Where to get the Best Tex-Mex in Austin | Best Tex-Mex Places in Austin
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Where to get the Best Tex-Mex in Austin | Best Tex-Mex Places in Austin


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Tex-Mex restaurants in Austin serve some of the best comfort food around. Once you hop into a Tex-Mex restaurant, you immediately start to crave sizzling fajitas or a spicy and cheesy homemade enchilada with a cold margarita. The combination of Mexican and Texas cuisine and the ever-expanding love for Mexican culture has led to the opening of more Tex-Mex restaurants in Austin. Check out our list of the best Tex-Mex restaurants in Austin, and experience how delicious and fun Tex-Mex cuisine can be!

Alli Mexican Cuisine

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948 Payton Gin Rd, Austin, TX 78758

Alli Mexican Cuisine is an authentic family-owned and operated restaurant that serves Authentic Mexican cuisine from their city of origin, Guanajuato, Mexico. Owners, Alma Rosa Espinoza and Linda Espinoza, take great pride in serving each plate with fresh ingredients and use recipes passed down from generations of their family. They also offer catering!

Casa Chapala

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9041 Research Blvd #100, Austin, TX 78758

Casa Chapala’s goal is to bring the festive atmosphere and fresh flavors of Chapala, Mexico, to the fun city of Austin! They offer authentic Mexican dishes like Conchita del Mar and Molcajete and make sure to prepare according to family recipes handed down through generations. Together with their extended family and staff, Casa Chapala strives to create a genuine traditional Mexican experience. They also offer over 200 tequilas and other agave distilled spirits such as Blancos, Reposados, Añejos, and knowledge to help you choose the perfect spirit to liven up your evening!

Chuy’s

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Multiple Locations

Although Chuy’s is known for Tex-Mex, its menu is made up of a combination of flavors from across New Mexico, Mexican border towns, the Rio Grande Valley, deep South Texas, Austin, and beyond! Their Green Chile sauce recipe was inspired from a little hole-in-the-wall in Española, New Mexico, and their fajita marinade is an old South Texas family recipe Chuy’s wants to bring fresh to the Tex-Mex style of cuisine. That commitment to food is still the core of everything Chuy’s does today!

Because Cinco De Mayo is on a Taco Tuesday, they are offering a Cinco De Mayo special! Even with the stay at home order in place, you can still bring the Chuy’s party to your inner circle! Check out their Top Five Guide to Cinco and create your own Cinco fun at home!

Cielito Lindo Mexican Cuisine

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1540 Cypress Creek Road #106, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Cielito Lindo Mexican Cuisine, a family-owned and operated Mexican restaurant, serves authentic Mexican food in a relaxed setting. Their menu is filled with traditional Mexican favorites like the Cochinita Pibil, enchiladas, and of course, tacos! No matter what you order, you’ll receive a fresh and tasty Mexican dish that will satisfy any appetite. They’re open every day for lunch and dinner, so check out their menu and taste what makes their restaurant great! You can also call to order fresh takeout!

Cisco’s Restaurant Bakery & Bar

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1511 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Cisco’s Restaurant Bakery & Bar is a Tex-Mex diner that has been around in Austin since the 1950s. Cisco’s has been such a popular diner that Austin mayors, US Representative Jake Pickle, and President Lyndon B. Johnson, have all come here. Fast forward to today, Cisco’s is a lovingly preserved business that will last for future generations. Cisco’s is such a popular Austin institution, it became a City of Austin Landmark last year! They’re known for their great Tex Mex, especially their amazing breakfast. Popular dishes include Migas, wolf omelet, breakfast tacos, picadillos, fajitas, and their out of this world biscuits and homemade tortillas!

DK Maria’s Legendary Tex-Mex

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1807 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78748

Drawing influence from South Texas border towns, DK Maria’s Legendary Tex-Mex brings fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors to the classic Tex-Mex dishes we all know and love. The fare is inspired by DK Maria, a strong woman with a rich heritage and a spicy life to bring guests legendary family recipes. DK Maria’s goals are to provide a comfortable and friendly dining experience. From the bold, colorful design to their amazing frozen margaritas, guests can expect to feel right at home!

Eldorado Cafe

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3300 W Anderson Ln #303, Austin, TX 78757

Eldorado Cafe serves hearty, Mexican-inspired comfort food. Their distinctive enchiladas, guisos, quesos, papas rellenas, dips, casseroles, and signature salsas, are just a few of the things that they hope keep you hungry for more! Eldorado Cafe is here for you to grab food to take home or have dinner delivered. They look forward to seeing their customers dine again at their beloved restaurant! Check out their website or Instagram page for Cinco De Mayo specials!

