This family-owned stalwart has been a neighborhood darling for over two decades—ever since 2000, when Mexico City native Marisela Godinez first brought the flavors of her mother’s kitchen to Austin. The menu features an eye-catchingly wide range of regional specialties like Ceviche Acapulqueno, Chile en Nogada, and Chilorio del Norte (aka northern-style guajillo pork). And if that weren’t reason enough to drop everything and head on over, it’s all made from scratch and sourced locally whenever possible.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first-served seating and takeout.
When you think of classic South Austin neighborhood spots, El Mesón Tequilería is one of the first that comes to mind. For over 10 years, chef and co-owner Marisela Godinez has been serving up legendary duck carnitas and rich mole sauces which reflect the flavors of her hometown of Mexico City. The environment of El Mesón always feels as celebratory as the dishes—decorated with bright rows of papel picado, all you need is a salt-rimmed margarita to feel like you’ve jetted south. While COVID restrictions have, unfortunately, suspended their must-go-to Sunday Brunch Buffet, you can still pick their delicious cuisine curbside. We recommend the special, seasonal chile en nogada, a roasted chile poblano stuffed with picadillo, then cooked with fruits, almonds, and white wine, and, finally, topped with a nut and sherry-based sauce and accented with delicate pomegranate seeds.
How to order: You can call either 512-442-4441 or 512-442-4455 to order for pick-up.