El Chile is one of the restaurants that we always use as a fallback for when we can’t think of anywhere else to go, and then just end up giving in and eating here instead. They have a big patio, serve great cocktails, and all of the food - from tacos to the chicken mole - are consistently good. Eating here isn’t going to blow your mind, but you’ll definitely be back the next time your friends ask where you want to grab dinner after work, and you don’t feel like putting much effort into the decision.
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Abo Youssef is a food truck making excellent Mediterranean food out of a gas station parking lot off Manor Road.
Batch PM is a food trailer on the patio of Batch Kolaches serving up a variety of bratwurst and Belgian fries.
If you want some excellent homemade pasta, but don’t feel like spending a fortune, go to Patrizi’s on Manor.
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Fonda San Miguel
If you’re looking for an awesome dining experience that’s not outwardly trendy, and you don’t mind dropping money for it, Fonda San Miguel is the place.
Granny’s Tacos serves excellent tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and more out of a food trailer in East Austin.
Eldorado Cafe is a casual Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant in North Shoal Creek from the longtime chef of Tacodeli.
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Take a big group to La Condesa for a colorful space, light-ish Mexican food, and great margaritas.
The Peached Tortilla
The Peached Tortilla on North Burnet serves everything from tacos to burgers to pork buns, and has one of the best Happy Hours in North Austin.
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