20 Must-Try Latino-Owned Businesses in Austin
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National Heritage Month is upon us, once again—an annual reminder to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Hispanic, Latino, and Chicano Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of our country. And here in Austin, showing support couldn’t be easier—the city is home to Latino-owned businesses galore, offering everything from interior design to Frida Kahlo-style flower crowns to the best brisket taco in town. We’ve rounded up just a few of these spots that make Austin a more vibrant, delicious, and exciting place to live. Come show up for them over the next month, or better still, bookmark this and have at it all year-round.
Restaurants and Bars
This community-focused urban brewery and taproom was founded by high school besties Marco Rodriguez and brothers Patrick and Forrest Clark back in 2015, and has since become an Eastside beer institution. They brew all their beers with love, from mainstays like the citrusy Parks and Rec to seasonsals like the sweet Hazy Marco. Spicy Boys fried chicken is served on site, to boot.
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out via Toast, or track them down via their beer finder.
This recently reopened downtown food hall is managed by Richard Sandoval Hospitality, and naturally, chef Richard Sandoval is behind some of the concepts including Taco Pegaso Mexican street food and The Market, which serves awesome pizzas, wraps, salads, and sandwiches. Mark your calendars because the bar, DRINK, will be celebrating Hispanic heritage from October 5 through Dia de Los Muertos, with specialty cocktails and visual creations by acclaimed Mexico City-based artist Chepe.
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating.
East Cesar Chavez
Vegan Nom’s vegan tacos, burritos, and nachos are not only Austin’s best vegan Tex-Mex, but some of the best Tex-Mex in general. We dare any omnivore to turn down the flavor-packed Birdie Sanders (Buffalo “chicken,” pepper jack, onions, cabbage, crema, chipotle, and avocado) or the Taco Bell-inspired SuperFresco, a crispy “beef” taco wrapped in queso and a flour tortilla. Don’t forget to pick up a pack of Planet Queso on your way out—it’s vegan cheese that tastes exactly like it came from a cow—perfect for tricking your roommates.
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating, call 512-497-3147 for take-out, or order delivery via Postmates, Uber Eats, and Favor.
Cuantos Tacos has been selling out of their Mexico City-style street tacos and quesadillas nightly as more and more taco enthusiasts are turned onto the tiny Eastside taco truck. Corn tortillas made with nixtamal corn masa are filled with tender grilled meats like beef suadero beef or pork carnitas and finished with onion, cilantro, and their killer fresh salsa.
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating, call 512-903-3918 for take-out, or order delivery via Grubhub and Postmates.
Handmade empanadas, grilled steak and chicken, a pile of fries, and fresh chimichurri drizzled on everything—this is how we like to experience Buenos Aires’ Argentinian fare. And now they’re doing subscriptions, too. There are two to choose from: “De La Cocina” has meal kits for two to four with instructions on how to enjoy them, while “Argentine Wine Club” offers monthly curated bottles along with accompanying treats.
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating or sign up for the subscription service and order take-out and delivery online.
North University & Downtown
Vaquero Taquero is the spot to get ridiculously good breakfast and street tacos near campus. The crew here specializes in Tacos al Pastor, flame-seared pork carved right off the trompo, topped with roasted pineapple, cilantro, onion, salsa, and avocado crema, and plopped onto a handmade corn or flour tortilla. Perfection.
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out and delivery via Toast (North University, Downtown).
Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ’s expertly smoked brisket, sausage, pulled pork, and ribs are among the best in town. But they take it a step further by offering their crazy popular ‘cue by the pound, in a sandwich, or wrapped in a handmade tortilla and drizzled with fresh salsa. Try the Smoked Brisket Taco, mesquite-smoked chopped brisket topped with sea salt, lime, and guacamole in a fresh flour tortilla.
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out via Toast, or get delivery via Favor.
La Holly, part of the Taco Flats family, is an Eastside cantina with a spacious patio perfect for happy hour micheladas, margaritas, and tacos. The Pirata Taco is our pick of the litter, a blend of grilled jack cheese, refried black beans, beef fajita, grilled onion, and cilantro on a handmade tortilla.
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out via Toast.
