and magical margaritas.

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5. La Mancha Tex Mex Tavern

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2203 Hancock Drive
Austin, TX 78756
This Rosedale newcomer is already garnering praise from critics and neighborhood residents alike, both for their food and their delightful interior.

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6. Julio's

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4230 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 452-1040
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One reader reports that, "I know folks who eat here 3-4 days a week for the past ten years and would not think of changing their routine!"

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7. Vivo

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2015 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 482-0300
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Another classic Cherrywood restaurant, with a great patio, strong margaritas, and delicious, delicious queso. They're also one of the best places in Austin to find that SA Tex-Mex specialty, puffy tacos.

[Photo: Kelly S./Yelp]

8. Mijo's

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1000 E. 11th
Austin, TX
(512) 480-0707
This newish Tex Mex spot in the old Zanduga space offers three different kinds of queso and all sorts of delightful takes on the margarita. The menu is helpfully labeled with gluten-free and vegetarian options.

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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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Sazon is focused on interior Mexican, but they offer Tex-Mex dishes as well, and they are masters of that Dallas-invented speciality, the frozen margarita.

[Photo: Jennifer H/Yelp]

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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El Chile has been an Austin classic for ten years, and considering how often they've changed locations, that's no mean feat. The Manor Road location will return later this month.

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13. Polvos Mexican Restaurant

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2004 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-5446
One reader wants Polvos on the list for their Fajitas al Guajillo, which "are like nothing else in Austin." The salsa bar and the deadly margaritas are worth your time, too.

[Photo: Sara S./Yelp]

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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Friendly staff? Check. Cheese enchiladas? Check. Margarita-drinkin' patio? Check. Las Lomas has every essential Tex-Mex ingredient.

[Photo: Jen C./Yelp]

16. La Fuente's

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6507 Circle S Rd
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 442-9925
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A reader notes that they've been "serving awesome Tex-Mex since 1970." Heed the sign already.

[Photo: Jessica S./Yelp]

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
Multiple readers swear by this north Austin joint for its "solid" offerings and the incredibly strong margaritas. One commenter wonders, "Do they use everclear???"

[Photo: Kantiki J./Yelp]

1911 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

2. El Nuevo Mexico

911 W Anderson Ln, #120, Austin, TX 78757
Editor emeritus Andrea Grimes is a big fan of this cheap, delicious north Austin classic, featuring homemade tortillas.

[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
El Caribe is often mentioned as an "underrated" Austin restaurant by virtue of their tasty salsas, solid enchiladas, and magical margaritas.

[Photo: Kevin B/Yelp]

5610 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

5. La Mancha Tex Mex Tavern

2203 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX 78756
This Rosedale newcomer is already garnering praise from critics and neighborhood residents alike, both for their food and their delightful interior.

[Photo: Heidi H./Yelp]

2203 Hancock Drive
Austin, TX 78756

6. Julio's

4230 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751
One reader reports that, "I know folks who eat here 3-4 days a week for the past ten years and would not think of changing their routine!"

[Photo: Emmie G./Yelp]

4230 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751

7. Vivo

2015 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Another classic Cherrywood restaurant, with a great patio, strong margaritas, and delicious, delicious queso. They're also one of the best places in Austin to find that SA Tex-Mex specialty, puffy tacos.

[Photo: Kelly S./Yelp]

2015 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

8. Mijo's

1000 E. 11th, Austin, TX
This newish Tex Mex spot in the old Zanduga space offers three different kinds of queso and all sorts of delightful takes on the margarita. The menu is helpfully labeled with gluten-free and vegetarian options.

[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
Sazon is focused on interior Mexican, but they offer Tex-Mex dishes as well, and they are masters of that Dallas-invented speciality, the frozen margarita.

[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
El Chile has been an Austin classic for ten years, and considering how often they've changed locations, that's no mean feat. The Manor Road location will return later this month.

[Photo: Chiqui B/Yelp]

1816 South 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

13. Polvos Mexican Restaurant

2004 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
One reader wants Polvos on the list for their Fajitas al Guajillo, which "are like nothing else in Austin." The salsa bar and the deadly margaritas are worth your time, too.

[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
Friendly staff? Check. Cheese enchiladas? Check. Margarita-drinkin' patio? Check. Las Lomas has every essential Tex-Mex ingredient.

[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
A reader notes that they've been "serving awesome Tex-Mex since 1970." Heed the sign already.

[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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