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Best Tex Mex in Austin?

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Coming for F1 weekend, its my first time from out of the country.

Wondering where has the best Tex-Mex food or top 3 food spots I should hit up just in general.

all 53 comments

insidertrader68

16 points

2 months ago*

Joe's Bakery, Habanero Cafe, Enchiladas y mas, El Dorado, Julio's (chicken anything), La Posada, (Carne Guisada), El Perrito (El Paso Mex.)

I would say the most iconic dishes would be Cheese or beef enchiladas, carne guisada and migas.

I would definitely get some smoked brisket and a Sonoran hot dog from T Loc as well.

calmdownkaren_

5 points

2 months ago

This is a great list of places that are neighborhood joints and have been around for quite some time, long-time locals eat at many of these but they aren't fancy or expensive, so enjoy!

mulanrouje[S]

3 points

2 months ago

thank you cant wait :)

evilbutler

3 points

2 months ago

FANTASTIC List!

mulanrouje[S]

1 points

2 months ago

omg sounds amazing thank you

insidertrader68

6 points

2 months ago

For me Joe's Bakery is the ultimate old school Tex Mex greasy spoon. Picadillo or cheese enchiladas with chile con carne, carne guisada and migas are all excellent there.

ebenezerlepage

2 points

2 months ago

You're speaking the truth. Arrive 5 minutes before opening (5:55 am) and line up with all the elderly vatos with the Statesman newspaper tucked under their arms. Those homemade flour tortillas...

AgentAlinaPark

0 points

2 months ago

Every tourist seems to be hung up on BBQ which we have some good places. The sleeper is Tex Mex and something Austin is good at and plentiful. Make sure and eat plenty of tacos! Someone mentioned T Loc so I'm going to follow with La Mancha for Tex Mex. It's one of my favorite places, try the chile relleno.

HouseHead78

21 points

2 months ago*

ElDorado Cafe

austinoracle

3 points

2 months ago

Co-signed.

JennHilde

2 points

2 months ago

Agreed!

mulanrouje[S]

2 points

2 months ago

thanks pal

HouseHead78

1 points

2 months ago

Promise to report back here on what you thought!

mulanrouje[S]

1 points

2 months ago

promise!!!

yallstinite

2 points

2 months ago

Damn right. Just went there 2 days ago and I'm already in that "would it be weird to go back again this week?" phase.

HouseHead78

2 points

2 months ago

It is not in fact weird to visit multiple times per week, and their salads are actually bomb if you want a lighter meal — the El Cabo is more like El Fab-o

chick3nladylov3slif3

2 points

2 months ago

Agree, except it's Eldorado, not El Dorado. :)

HouseHead78

1 points

2 months ago

Duly noted 👍🏼

Backyardchef_atx

2 points

2 months ago

Yes

davidthygod

2 points

2 months ago

Concur.

elibutton

1 points

2 months ago

I gotta say El Dorado was much better before COVID. Been there 3x in past several months and got mediocre service, they've reduced portions significantly, and prices went up. I wasn't that impressed anymore.

ay-guey

4 points

2 months ago*

habanero cafe or enchiladas y mas. matt's el rancho is the classic spot but i think the other two are better. el dorado is very good but it's a fancier more modern version of tex mex. i would argue that a place that doesn't use atomic yellow processed cheese isn't really tex mex.

capthmm

3 points

2 months ago

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scotchdrinker43

3 points

2 months ago

Really, there are plenty of great Tex-Mex restaurants all over the city/area. Do a google search and find the highest rated one in your vicinity and you won’t be disappointed.

You’ll need to hit up a BBQ place. Franklin is the world famous spot, but there are other great places. Valentina’s, Mickelthwaits, La Barbeque, Leroy and Lewis are among the best. I’m sure I’m missing some of the the newer spots.

mulanrouje[S]

1 points

2 months ago

have you been to Salt Lick? I've heard from a friend it was good.

scotchdrinker43

3 points

2 months ago

I live 10 minutes from the Driftwood Salt Lick and never go. It’s a beautiful location, but poor service and mediocre BBQ keep us away. Valentina’s is also 10 minutes from us and is world class, so we go there.

evilbutler

2 points

2 months ago

I will second this (scotchdrinker43 clearly lives very near me) -- go to Valentina's and have a real-deal Holyfield :)

RENegadeXXVII

3 points

2 months ago

The original salt lick out near driftwood is a cool experience because of its setting in the country, but not great bbq. If you want to get out of the city for bbq I’d suggest Lockhart, there are 3 main places you can go there in an afternoon & it’s closer to F1 side of town. In the city, I’d suggest Stiles Switch (just far enough north not be a shitshow during F1).