From the outside, Nixta looks like a typical neighborhood taqueria. However, their next-level tacos reflect a chef who combines his culinary pedigree with inspiration from Mexico’s traditions. Must-tries include the Beet Tostada (roasted beets, salsa macha aioli, avocado crema, fresh horseradish, lime) and the Duck Carnitas Taco (duck confit, salsa cruda, watermelon radish, shaved white onions, cilantro). Each month, they also host a wine club full of tastings, education, and other boozy activities.
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out online, or get delivery via Favor.
Rainey Street & Lago Vista
Austinites flock to Four Brothers for their mouthwatering Venezuelan street food. Arepas, empanadas, patacones (fried plantains), and tequenos (fried cheese sticks) are just a few of the enticements here. Try the pork Four Brothers Arepa, where pulled pork, sweet plantains, avocado, black beans, tomato, cheddar cheese, avocado sauce, and garlic sauce arrive nestled inside a grilled cornmeal cake.
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out online, or get delivery via Grubhub.
Veracruz All Natural’s Migas Breakfast Taco is practically world-famous—even celebrities rave about the egg, crisp tortilla strips, Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro, tomato, onion, and avocado served in a fresh tortilla. All six Austin locations are owned and operated by sisters who hail from Veracruz, Mexico (hence the name, of course).
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out via ChowNow, get delivery via Favor and Grubhub, or purchase merch from their online store.
The academically themed School House Pub is a relaxed dine-in situation, with a wide and very affordable selection of beer, wine, and craft cocktails alongside gastropub fare. Check out the Montreal Fries tossed with slow braised beef, gravy, garlic, and cheese, paired with a refreshing Spring Break cocktail (light and dark rum, carrot, pineapple, coconut)
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out online, or get delivery via Favor and Grubhub.
Oh Boy! provides screen printing services to everyone from brands to local artists, but they also operate their own T-shirt shop stocked with very cool Austin-centric designs on soft, high-quality fabric.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping or order for home delivery online.
Casero is your go-to for Instagram-worthy charcuterie and cheese boards. Just choose your board from a selection of cured meats, cheese, veggies, and fruit beautifully arranged with flowers, nuts, jams, spreads, pickled goodies, and honeycomb. Send one as a present or just treat yo’self.
How to support: Order pick-up and delivery online.
Frida Kahlo-inspired flower crowns, monstera-shaped earrings, and Latin-centric handmade art—Las Ofrendas sports a large selection of cute items to both give and keep. Custom orders are available, too, if you don’t mind waiting a few months. Las Ofrendas’ owner also founded Frida Fridays, the (now online) marketplace representing WOC artists and artisans in Austin.
How to support: Order for home delivery via Etsy.
Vintage and design enthusiasts already know that Revival Vintage is an amazing resource for a curated (AKA no junk) selection of furniture, art, decor, housewares, and clothing. Whether you’re shopping for a midcentury modern coffee table or perfectly worn-in 80s tee, you’ll find it here.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping or order for home delivery online.
Just joined the zillions of Austinites in pandemic-era homeownership? Then consider Patrice Rios your right-hand woman. The award-winning Latina designer is behind the gorgeous new Colton House hotel, where she sprinkled boutique chic with Texas charm on all 80 suites and public spaces. Your new purchase can be just as hip as the darlings of South Congress, either with her hands-on help or simply a little inspo from her Instagram.
How to support: Learn more and schedule an appointment online.
Wanderlust Wine Co. offers over 50 different wines on tap, allowing guests to purchase a wide range of wines by the ounce or even go home with a 16-, 32-, or 64-ounce growler. Not only is this a genius idea, but selling directly from the barrel drastically reduces the carbon footprint and amount of waste. Pro tip: Swing by on Wine Wednesdays for 50% off wines on tap.
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating or book events and order take-out via Toast.
Mexic-Arte is Austin’s official museum for Mexican and Mexican-American fine art. They showcase modern and contemporary art from renowned as well as up and coming artists, including many local artists. Do yourself a favor and drop in—we all could use a little culture these days.
How to support: Stop by for a visit, purchase gifts online, and make a donation via PayPal.
Siete’s grain-free line of tortillas and chips have gone from homegrown to full-grown national empire. The family-run company offers a crazy range of grain-free tortillas that don’t at all resemble cardboard and tortilla chips made with alternative flours like chickpea, almond, cassava, coconut, and cashew.
How to support: Track down a vendor via their online store locator.