Tag Archives: Mexican

Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy

Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy on UrbanspoonI had never tried Abuelo’s in Austin, but have been to the one in Amarillo more times than I can count. So when I was in the area I thought why not give it a chance.

Well the food is the same here, which is a good thing, but not for the level of eating options *in* Austin.

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Zuzu Handmade Mexican

Zuzu Handmade Mexican Food on UrbanspoonI had not been to Zuzu in years, maybe 10 years, and I needed some lunch. So I stopped in to the Far West location.
I ordered Chicken Enchiladas, which didn’t turn out well. The chicken is hand pulled from the bone, and you would expect they would find bones if they took care…well I returned the dish after I found bones.
I asked for a Tostada to replace it so I could move on with life.

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Jardin Corona (Jollyville)

Jardin Corona (Jollyville) on UrbanspoonIt has been a while since I have been to Jardin Corona…maybe a year or so. The first time I went to Jardin Corona was when they opened their new location, in the early 90’s. I honestly can’t remember where they were, but I think it was where Ala Carrera was which is now MVP Sports Bar on 183 before Braker. Not sure, but I think. I remember when they moved to the current location as I had an office off of Pond Springs Road and we would eat close by.

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Carlos ‘n Charlie’s

Carlos 'n Charlie's on UrbanspoonYou can’t party your frog off at Lunch…well some of the folks that come here can. I have before, just not today.

Today sucked. Sucked hard. Tax day is tomorrow, which I am not ready for and I get a ticket on the access road. Really? When a Sargent gives you a ticket, you can bank on Austin Police Department to just be generating revenue.

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Maudie’s

Maudie's on UrbanspoonI was out for Lunch yesterday and we stopped at Maudie’s. The South Lamar location is nice(which is where we went), but I like the North Lamar location more. Either way, Maudie’s gets a bad rap, but I go there and eat what I know is good. The Sausage Migas Con Queso.

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Los Pinos Mexican

Los Pinos Mexican on UrbanspoonLos Pinos is always good foe breakfast tacos. In fact I think they are some of the best you can get mainly because the flat top griddle is seasoned well. The breakfast tacos are mixed when cooked also, not just made then spooned into a tortilla, so the sausage is mixed with the eggs when cooking. The potatoes are added on the grill too so the flavor is integrates with the taco, not just spooned on.

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Flores Mexican Restaurant

Flores Mexican on UrbanspoonI don’t come to Flores often because it is always packed. I guess that makes it good? Who knows.

It’s not bad, it is just not stellar. I get the nachos or the flautas and have not be displeased.

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Habanero Mexican Cafe

Habanero Mexican Cafe on UrbanspoonHabanero’s is only known by the true connoisseurs of Tacos in Austin. They claim to smoke their meats over Pecan Wood, even though that is not what really hits your at first. It is the mere fact that the food and meats are just so flavorful.

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Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy

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Amarillo, Texas

“Still Busy….still so so. ”
Doesn’t like it

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CLOSED – Pancho’s Mexican Buffet

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Austin, Texas

“Raise the flag, I gotta puke.”
Doesn’t like it

Do folks really go to this place? I went back in the late 80’s when there was a Pancho’s on Burnet. The place still sucks, with all the good Mexican choices in town, why go here? All you can eat…well if you like bad food and want lots of it.

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Chuy’s (North Austin)

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Austin, Texas

“Chuy’s and Elvis….just the way they rolls.”
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Los Pinos Mexican

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Lakeway, Texas

“Open 7 Days!”
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Finally went to this place tonight. I have heard mixed reviews, but lately only good. So I hit it.
Good, Good, Good! Beans were ‘clean’ and tasty, rice was good. The Chicken Tortilla Soup was awesome, as close to my own I have had.
It is a weird little joint, but they do serve breakfast every day, and on weekends until 2pm. Gonna have to hitch a ride up to it when I am on the lake all night! doh!

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Manuel’s

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Austin, Texas

“Great Patio, not much more…”
Doesn’t like it

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Maudie’s Cafe

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Austin, Texas

“Another location, still great Maudie’s!”
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Went for Josie’s Enchiladas last night…so damn good.
North location is small like the rest and in an odd old shopping center. It can be warm due to the setting sun later in the evening, but well worth it.
Same great food and service.
But, I would not necessarily visit this area of town late at night…it can be somewhat sketchy.

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Chuy’s (Round Rock)

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Round Rock, Texas

“The Round Rock Graceland!”
Likes it

Every location embraces Elvis and Hubcaps….crazy decor and good Tex-Mex.
If your just visiting Austin, or have lived here for year, you need to get back. Every time I go, I realize I should eat at Chuy’s more often.

