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Fonda San Miguel

PHOTOS: Paul Bardagjy

Fonda San Miguel is an Austin classic that, as one of the few authentic interior Mexican restaurants, stands untouched by the hordes of Tex-Mex competition in the city. If you’re confused by the difference, Tex-Mex is a Mexican-American mashup cuisine that heavily features lard, cheese, fried things, and very few vegetables. Interior Mexican food tends to involve a lot more seafood and other proteins covered with exotic, flavorful sauces. In other words, it’s real Mexican food.

If you’re looking for an awesome dining experience that’s not outwardly trendy, and you don’t mind dropping money for it, Fonda San Miguel is the place. Since it’s located a bit north of the main Austin action, it’s a little off the beaten path and often overlooked, especially by younger people who are new to the city. While Fonda is often crowded, everyone here is in the know, and probably a local. The interior is also beautiful, and feels special - a great choice for a birthday or anniversary dinner.

Fonda San Miguel is truly in a class of its own. It’s pricey, yes, but always worth it. While you can find other interior Mexican cuisine in Austin, this is the place we always feel most awesome eating it.

Food Rundown

Angels on Horseback

Shrimp, cheese, and jalapeño wrapped in bacon. Begin your meal here.

Ancho Relleno San Miguel

This beautiful fried chili pepper is stuffed with chicken, almonds, and a cilantro cream sauce. Our favorite dish here.

Pollo En Mole Poblano

The classic chicken mole experience. This semi-sweet, savory chocolate sauce is a Mexican traditional delicacy used to cover tender meats. This quarter chicken brings the noise.

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