El Borrego de Oro

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3900 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

El Borrego de Oro is known for its lamb, and it comes to no surprise since the restaurant name literally translates to Lamb of Gold. Lamb is a tricky meat to master, especially with its natural gaminess that cuts through even the most-aromatic preparations. But El Borrego’s famous pulled and stewed birria taco dodges those taco pitfalls. The dish is grilled with tomatoes, onions, and peppers, and sprinkled with fresh cilantro. It’s a meal that earns the restaurant its name!

El Secreto de Abuela

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Multiple Locations

El Secreto de Abuela is an authentic Mexican restaurant in East Austin that serves good food with a ton of flavor. You might miss it when you first pass it, but once you taste their food, you won’t forget them! Their food is priced at a great price, and many Austinites love their food. They make homemade tortillas, agua frescas, barbacoa tacos, ceviche tostada, horchata, freshly squeezed orange juice, and more! They also have a mariachi band play on Sundays!

Enchiladas y Mas

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1911 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

Enchiladas y Mas was established in 1994 and is a family-owned business run by Robert and Mary Martinez, their son, Robert Jr., and Roe Hernandez and his daughters, Eva and Carmen. Their goal is to make everyone feel like part of their family. So they offer homestyle cooking, like their mother, Ol’ Maggie used to serve them. They try to make sure you don’t leave hungry so that you can come back and dine with them again and again. Come in and see why they say, “Never Trust a Skinny Cook!”

Flores Mexican Restaurant

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Multiple Locations

Flores Mexican Restaurant was founded in January 1993 by Jose Flores Sr. and his wife, Maggie. They decided to share their passion for cooking to everyone, and with the help of their kids, Gonzalo, Maria, and Jose, they opened their first restaurant in William Canon. They currently have four locations and are soon opening a new location in Hudson Bend! As a family, they believe that food is important and take pride in making everything fresh daily with high standards in the quality of their food. They are thankful for the support of their loyal customers for over 27 years!

Güero’s Taco Bar

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1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Güero’s Taco Bar is a vibrant part of South Austin, where the locals flock for hand-shaken margaritas made in an original way with fresh-squeezed lime juice. Just about any Mexican beer, you can name is served up icy cold. Their bar will remind you of the great old cantinas you have visited in Mexico. And if you’re looking for interior Mexican food with a hint of Tex-Mex, then you’re in the right spot! Güero’s has everything from handmade corn tortillas and Mole to authentic Tacos al Pastor! To celebrate Cinco De Mayo, order a drink with one of their delicious plates during happy hour for a discounted price!

Habanero Mexican Cafe

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501 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

Habanero Mexican Cafe has been in Austin for over 20 years! Owner, Arturo Ibarra, opened his own restaurant inspired by the restaurant that his father and his uncle owned, “Dos Hermanos.” They were extremely popular in Austin, and Ibarra loved hearing stories from old Austinites about his family’s restaurant. After a couple of decades in the business, his uncle and father decided to retire. They sold their restaurants, but Ibarra wanted to keep Habanero Mexican Cafe. So, Ibarra bought it from his family, renamed it, yet kept his family roots and amazing recipes intact. The rest is history! Habanero Mexican Cafe specializes in Fajitas cooked on mesquite, their enormous gorditas, and of course, their HABANERO salsa!

Joe’s Bakery and Coffee Shop

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2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

For over 75 years, Joe Avila’s family has been serving the Austin community at their beloved restaurant, Joe’s Bakery and Coffee Shop. Throughout the years, the Avila family has become a dynasty among East Austin businesses and has generated a loyal customer base. The Avila family business has employed generations of families since the beginning of Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop. The story of Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop is four generations in the making, and it shows the perseverance, commitment, and loyalty of one family! Joe’s is well known for their delicious Tex-Mex breakfast!

La Casita

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1519 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

La Casita is a quaint little Tex-Mex restaurant with a great environment and some outstanding food. Their small restaurant provides customers with an intimate dining experience that never strays short of quality and quantity. Because of this, locals and visitors keep coming back for more! Not only is their food on par, but their friendly staff and outstanding service make the restaurant stand out to others. Locals love their breakfast tacos and coffee, and their delicious soups. With the new stay at home orders, La Casita has added margaritas to go, which will come in handy this Cinco De Mayo!

La Cocina de Consuelo

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4516 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

La Cocina de Consuelo is an authentic Tex-Mex restaurant that serves food just as good as Abuela makes! Chances are if you don’t live in the surrounding neighborhood of La Cocina de Consuelo, you’ve probably driven by this gem and not realized it! Do yourself a favor by stopping and giving this restaurant a try! Their enchiladas and known to be just as good as eating enchiladas in Mexico. Even though Cinco De Mayo is on a Taco Tuesday, you should try their Wednesday mole special! Locals think it’s the best mole in town!

