Great Tex/Mex in Austin?
I am heading to Austin next week and LOVE Mexican food. I'm a Yankee, so I dont get south very often. Where can I have some wonderful cuisine? I'm staying downtown so that is preferable, though I am willing to hop a bus...I'd like to keep the entrees under $20...
You need to decide if you want Tex-Mex or interior Mexican. If you want the latter you can walk to Manuel's right on Congress. Everyone seems to have a different opinion on the best Tex-Mex in town and there is all the info you would ever want on this board. Can't think of any really good Tex-Mex right downtown.
If you want to walk somewhere downtown, I'd go with El Chile Cafe, it's a few blocks from the capital on Congress.
Although I like some of the things at Manuel's, it is not Tex-Mex. It is pricey. If you want Tex-Mex, spend a few bucks on a cab and head out 6th to Dario's for enchiladas or 7th to Angie's for (my vote) the carnitas tacos. I have not been wowed by El Chile, but I have only tried it twice. If you are downtown and want a greasy Tex-Mex enchilada, go to the Capital Cafeteia for lunch. Also downtown, truly in the Tex-Mex idiom, Jaime's on Red River.
I agree 100%...the tortillas are a major part of why I mentioned Angie's. I am not wild about the rest of their menu. Was it my imagination or did El Chile down on Congress start off as an El Chillito?
I loved Angie's when it was in the original location. Now that it moved, it's just not the same. It's like a mess hall at a small college or something. It was freezing when i went in there and the fans were on full blast. The service was terrible. The waitress couldn't seem to remember that I had asked for a straw about 3 different times. My kids and I started laughing about it after a while.
I'm going to need more than good tortillas to call Angie's "good" Tex-Mex. Dario's is good, El Azteca is good, Jaime's is pretty good and I know folks either love or hate Maudie's but I like it.