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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