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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Lula Mae’s Catering & BBQ
Lula Mae’s Catering & BBQ serves really great barbecue on the East Side of Austin.
Suerte is an upscale Mexican spot on East Sixth that makes their own masa and is one of the most exciting spots in Austin.
Located in the East Side Food Park, Kerlin BBQ serves all the greatest hits, but it’s their barbecue kolaches that set it apart.
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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.
Pueblo Viejo is a taco trailer down south at Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden, with great breakfast tacos.
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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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