Austin has no shortage of Mexican restaurants. But Mexican restaurants that combine excellent food and cocktails with an excellent environment are a little rarer. From the front lawn to the backyard patio, there isn’t a spot in this joint that isn’t great for a date, birthday celebration, or a pre-bar-hopping meal. If you’re here between 4 and 6pm Tuesday through Friday, they also have a good happy hour with $5 cocktails and food.
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Sour Duck Market
Sour Duck Market is an all-day spot in East Austin that’s great for a group with a large patio and a menu of shareable dishes.
Tamale House East
Tamale House East on East 6th Street makes some of the breakfast tacos and migas in town.
Thai Thani is a food trailer tucked away behind a gas station on Manor Rd with a menu of classic Thai dishes.
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El Borrego de Oro
El Borrego De Oro serves a large menu of Mexican classics, like fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, and soups.
Machetes “Doña Leova”
Machetes Doña Leova on North Lamar does all sorts of things, including breakfast tacos, gorditas, huaraches, quesadillas, burritos, and machetes.
La Fruta Feliz
La Fruta Feliz is a Mexican restaurant on the East Side, near Airport and Manor, with great tacos, tortas, and juices.
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Kemuri Tatsu-ya is serving Japanese/barbecue/Tex-Mex fusion in East Austin, and it’s one of the greatest meals you can have in the city right now.
Justine’s in Govalle has a fun bar scene with attractive people and tasty French food.
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