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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Micklethwait Craft Meats
Micklethwait is a BBQ trailer in East Austin. It’s not a classic yet, but these guys know what they’re doing.
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ADP’s sandwiches, hush puppies, and tacos are great. But they’re even better over a beer at The Wheel next door.
The tacos coming out of Tacos Guerreros, a tiny, orange, one-woman trailer on the East Side, are spectacular.
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El Alma Cafe y Cantina
El Alma is a Tex-Mex spot with an excellent patio and some of our favorite queso in town.
Granny’s Tacos serves excellent tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and more out of a food trailer in East Austin.
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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