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maria721 Mar 2, 2009 01:21 PM

I'm from the northeast originally but recently moved to Austin. I love Mexican food but am told repeatedly that I am not getting Mexican food in Austin on par with the offerings in Houston. Well, it just so happens that I will be driving through Houston on a few weeks and want to stop for lunch to sample some of this fine Mexican food I have heard so much about. Can someone recommend a good Mexican lunch spot? Thanks!

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    Jaymes Mar 3, 2009 02:43 PM

    For truly Mexican food, try Ostioneria Mar Azul on Belfort. But be warned - it definitely ain't TexMex.

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      danhole Mar 4, 2009 07:40 AM

      Along those lines, Picos' is not Tex-Mex (well, they have a few Tex mex but only about 5 or 6) and neither is Hugo's.

    2. danhole Mar 3, 2009 05:32 AM

      Where have you been in Austin that they have told you is not Mexican food? It depends on what you are looking for, Tex-Mex or real Mexican food. Do you have any preference? What are your favorite dishes to order at a mexican restaurant? These questions will help narrow the search down, because there are so many!

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        RDUtom Mar 2, 2009 03:59 PM

        100% Taquito on the SW freeway is the best.

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          maryanntex Mar 2, 2009 03:57 PM

          What part of town will you be in? Red Onion (Central American more than Mexican) on 290 is great. Teotihuacan is on Airline not far from I-10 and very authentic. They have a great deal on lunch. Pico's is my favorite, but might be a little out of your way coming from Austin. Hugo's is good, but much more upscale than the others.

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            jscarbor Mar 2, 2009 02:45 PM

            El Tiempo, Teotujuacan(no idea if this is correct spelling), Lopez, etc. Otilla's, Picos, Gorditas Aquascaliente for more mex. Hugos for better than fonda San Miguel higer end mexican.
            That being said, Austin has some really good Mex.

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              abeking3 Mar 2, 2009 01:24 PM

              If you're looking for authentic Mexican food, try La Mexicana on Montrose and Fairview. I have been going there for about 15 years and it is never disappointing. http://www.lamexicanarestaurant.com/

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