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Good Eats within 15 min from Airport

Any recommendations? Don't want to drive too far.

Any good eats for lunch and dinner would be appreciated. Pls suggest place and what dishes you would recommend.

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  1. There's a Chuy's about 5 minutes from the airport that has great margaritas, which pair well with the "Mighty Maintenance Man Enchiladas." It also has the distinction of being the place where the Bush twins were busted drinking under-age.

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    1. I've just tuned into this board, but from what I've learned in the last week, as soon as we get off the plane next month, we're making a bee line for Rositas Tacos al Pastor, acclaimed by locals and just down E. Riverside Dr. from the airport.

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      1. re: Passadumkeg

        Don't miss El Meson on Burleson just south of 71 east of I35 if you're in the mood for tinga chicken or cochinita pibil. He makes some of the best tortillas.

      2. "Good eats" within 15 minutes of the airport covers a lot of territory, including the east and southeast sides as well as parts of downtown and south Austin, depending on the traffic. You could even make it to Lockhart.

        Can you give us more specifics about what kind of food you are hoping to find? Do you care about "ambience"? How do you feel about take-out counters and taco trucks? In the meantime, these threads will get you started:

        MUST EATS?
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/463852

        Austin-Little Thailand
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/90388

        Restaurants on the South-East Side
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/397909

        Personally, I would recommend that you skip Chuy's completely. I think their chow is incredibly mediocre.

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        1. re: MPH

          Wow, I have been to Chuys and did not realize it was 5 minutes from airport. In that case, to narrow things donw, anywhere near south austin.

          El Meson - i will definitely try since I drive by it each time I am in austin. Not looking for something expensive. Just anything that is tasty so I do not always have to eat at the hotel (Airport Hilton or Omni).

          for example, next time when i get off the plane, i will definitely try Amy's ice cream at the airport. And takeout from county line (I think).

          There also is a sandwich place that starts with S that I have seen mentioned on the board a few times. Sometimes, I wonder off to Barton Creek for Rudy's.

          Any other new suggestions would be welcomed. Thanks.

          1. re: caitlink

            Chuy's is NOT five minutes from the airport! maybe by plane... (-:

            1. re: danoc

              I ended up going to Curra's Grill. Next time I am in town, I will try El Meson, Catfish Parlour, Java Noodle and something I cannot get at home - the Melting Pot.

              1. re: caitlink

                If you head towards Bastrop there is also Oaxacan Tamaleo. You must have Pozole and a Tamale.

                1. re: El General

                  I read about Oaxacan Tamaleo in the local paper. I was gonna give it a try. Now i think I definitely will. Thanks.

                  1. re: caitlink

                    Oaxacan tamaleo is a good bet.

                    I was sad when they moved out of the location off Anderson lane - but I can understand the move.. the space was teeny tiny and attached to convenience store....

                    Highly recommended

                2. re: caitlink

                  While your mileage may vary, I would suggest against the melting pot. The quality of the food just doesn't justify the price. Granted, I have been to the Melting Pot on 183 and not the one downtown, but my guess is that as a chain, they are fairly consistent. If that is the case, that doesn't bode well for them. Then again, I could be wrong.