La Mancha Tex-Mex Tavern

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2203 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756

La Mancha Tex Mex Tavern is not your run of the mill Tex-Mex eatery, and they specialize in being a grade above the rest! From their food to their atmosphere, La Mancha Tex Mex Tavern takes everything a not above the rest. Austinites say their Verde Chicken Enchiladas are fantastic and then say their La Mancha bowls are the best and like nothing else, they have had. Their number one selling item from their menus is their beef fajitas. La Mancha knows why it’s a best-seller; because they have a unique way to marinade the steak that no one else does. Come give La Mancha Tex Mex Tavern a try!

Las Lomas Tex-Mex Cantina

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730 W Stassney Ln #130, Austin, TX 78745

Las Lomas Tex-Mex Cantina opened in 2008 as a family restaurant that focused on traditional Tex-Mex cuisine and still do to this day. Authentic family recipes make up most of their menu, and you can count on finding the best version of all your favorites when you sit down to order. Carne guisada, enchiladas, and fajitas, complement the wealth of other options they have along with a full bar that features the perfect addition to any Tex-Mex dish: a tasty margarita! Next time you find yourself in the neighborhood, join Las Lomas for a taste of what makes their homestyle Tex-Mex food so special!

Marcelino’s

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901 Tillery St, Austin, TX 78702

Marcelino’s has been proudly serving The East Side since 1987. Customers are always provided with an amazing experience, especially because their tacos come out hot and fresh, which is the perfect combination for your morning routine! You can see the cooks make your tacos in front of you, and they’re very helpful while also moving fast. It can get busy, but they move so quickly you’re in and out! Try their chicken and the brisket with pico de gallo. It has great spice and has a fresh taste because of the finely chopped cilantro on top. Marcelino’s has and will always be somewhere you can be with family while having one of the best damn tacos you’ll find in Austin!

Maria’s Taco Xpress

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2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Maria’s Taco Xpress is a must-visit eclectic and eccentric eatery. Their tacos are so good that Rachel Ray and Guy Fieri both have tasted their tacos as well as many other celebrities like Johnny Depp! Deemed “South Austin’s Taco Queen” by the Austin Chronicle, owner Maria Corbalan has been satisfying taco lovers all over Austin for the past 21 years. Featuring free live music, Maria’s Taco Xpress is a constant supporter of Austin’s artistic community and is always looking for ways to incorporate art and music within its funky and creative atmosphere!

Matt’s El Rancho

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2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Owners of Matt’s El Rancho, Matt, and Janie, opened Matt’s El Rancho in 1952 on East 1st Street in downtown Austin with no employees and seating for 40. Matt worked the front of the house, and Janie made everything from scratch in the kitchen. Today the South Lamar restaurant seats more than 500 people! Matt’s El Rancho still makes everything from scratch, and their in house tortilla factory grinds Non-GMO corn daily to make the freshest corn tortillas and chips you can find. Their famous Margaritas are made with fresh-squeezed lime juice, which is the perfect way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo!

Maudie’s Tex-Mex

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Multiple Locations

Maudie’s Tex-Mex has been serving up tried and true Tex-Mex for 25 years in Austin! With seven area locations, their goal is to bring the best of Tex-Mex to a neighborhood near you. Hand prepared dishes and fresh-squeezed juices daily, Maudie’s selects natural proteins and pasture-raised, local, farm-fresh eggs because they take healthy eating to heart alongside flavor and tradition. Maudie’s is a quintessential Tex-Mex for today’s Austin!

Papa Joe’s Tex-Mex

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917 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Papa Joe’s Tex-Mex Restaurant is a family-owned business that has been serving the city of Austin since 2014. Their mission is to provide the best Tex-Mex food experience by using high-quality meats, fresh garden vegetables, and tortillas. They are an East Austin gem that only serves no-nonsense tacos, burritos and other classic Mexican eats in an unpretentious setting. Everything you’ll eat here will be outstanding since it’s Tex-Mex at its best! They are known for their authentic Texas breakfast because of their famous beans!

Pelóns Tex-Mex

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802 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Nestled in the historic Red River live music district is Pelóns, one of the best Tex-Mex restaurants in Austin! Pelóns is famous for its homemade signature margaritas, queso, tacos, and authentic Southwestern Mexican food. The food is freshly prepared daily with bold and unique flavors that complement our premium cocktails. Their intimate dining room areas or and spacious outdoor patios that are dog friendly make it the perfect place to eat a delicious Tex-Mex dinner!

Unfortunately, Pelóns is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 closures. Hopefully, they’ll open back up soon!

