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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Thai Thani is a food trailer tucked away behind a gas station on Manor Rd with a menu of classic Thai dishes.
Yuyo is a great spot on Manor to eat Peruvian cebiche and drink some pisco sours on their large patio.
Abo Youssef is a food truck making excellent Mediterranean food out of a gas station parking lot off Manor Road.
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In addition to actually good Mexican food, Licha’s on East Sixth has a great patio and solid drinks.
Carnitas El Guero
Carnitas El Guero, inside the Stassney Foodmart/Texaco on Stassney in South Austin, serves excellent carnitas tacos.
Julio’s is a low-key Mexican spot in Hyde Park that serves great roast chicken and margaritas.
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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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