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Serving chef-prepared cuisine inspired by the La Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City, La Condesa offers upscale street food and tweaked home-style dishes in an energetic, airy atmosphere designed by acclaimed architect Michael Hsu. The menu contains street favorites like tacos and elotes, whole corn cobs served on a stick with cotija cheese and chili powder, as well as composed dishes like a Sunday Chicken with potato gratin and a butternut squash-stuffed chile relleno. La Condesa focuses on using local ingredients whenever possible for the best flavor. At the bar, award-winning cocktails are mixed, and a selection of over 80 tequilas is available.
All restaurants could do with a famous patron, but the owners of Güero's Taco Bar proudly have a whole heap to choose from. The restaurant has a couple of dining rooms, one of which is built around the kitchen, giving it a very homely feel, and the outdoor bar is especially popular anytime the weather is nice (which is often). Check out the fish taco and the queso flameado, or the breakfast tacos. Don't forget to chug down the famous margaritas made with fresh lime juice or have a shot of first-class tequila.
Authentic, healthy-tasting Mexican food coupled with a laid-back atmosphere make Curra's Grill a great South Austin institution for any meal of the day. Its unique sauces and dishes are homemade and nicely run the spectrum from mild to spicy. Live music is featured on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as Sunday afternoon. The crowd is usually festive and lively. Try the cochinita pibil, the foremost traditional dish of Yucatan, which features shredded pork served on a banana leaf with plantains. There are many fresh seafood offerings, including Camarones Chihuahua, shrimp sautéed with goat cheese and guajillo peppers.
This very popular South Austin restaurant has been serving Tex-Mex food since 1952. Matt's El Rancho is a family-owned business that boasts of its delicious food and attentive service. You will discover all of the familiar favorites, including enchiladas, tamales, fajitas, and a satisfying queso dip as a starter, all at mid-range prices. You will also find slightly more imaginative dishes, such as the Garlic Grilled Shrimp.
Step inside this hacienda-style restaurant and find yourself whisked south of the border by the Mexican interior, where fine food is served in a charming colonial atmosphere. Chef Roberto Sabatinez has added his own creative dishes to the menu of old favorites, including a wonderfully imaginative chile relleno that employs an ancho chile rather than the usual poblano. Traditional dishes are well prepared and the desserts go beyond the flan usually offered at many Mexican restaurants. Brunch is not to be missed; especially for those who love the Mexican custom of making the late morning meal a long, leisurely affair.