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Named after an Aztec legend in which the god of agave birthed hundreds of hares who suckled her 400 tequila-filled teats (Spring Break, woo!), 400's a lounge with a candelabra chandelier, cushy black leather booths, and a green velvet ceiling, attached to the new Slaughter Ln Drafthouse, which is not to be confused with the Warrant or Winger Ln Drafthouse.
Adjacent to Sullivan's Steakhouse, Sully's sports blonde wood and a marble bar, and serves up tacos and tequila made from recipes the chef learned from his grandmother growing up in Juarez.
From a group that's been helming SW'ern joints for 20+ years, this pine-floored firewatering hole serves a short list of grilled-to-order tortilla fillers and a long list of tequilas, either along an open kitchen counter, in booths, or at community tables and a concrete bar top lorded over by a rebar liquor cage, giving a worms-eye view of Anejo the Giant vs. the Ultimate Wabo-rior.
You'll try El Monumento for the experience - a dining pavilion, an open kitchen, an interior courtyard, and a terrace overlooking the Blue Hole lagoon are enough to draw anyone looking for a lunch spot with a view - but you'll come back for the home-style Mexican fare and delicious cocktails.
The owners of Takoba know what they're doing with Mexican food -- they grew up in a rural area in central Mexico before relocating to Austin. They're dedicated to fresh, local ingredients and the menu reflects this philosophy, offering a great selection of standard favorites like quesadillas and more authentic, lesser-known dishes like a traditional Mexican pork stew. Best of all may be the outdoor patio-cum-sandbox that's filled with multicolored lounge chairs.