Austin has no shortage of Mexican restaurants. But Mexican restaurants that combine excellent food and cocktails with an excellent environment are a little rarer. From the front lawn to the backyard patio, there isn’t a spot in this joint that isn’t great for a date, birthday celebration, or a pre-bar-hopping meal. If you’re here between 4 and 6pm Tuesday through Friday, they also have a good happy hour with $5 cocktails and food.
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Salt & Time
Salt + Time is a butcher shop and restaurant hybrid on the East Side - and they do both exceptionally well.
Lula Mae’s Catering & BBQ
Lula Mae’s Catering & BBQ serves really great barbecue on the East Side of Austin.
Gourmands Neighborhood Pub
Gourmand’s is one of our favorite lunch spots in East Austin. Post up at the bar and work your way through the huge sandwich menu.
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Jamie’s Barbecue & Mini Tacos
Jamie’s Barbecue And Mini Tacos is a trailer in a dusty lot in South Austin, and as the name implies, they do in fact make mini tacos and barbecue.
Machetes “Doña Leova”
Machetes Doña Leova on North Lamar does all sorts of things, including breakfast tacos, gorditas, huaraches, quesadillas, burritos, and machetes.
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Kemuri Tatsu-ya is serving Japanese/barbecue/Tex-Mex fusion in East Austin, and it’s one of the greatest meals you can have in the city right now.
Justine’s in Govalle has a fun bar scene with attractive people and tasty French food.
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