Food & Drink

The 9 best Tex-Mex joints in Austin

Published On 11/26/2014 Published On 11/26/2014
Mike Cortez
Tamale House East
Mike Cortez
Curra's Grill
Mike Cortez
Taquerias Arandinas
Casa Maria
Yelp/Chiqui B.
Mike Cortez
Habanero Mexican Cafe
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1. Tamale House East 1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

If you have less than 10 dollars in your pocket but still want to pig out on tacos, Tamale House East is the place to go. The original location shuttered when owner Moses Vasquez died in 2014, but his granddaughters brought it back to life at this counter-serve location on East Sixth Street. The massive dog-friendly patio provides ample room to enjoy a few breakfast tacos and an agua fresca.

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2. El Taquito 1713 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741 (Oltorfeast Riverside)

Open late, El Taquito is ready to hook you up with enchiladas, queso flameado, or a big-as-your-head chile relleno tacos right after last call.

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3. Curra's Grill 614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Curra's Grill slings Mexican fare like burritos and ceviche across Travis Heights alonside the most sought-after tamales around. Avocado lovers can put down the tortilla chips shoveled into their guac and shift their attention to the mother of all margs, the avocado margarita, the art of which this place not only created, but perfected, as well. Although they take the cake as the most popular menu item, the impressive offering of specialty margs leave no tequila or mezcal to be desired.

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4. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop 2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

At its current East Side Austin location since 1969, this family-run Tex-Mex diner serves all-day breakfast and lunch plates like house-made tortillas, thick-cut bacon, breaded pork chops, and refried beans. Don't leave without stopping at the pastry counter for cookies, pan de huevo, and other Mexican baked goods.

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5. Casa Maria 4327 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78745

Casa Maria is a place an old school place on the south side of town. It’s hard to distinguish whether people go for the food or the bakery -- both are delicious and well worth coming for. After long nights, Casa Maria has the cure for you: menudo. The soup is greasy and delicious, just like it should be.

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6. Taco More 2015 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741

Taco More keeps it simple -- all of their tacos are delicious (especially al pastor), and the their consome de cabrito (goat soup) could knock out a cold and a hangover at the same time.

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7. Habanero Mexican Cafe 501 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

Habanero got its start in Oregon, but the Ibarra family later relocated to Austin, where they have been impressing the locals for 10+ years. Their "Zack Attack" is what keeps people coming back; the tortilla is practically the size of Texas, and it's stuffed with your choice of meat and beans, then coated in a ton of queso.



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