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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The all-day spot Kinda Tropical is part cafe and part bar, with good coffee, cocktails, and a menu that’s well, kind-of-tropical.
Quickie Pickie on East 11th is part fancy convenience store and part all-day cafe, meaning they’ve got you covered with just about anything you need.
Buenos Aires Cafe, Este
Buenos Aires is a low-key Argentinian spot in East Austin with excellent empanadas. Use it for a casual weeknight dinner.
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ATX Cocina downtown has one of the longest tequila and mezcal lists in the city and serves some great Mexican food.
Granny’s Tacos serves excellent tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and more out of a food trailer in East Austin.
Take a big group to La Condesa for a colorful space, light-ish Mexican food, and great margaritas.
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In addition to actually good Mexican food, Licha’s on East Sixth has a great patio and solid drinks.
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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