Polvo’s

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Multiple Locations

Polvos serves great interior Mexican food and drinks to the heart of Austin! They are famous for their salsa bar, great authentic Mexican food, and tasty drinks. With two Austin locations, they are proud to serve you and your family and friends! Not only do they serve dinner, but they also serve breakfast and lunch! Their menu has a variety of appetizers, entrees, and beverages all created from fresh ingredients and served to you at both their downtown and south locations. Their margarita pints are a perfect fruity beverage to drink during Cinco De Mayo!

Ramos Tex-Mex Restaurant

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14611 N Mopac Expy #103, Austin, TX 78728

When the Austin community looks for hearty Tex-Mex flavor, they head to Ramos Tex-Mex! As a family-owned and family-oriented spot, they know how to serve up a fun and relaxing atmosphere alongside our sizzling fajitas. Sit back and unwind with family and friends for any meal of the day. Stop by and enjoy their famous pancakes, or join them after work for a chile relleno and a Mexican martini! No matter what your occasion calls for or your appetite demands, they promise to make your next visit a great one!

Texican Cafe

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Multiple Locations

The Texican Cafe, an Austin original, began serving hungry Austinites in South Austin in 1988. Then and now, their food philosophy remains the same use only the finest and freshest beef, poultry, seafood, and produce to ensure the delivery of pleasing their customers with the highest quality ingredients. Whether you’re enjoying their fresh homemade tortillas, their Award-Winning Cabrito, enchilada plates, or mouth-watering fajitas with their famous fresh margaritas, just know that the Texican Cafe family member works hard to serve you and the wonderful city of Austin we proudly call home!

Tex-Mex Joe’s

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7600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

Tex Mex Joe’s on North Lamar, an authentic Mexican restaurant in Austin, TX! Their goal is to provide their customers with a different experience compared to the typical Mexican restaurant. They make great homemade food, provide exceptional customer service, and a clean establishment. They offer dine-in, take out, breakfast, lunch, vegetarian options, drinks, and homemade desserts! Give Tex Mex Joe’s a try and experience the best quality Tex-Mex food you’ve ever had!

Tamale House East

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1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Tamale House East has been happily serving Austin since 1958 as an Eastside original! All of their food and drinks are made by hand, featuring Mom’s Migas and the Best Bloody Mary in town! Tamale House East specializes in affordable, fresh, handmade Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. They offer breakfast tacos, migas with queso, huevos rancheros, tamales, carne guisada, fajitas, fish tacos, and daily specials (like on Cinco De Mayo)! Tamale House East also hosts a series of pop up food events.

Trudy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant

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Trudy’s has been an Austin icon since 1977 and is known to be “the one that started it all.” They serve fresh, natural, local Tex-Mex fare with their own unique flare. You can come in early for breakfast upstairs, grab a beer or margarita on their patio, or catch the game on one of their 9 TVs inside and out downstairs. Their Star of Texas Mexican Martini was voted Best Margarita in Texas by a Texas Monthly readers’ poll for both 2013 and 2014! Enjoy fabulous food, happy hours, and award-winning cocktails for a special Cinco De Mayo celebration!

Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ

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11500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748

Barbecue meets tacos at this fusion trailer, where smoked brisket comes topped with guacamole and tomato-serrano salsa on a fresh hand-rolled flour tortilla, while sides include smoked corn, red potato salad, and queso! Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ is family owned and operated, and every family member plays a role in creating the menu and preparing the made from scratch foods! Valentina’s strongly encourages passion and love for family and friends, which makes it the perfect bbq/Tex-Mex joint to celebrate Cinco De Mayo!

Vazquez Taqueria

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Multiple Locations

Vazquez Mexican Restaurant has proudly served the Austin area for 20 years. They are a family-owned and operated restaurant, only offering the highest quality of food and service in a relaxing casual atmosphere! At Vazquez Mexican Restaurant, they celebrate their family’s heritage and traditional style of Mexican food. Their dedicated servers and cooks work together to ensure a wonderful and satisfying dining experience! Vazquez Mexican Restaurant looks forward to serving you, your family, and future generations. Although there have been restaurant modifications, rest assured that their food has never changed and will remain the same for years to come!

Vivo Austin

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6406 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78752

Vivo Modern Tex-Mex offers a dining getaway in North Austin. They are featuring a focus on Tex-Mex favorites as well as traditional dishes, beautiful tequilas, everyone’s favorite puffy tacos, and of course, Vivo’s tasty margaritas! They are open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner, and a special brunch menu on Sundays and Mondays. They offer a diverse menu and a carefully selected list of tequilas and mezcals. Join Vivo Modern Tex-Mex for happy hour featuring assorted appetizers and specials on our famous house margarita!

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