Mexican | San Antonio | Texas29 Jul 2004 08:26 pm

Authentic, authentic, authentic Mexican food served in a cheerful atmosphere – the bright colors lift the spirits, and you too can lift a few, since they serve great margaritas (ask for one of the better Tequilas recommended by the bartender).

And why not try some guacamole? The quest for the best continues. Theirs stands up to Rick Bayless’ stuff at Frontera and the Mambo Grill’s stuff as well (both in Chicago) – and even to the good deal Chipotle chain stuff. But the atmosphere is what this place is all about; friendly and cheerful beyond compare.

My chicken enchiladas with mole were the best I’ve ever had – the mole sauce delicate and not overpowering – and the tortilla wrapping was so well prepared that it melted in your mouth. Choosing all refried beans and no rice may not always be a good idea, but the beans were tasty and fatty and worth the calories – my attempt to reduce some carbs.

Wines by the glass are underwhelming, so stick with a beer or margarita.

This place is also a bakery, and open 24 hours! Housed in the historic market square, with La Margarita restaurant next door, I suggest this place though it is not located on the touristry San Antonio Riverwalk – let’s support the one of a kind places (though this place really doesn’t need any more press).

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218 Produce Row – at Commerce and San Saba
(210) 225-1262

www.mitierracafe.com

Austin | Mexican | Texas29 Oct 2003 06:26 pm

Chuy’s has great margaritas, fresh and hot chips, delicious salsas, and super food. Try the Southwest Enchiladas or the Chiles Rellenos.
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1728 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704-1037
(512) 474-4452

Driving Directions:

From downtown – Take Lamar south until you hit Barton Springs Road. Make a right and you’ll see them a few blocks down on the right; look for the laundry hanging on a line.

From MoPac – Take the Bee Cave/2244 exit and head east (toward Zilker Park) on Barton Springs Road. Drive through Zilker Park, and after the stoplight at Robert E. Lee, you’ll see them on the left.

From IH-35 – Take the Riverside exit and drive west (towards downtown) until you hit Barton Springs Road, make a left and drive past Lamar Blvd. (toward Zilker Park). You’ll see them a few blocks down on the right.

Austin | Mexican | Texas29 Oct 2003 06:07 pm

Shady Grove has delicious Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie. After a piece of this, have some of their veggie chili, or a Country Fried Chicken Salad. Add a glass of iced tea, or a margarita, and you’re all set. Yum!

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1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin TX 78704
(512) 474-9991

Driving Directions:

From downtown – Take Lamar south until you hit Barton Springs Road. Make a right and you’ll see them on the right.

From MoPac – Take the Bee Cave/2244 exit and head east (toward Zilker Park) on Barton Springs Road until you see them on the left.

From I-35 – Take the Riverside exit and drive west (towards downtown) until you hit Barton Springs Road, make a left and drive past Lamar Blvd. (toward Zilker Park). You’ll see them on the right.