When you want to eat some good Tex-Mex without any chance of randomly running into that person you keep half-trying to make dinner plans with, head to Julio’s in Hyde Park. This cash-only spot is a neighborhood staple and you’re more likely to see a few UT students or families here than someone you matched with on an app. Order some tacos or the roast chicken, have a margarita, and start thinking of a good excuse to put off meeting up with that person for another week.
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Tex-Mex isn’t just a way of eating. It’s a way of life. Here is your beginner’s guide to the best Tex-Mex restaurants in Austin.
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Vino Vino is, unsurprisingly, great for a glass of wine, especially since the Hyde Park spot is never too crowded and has a casual, comfortable feel.
Home Slice Pizza North Loop
Home Slice’s newer location in the North Loop has the same menu of great pizza as the others, but also an outdoor kids play area.
Asti is a casual Italian restaurant in Hyde Park with a long wine list and a great patio.
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The Mexican food truck Paprika ATX in the Highland neighborhood serves great tacos and tortas.
Taqueria Mi Trailita
In a gas station parking lot in Windsor Park, the trailer Taqueria Mi Trailita serves consistently outstanding tacos, especially breakfast tacos.
Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop
The family-run Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop is an East Side staple serving Tex-Mex/Mexican diner food that’s been around since 1962.
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Suerte is an upscale Mexican spot on East Sixth that makes their own masa and is one of the most exciting spots in Austin.
Matt’s el Rancho
Matt’s El Rancho, home to the famous Bob Armstrong queso dip, is as classic Tex-Mex as it gets.
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