Where is the best Mexican food in Austin?

Asked by Trulia Austin, Austin, TX Sun Jun 2, 2013

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Roxanne Kahn, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Aug 28, 2013
Personally, my favorite Mexican food in Austin are the following: Polvos (two locations), Chuys (more tex-mex - I recommend the New Mexican Martini), and Matt's El Rancho. These are mostly tex-mex but they are popular for a reason!
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mark alexand…, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Jul 24, 2013
Try Polvos. I have yet to find really good Mexican. There is plenty of TEX MEX to go around though.
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Steven Van O…, Agent, Austin, TX
Thu Aug 8, 2013
This is a tough question. Having lived in Mexico and in the Southwest i've yet to find a real liking to "Tex-Mex". I've lived here 5 years now and still trying to like queso, lol. Some of my favorites though are La Condesa for true Mexican food. Taco Deli for really good unique tacos. Taco More for cheap, quick and amazing real mexican food, though they do serve queso.
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Cynthia Bell, Agent, Cedar Park, TX
Mon Jul 22, 2013
Fonda San Miguel is my favorite, but it is pricy. On the southside I like Matt's or El Meson. Northside (Cedar Park/Round Rock) I like Chuys and/or Dos Salsas.

In Austin, Mexican food and BBQ are hard to nail down "the best". Everyone has their favorite and in the end they are all pretty good.
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Jordan Gouger, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Jul 3, 2013
As other people have mentioned, Fonda San Miguel has some great food and ambiance, but they are pricey. Casa Chapala is very good too and their prices are more reasonable.
They have a more traditional interior Mexican cuisine rather than "tex-mex", and have a downtown location and north location. I really like their avocado margarita and their queso fundido.

Jordan Gouger
Keller Williams Realty Southwest Market Center
1801 S. Mopac Expressway Suite #100
512-448-4111 (office)
512-693-9297 (mobile)
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Rod, , Austin, TX
Wed Jun 5, 2013
I've found that people have widely varying opinions about Mexican food, so what one person likes, another may not. The little places that have popped up all over town, La Tapatia, are a very good value with copious proportions, even with meat. Chuy's is excellent, with a nicer environment than La Tapatia but more expensive. Best view/best place for a group: Iguana Grill in Lakeway (overlooking Lake Travis). There are a number of nicer places: La Fonda San Miguel, Manuel's, Iron Cactus, but you are paying for service and ambiance as much as the food. There are also single neighborhoods Mexican restaurants all over town, as well as a lot of restaurants that serve TexMex dishes. I think you can go for years without going to any place twice!
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Susie Kay, Agent, Dallas, TX
Tue Jun 4, 2013
I've tried some good ones but forgotten the names. I would check out yelp.

Susie Kay, Realtor®
United Real Estate
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Dallas, TX 78240

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Unspecified, Renter, Bryan, TX
Tue Jun 4, 2013
The best I have had there in Austin is a little place called Serranos Café & Cantina
1111 Red River Street
Austin, TX
It is really great!!
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Betina Forem…, Agent, Austin, TX
Tue Jun 4, 2013
My first choice is Fonda San Miguel, hands down #1.
La Condesa is probably number #2 (but they are kinda pricy and parking is a NIGHTMARE!!)
and Maudie's & Chuy's are tied for #3. But honestly I go to Chuy's and Maudies most often.
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Stephen McCl…, Agent, Georgetown, TX
Mon Jun 3, 2013
Here's my vote:

1. Interior Cuisine: Fonda San Miguel's or Manuel's

2. Tex- Mex: La Tapatia or Matt's El Rancho BUT never count out Chuy's.

Stephen B. McClain, Broker Owner
Cornerstone New Home Solutions
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Mon Jun 3, 2013
I love to use http://www.TripAdviser.com and Yelp.com when looking for honest reviews.

Christopher Pagli
Accredited Buyer Representative
Licensed Associate Broker
William Raveis Legends Realty Group
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Cindy Crawfo…, Agent, Round Rock, TX
Mon Jun 3, 2013
I agree with Ron, but would like to add another - different kind of Mexican food in Austin...Hula Hut, Mexican Hawaiian fusion...it's awesome!

Cindy Crawford, Realtor
Keller Williams/Cindy Crawford Homes
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Ronald Culli…, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Jun 2, 2013
There are many varieties in Mexican cuisine, so your question is relative (as are all the questions asked by Trulia.) If you want interior Mexican then go to Fonda San Migue or Manuel'sl. If you want classic Tex-Mex, then there are dozens of excellent restaurants serving that, Chuy's, Tres Amigos, Matt's El Rancho, Iron Cactus ... and the list goes on and on. BTW, this is good news, because Mexican cuisine is one of my two favorites.

Ron Cullinan
Avalar Austin
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