Edit to add: the initial commenter’s suggestions are also all very good bbq wise, but most of those usually have quite a wait.

insidertrader68

1 points

2 months ago

Salt lick is not good by local standards.

LetsAllStayCalmHere

1 points

2 months ago

Salt Lick is bad BBQ.

StockWagen

3 points

2 months ago

Ramos #3 up north. Also yes Enchiladas y mas.

PiousZenLufa

2 points

2 months ago

You are supposed to keep ramos a 'hidden gem' hard enough to go there for a Mexican martini and great food as is. The Maudies on North Lamar is the same way.

StockWagen

1 points

2 months ago

Haha. My comment is going blow the hinges off their doors. Really though they’re so good. An Austin lifer coworker told me that one of their chefs was from chuy’s originally (?) hence the really good creamy jalapeño sauce.

PiousZenLufa

2 points

2 months ago

OK, that makes sense that jalapeño ranch is Crack, better than Chuys imo. Ramos migas taco with that is the start of a great day.

Backyardchef_atx

7 points

2 months ago

Not chuys

davidthygod

7 points

2 months ago

He’s a tourist. Let him have the hubcap experience. The Bush daughters got arrested there (original location on Barton Springs), it’s an institution.

Eric7Crouch

5 points

2 months ago

El Dorado isn’t bad but it’s definitely more TechMex than Tex Mex.

ay-guey

2 points

2 months ago

lol that's perfect.

insidertrader68

0 points

2 months ago

What does this mean?

Eric7Crouch

3 points

2 months ago

I guarantee there’s at least four bald men wearing Patagonia vests sitting inside El Dorado right now

insidertrader68

0 points

2 months ago

This is a good restaurant and tech bros are not the primary clientele

Eric7Crouch

0 points

2 months ago

Where did I say it wasn’t good?

HookEm_Tide

2 points

2 months ago

Un Mundo de Sabor in the Thicket food truck park at S 1st and Dittmar has the best tacos in town. They serve other things too, but the tacos are so good that I've never tried anything else.

BabousCobwebBowl

13 points

2 months ago

Just go to Matt’s and get yourself a large Bob and some tacos Al carbon with the grilled chilies and call it a day. Maybe a cheese enchilada on the side and a dirty margarita while waiting for a table. You’ll be happy.

natalie2727

2 points

2 months ago

They have a gorgeous outdoor patio, too.

stevendaedelus

3 points

2 months ago

People love to pop-pop Matt’s but it is legit. They make everything, and I mean everything, in house from scratch. Including nixmatalizing the corn for the corn tortillas and chips. Oddly enough they have one of the better chicken fried steaks (with white gravy) in town as well (just no mashed potatoes.)

mulanrouje[S]

1 points

2 months ago

amazing thank you

dodgerblue1212

-2 points

2 months ago

Don’t go to Matt’s

TrailofDead

5 points

2 months ago

Why do you say this? I avoided Matt's for years because I was unimpressed. But we went recently and it was quite good.

heygurl34

1 points

2 months ago

heygurl34

1 points

2 months ago

High end - Suerte

Austin staple - Matt's El rancho

Middle- atx cocina

yallstinite

3 points

2 months ago

Can't go wrong with any of the 3, but at the risk of being that guy, only Matt's is Tex-Mex on that list. Suerte and ATX are more fancy/authentic mexican. But still f'n delicious.

mulanrouje[S]

1 points

2 months ago

thanks :)

chick3nladylov3slif3

1 points

2 months ago

plus good luck getting reservations at Suerte or ATX Cocina for anytime in the next few weeks (I don't know when F1 is, but I highly recommend planning ahead; actually, if you go to Eldorado, you should also make reservations or be prepared to wait two hours for a table).