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Chuy’s (Arboretum)

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Austin, Texas

“Another location, same good food.”
Likes it

Their Tex-Mex holds it’s own with any joint in town, but they do have a great late night selection of buzz killing entrees.
Chicken Enchiladas are always my selection, and don’t forget to get the Jalapeno Ranch for dipping the chips.

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Mesa Rosa

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Austin, Texas

“Best Taco Salad in town…”
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This is by far the best location of the Mesa Rosa restaurants. Some of the others don’t keep as close to the original menu.
Everything that I have had is great, but my favorite is the Taco Salad with ground beef. The side of queso that comes with it is just the icing on the cake for the Taco Salad, this in the huge homemade taco shell bowl and mounds of beef and cheese….and did I mention the queso?
Good stuff!

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Carlos N’ Charlie’s

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Austin, Texas

“…on the decline.”
Really likes it

The food continues to be on the decline. It is hard to screw up Beef Fajitas, but when half of it is un-chewable, I wonder if they are just not doing any quality checks on the food.

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Maudie’s Cafe

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Austin, Texas

“Cheese, Cheese, Thank GOD for the Cheese!”
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El Patio

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Austin, Texas

“Awesome…since 1952, yes 1952.”
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This place is always great. Just your good clean Tex-Mex the way it should be. Have a cold beer and enjoy a place that has been here longer than most everyone that will read this.

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La Margarita

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Round Rock, Texas

“Old location was good…”
Doesn’t like it

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El Rincon

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Pflugerville, Texas

“Excellent!”
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This place is great! It has been around for what seems ever now, but they really have good food. I call it Clean Mexican, since it is void of the heavy grease that many Tex-Mex places drown their food in. I always go with the Enchiladas, but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!

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Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy

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Amarillo, Texas

“Food and Waiter saved the night.”
Doesn’t like it

The hostess stand sucks, in a big way. We were told that it was a 10 min wait. 10 min later, they said it was a 15min wait, then after we waited a total of 25min, they said it was 10 more minutes. Total bullshit.Let me tell you there is a call-ahead list. So do that to get in front of the others…like us that waited.Finally at the table, the evening went perfectly. Joisah was awesome. All of the food was great. I had cheese and beef enchiladas with Queso on top. It was EXCELLENT.I would recommend it .I talked to the manager and explained the situation at the front, and let him know that our server was one of the best I had had any place.
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Closed: Serranos Arboretum

Serranos Arboretum on UrbanspoonSerranos Arboretum
Austin, Texas

“Is this place still in business? ”
Doesn’t like it

Man, as Mexican food goes this place just does not cut it.I know they are a local family, but seriously if their pockets are that deep, stop the hemorrhaging and get out of the mediocre Mexican food business

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Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

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Austin, Texas

“Chicken Fried Bacon”
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There is one thing that you need to stop into Joe’s for CHICKEN FRIED BACON. I am a bacon connoisseur and could not eat two full strips. This stuff is deadly, but there are not that many places in Texas you can get this. Always busy on weekends and the staff mostly speaks spanish.

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Enchiladas Y Mas

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Austin, Texas

“Chief Special is the Best”
Really likes it

How can you make Chulapas better? Cover them in fresh grated cheese and then pour some queso made from the same fresh grated cheese.Cheese, cheese, more cheese.I have not had anything on the menu that was not good. Excellent for Breakfast on the weekends – the Breakfast Tacos are huge

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Z’Tejas (Arboretum)

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Austin, Texas

“Z Friends?”
Doesn’t like it

Yeah, Tejas means Friend…whatever.The place is ok, but not steller. Breakfast/Brunch is good, but they don’t have just a good ol’ American style breakfast.Drinks are good.Oh, the Avery location is very pretentious. For no reason…and the menu is smaller…and the liquor selection is not a large (except of the tequila)

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Iron Cactus North

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Austin, Texas

“dont piss off Jonathan”
Doesn’t like it

Apparently after 2 years visiting the place for lunch, drinks, dinner and more drinks…EVERY DAY, the bartender has a bad day, gets pissed at you and once he becomes the manager his bans you from the restaurant. The Owners are great guys, too bad they have a$$holes like this working for them.

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CLOSED: A la Carrera

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Austin, Texas

Good lunch place
Doesn’t like it

I have been to this place hundreds of times.I used to go there for lunch back in the early 90’s before it moved to this location. It is still good standard Mexican fare. Closed on Monday.

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