Austin has no shortage of Mexican restaurants. But Mexican restaurants that combine excellent food and cocktails with an excellent environment are a little rarer. From the front lawn to the backyard patio, there isn’t a spot in this joint that isn’t great for a date, birthday celebration, or a pre-bar-hopping meal. If you’re here between 4 and 6pm Tuesday through Friday, they also have a good happy hour with $5 cocktails and food.
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Quickie Pickie on East 11th is part fancy convenience store and part all-day cafe, meaning they’ve got you covered with just about anything you need.
Buenos Aires Cafe, Este
Buenos Aires is a low-key Argentinian spot in East Austin with excellent empanadas. Use it for a casual weeknight dinner.
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Taco-Mex hits that sweet spot in the breakfast taco venn diagram of cheap, fast, and good. It’s commonly known as “Taco Window.”
Eldorado Cafe is a casual Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant in North Shoal Creek from the longtime chef of Tacodeli.
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Kemuri Tatsu-ya is serving Japanese/barbecue/Tex-Mex fusion in East Austin, and it’s one of the greatest meals you can have in the city right now.
Justine’s in Govalle has a fun bar scene with attractive people and tasty French food.
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