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Migas at Cisco's
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Where to Find Ten Classic Tex Mex Dishes in Austin

Mando Rayo shares his top picks.

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Migas at Cisco's
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Austin is a town built on Tex Mex. Taco Journalism's Mando Rayo compiles the essential ten dishes to understand a cuisine that's been essential "since vaqueros and cowboys shared their first breakfast taco." Read on for his picks on where to re-acquaint yourself with crispy tacos, cabrito, and more.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Habanero Mexican Cafe

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501 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 416-0443
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The Dish: Beef Fajita Ranchera

Rayo's Take: Prepared al mesquite style, add plenty of spices and jalapeños and you got one of the best fajitas in town.

2. Matt's Famous El Rancho

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2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 462-9333
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The Dish: Bob Armstrong Dip

Rayo's take on one of Austin's most iconic dishes.: If you wanna have some Velveeta dreams then I suggest the Bob Armstrong Dip topped with guac and ground beef or if you wanna double down, add the smoked brisket.

3. Amaya's Taco Village

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5804 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 458-2531
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The Dish: crispy taco

Rayo's Take: A staple in Tex-Mex, the crispy taco doesn't get better than ground beef, pico and cheese. These are crispy tacos that haven't lost their crispy edge.

4. El Azteca

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2600 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 477-4701
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The Dish: cabrito plate

Rayo's Take: Where do Tejanos eat cabrito? In McAllen and East Austin. It's a crispy like carnitas and tender like beef and with a hint of rancho flavor. For you city slickers, just dip it in the warm red salsa that it comes with to ease off the rancho.

5. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

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2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-0017
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The Dish: Carne Guisada Plate

Rayo's Take: One of my favorite spots in Austin. The carne guisada is sweet, tender, gravy-licous. Be warned, this carne's sweetness comes from pork rather than the more traditional beef.

6. Cisco's Restaurant & Bakery€Ž

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1511 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 478-2420
The Dish: Migas Taco

Rayo's Take: One of the last East Austin icons left standing. They've been dodging ghosts, developers and hipsters over the last few years. I'm glad I can still go and get myself a Migas taco with buttery biscuits of course.

7. Enchiladas y Mas

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1911 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 467-7100
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The Dish: Beef Enchiladas

Rayo's Take: Nothing says says Tex-Mex like "hot plate - hot plate!" Let's just cook the whole plate in the oven and hope you don't get burned while you're eating the cheesy, beefy enchiladas. All you gotta do is let it simmer down and don't forget the raw onions!

8. La Fuente's

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6507 Circle S Rd
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 442-9925
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The Dish: Super Nachos con Beef Fajita

Rayo's Take: I'm more of a let's pile the tortilla chips on the plate and add the fixin's type of guy. La Fuente's follows up the messy with crispy fajita and layers and layers of guac, pico and all the lettuce in the world.

9. Mi Madre's Restaurant

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2201 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 322-9721
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The Dish: migas plate

Rayo's Take: The migas plate keeps the Mexican in Tex-Mex with a kick. Nothing like fresh jalapenos and onions and still crispy tortilla chips in your huevos.

10. Dart Bowl

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5700 Grover Ave
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 452-2518
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The Dish: enchiladas with fried eggs Rayo's Take: What's better than eating enchiladas with fried eggs while getting a little tipsy and bowling? Absolutely nothing! The Dart Bowl enchiladas are a guilty pleasure, served with fried eggs on a fajita-style dish.

1. Habanero Mexican Cafe

501 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
The Dish: Beef Fajita Ranchera

Rayo's Take: Prepared al mesquite style, add plenty of spices and jalapeños and you got one of the best fajitas in town.

501 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

2. Matt's Famous El Rancho

2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
The Dish: Bob Armstrong Dip

Rayo's take on one of Austin's most iconic dishes.: If you wanna have some Velveeta dreams then I suggest the Bob Armstrong Dip topped with guac and ground beef or if you wanna double down, add the smoked brisket.

2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

3. Amaya's Taco Village

5804 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78751
The Dish: crispy taco

Rayo's Take: A staple in Tex-Mex, the crispy taco doesn't get better than ground beef, pico and cheese. These are crispy tacos that haven't lost their crispy edge.

5804 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78751

4. El Azteca

2600 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
The Dish: cabrito plate

Rayo's Take: Where do Tejanos eat cabrito? In McAllen and East Austin. It's a crispy like carnitas and tender like beef and with a hint of rancho flavor. For you city slickers, just dip it in the warm red salsa that it comes with to ease off the rancho.

2600 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

5. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
The Dish: Carne Guisada Plate

Rayo's Take: One of my favorite spots in Austin. The carne guisada is sweet, tender, gravy-licous. Be warned, this carne's sweetness comes from pork rather than the more traditional beef.

2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

6. Cisco's Restaurant & Bakery€Ž

1511 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
The Dish: Migas Taco

Rayo's Take: One of the last East Austin icons left standing. They've been dodging ghosts, developers and hipsters over the last few years. I'm glad I can still go and get myself a Migas taco with buttery biscuits of course.

1511 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

7. Enchiladas y Mas

1911 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757
The Dish: Beef Enchiladas

Rayo's Take: Nothing says says Tex-Mex like "hot plate - hot plate!" Let's just cook the whole plate in the oven and hope you don't get burned while you're eating the cheesy, beefy enchiladas. All you gotta do is let it simmer down and don't forget the raw onions!

1911 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

8. La Fuente's

6507 Circle S Rd, Austin, TX 78745
The Dish: Super Nachos con Beef Fajita

Rayo's Take: I'm more of a let's pile the tortilla chips on the plate and add the fixin's type of guy. La Fuente's follows up the messy with crispy fajita and layers and layers of guac, pico and all the lettuce in the world.

6507 Circle S Rd
Austin, TX 78745

9. Mi Madre's Restaurant

2201 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
The Dish: migas plate

Rayo's Take: The migas plate keeps the Mexican in Tex-Mex with a kick. Nothing like fresh jalapenos and onions and still crispy tortilla chips in your huevos.

2201 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

10. Dart Bowl

5700 Grover Ave, Austin, TX 78756
The Dish: enchiladas with fried eggs Rayo's Take: What's better than eating enchiladas with fried eggs while getting a little tipsy and bowling? Absolutely nothing! The Dart Bowl enchiladas are a guilty pleasure, served with fried eggs on a fajita-style dish.
5700 Grover Ave
Austin, TX 78756

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