Austin's Top Mexican Food Restaurants 2014
The team at Cain Realty Group with Keller Williams Realty has compiled a list of what we feel are the top Mexican Restaurants in Austin, Texas. We've included places that will fit everyone's budget, ranging from upscale dining to fast food. Whether you are a true born and bred local Austinite, a recent transplant new to the area, or perhaps just in town for a few days, we have you covered on where to go for the best tacos and margaritas in town!
Fonda San Miguel- This upscale restaurant features authentic interior Mexican cuisine. Once you arrive to this North Austin eatery, you feel as if you have been transported to Central Mexico. The ambience is fantastic, as is the service. The restaurant used many ingredients from its own organic garden. Cain Realty Group CEO Ricky Cain recommends the Enchiladas Suizas. Fonda San Miguel serves dinner Mondays through Saturdays, and is open for brunch hours on Sunday.
Maudie's Tex-Mex- Maudie's has 6 locations across Austin and has been in business with the current owner's for over 20 years. The team at Cain Realty Group loves the fresh-squeezed margaritas, the grilled chipotle shrimp fajitas, and Cain Realty Group Showing Specialist Hannah Naylor loves the Power Bowl. Maudie's also offers a gluten free menu.
Matt's El Rancho - Matt's El Rancho is a spacious eatery located on South Lamar just South of W. Oltorf St. Their large patio is perfect for sipping rita's when the weather is gorgeous. Matt's has been serving Austin since 1952, and has been family owned and operated for over 50 years. From the gorgeous crafted wooden front doors to the peaceful water feature, the ambience is relaxed and you may feel transported to Mexico. On busy nights you can even find performing Mariachi's throughout the establishment. The drinks are strong, the chips are enormous, and this is a great option if you have a large party as they are able to accommodate big groups.
Chuy's - The atmosphere at Chuy's is like no other. This Tex-Mex eatery embraces all that is Austin. Though this chain has grown to be worldwide, it originally started in Austin in 1982 on Barton Springs Road. Several location are now scattered across the city and surrounding areas. The decor of Chuy's is filled with hubcaps, velvet paintings, and lots of color. Each location is decorated differently, but they all encompass the same eclectic vibe. There are a variety of salsa and sauces to try with your chips. The creamy jalapeño is a popular choice among patrons.
Hula Hut - If you are tired of the same old Tex-Mex, Hula Hut may have just the fresh spin you need. This restaurant located on Lake Austin Blvd features cuisine with a Polynesian twist, aptly nicknamed "Tiki-Mex." Options include dishes like Coconut Shrimp, Big Island Burgers, Tubular Tacos and Pu Pu Platters. Enjoy a mango margarita with chips and salsa under the grass-thatched bar out back with the beautiful views of Lake Austin.
Curra's Grill - This wonderful hole-in-the-wall restaurant is located in a small building on Oltorf near South Congress Ave. Do not let the fact that it's right next door to a gas station scare you away from the delicious eats inside. Curra's Grill offers interior Mexican cuisine at reasonable prices with a casual atmosphere, and frequented mostly by locals. However, you may be lucky enough to spot an under-cover celebrity noshing on Carnitas or Veggie Chorizo. There could be a wait during peak hours, as the joint is on the small side. If that's the case, just grab an avocado margarita at the bar and relax on one of the benches out front. Cain Realty Group Administrative Manager Maranda Creamer recommends the Cancun tacos. Other team favorites include the Caldo Tlaldpeno, breakfast tacos (not on the menu but you can ask for them) and of course, the tamales. Don't miss out on the refried black beans, and we always recommend you add the bananas to your rice order. For dessert, the chipotle brownie is a sweet treat.
Torchy's Tacos - Torchy's Tacos originally open as a food trailer at South First and Bouldin Creek. Over the years it has grown into brick and mortar locations across the state. With fresh ingredients and creative combinations, Torchy's has led the way for the Gourmet Food Truck movement in Austin. Each location also features a new taco of the month. This serves as a great way for the company to test-run new creations, and the most popular items can receive permanent menu status. The breakfast tacos are some of the best in the city. Cain Realty Group favorite tacos include the Green Chile Pork, Mr. Pink (Ahi tuna taco), Mr. Orange (smoked salmon taco), and the Crossroads (smoked beef brisket taco). If you want to get really crazy, then try the Lil' Nookies for dessert. These chocolate chip cookies are deep fried, dusted with powdered sugar and topped with cherries. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it. Torchy's is a great place to bring families for a quick bite. The atmosphere is extremely casual as you order at the counter and seat yourself where you can find a free table. There is also an online ordering option that you can choose to pick up in store and skip the line.
Tacos and Tequila - This downtown restaurant, fondly known as TNT, features approximately 100 premium tequilas. Tacos and Tequila makes authentic margaritas from organic agave nectar and fresh squeezed juices of lemons, limes and oranges. Brunch is a great way to experience many of the dishes offered at TNT for one flat price. Happy Hour prices are also fantastic with $4 house drinks and $1.50 street tacos (at time of publishing). Unlike many downtown eateries, TNT offers free parking in an adjacent parking garage with entrances on both West 5th Street and Pressler. This is also a favorite spot for our Cain Realty Group First Friday Client Appreciation Happy Hour events. Don't miss our next Happy Hour at TNT on Friday, March 7th from 5 - 7 pm. Find out more information about our Cain Realty Group Client Appreciation events.