A standby for casual-but-vibey Mexican food on the East Side, Takoba is best utilized during happy hour (especially out on their big patio), but it’s also a good place for a low-key date night. The Mexican menu is fairly shareable, and throwing back a margarita (or two) will get the conversation juices flowing.
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Pitchfork Pretty in East Austin is serving some of the best bagels in town at brunch, and also has a reliable Southern menu for dinner.
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.
Vic & Al’s
Vic & Al’s is the new Cajun restaurant from the people that brought you the ever-popular Italian food trailer, Patrizi’s.
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Veracruz All Natural
Veracruz in East Austin makes the hands-down the greatest migas taco we’ve ever tasted. You won’t be mad at the quesadillas, either.
The tacos coming out of Tacos Guerreros, a tiny, orange, one-woman trailer on the East Side, are spectacular.
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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Fonda San Miguel
If you’re looking for an awesome dining experience that’s not outwardly trendy, and you don’t mind dropping money for it, Fonda San Miguel is the place.
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