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By far the most iconic part of Austin cuisine lies in the bowls of queso and flaming fajitas you’ll enjoy. Tex-Mex isn’t your run-of-the-mill Mexican food – with more spice and flavor, you’ll be wondering why you ever bothered with Chipotle. But don’t worry, Mexican food agnostics – we’ve got some fun options for you, too.
Kerbey Lane Cafe
3003 South Lamar, Austin, TX 78704
No matter what time of day it is – one in the afternoon, nine at night or four in the morning – you can always get a cup of coffee and a plate of great food at Kerbey Lane Café. Named for its original location on – you guessed it – Kerbey Lane, the brand has since expanded across Austin to several different locations. Their newest, a reversioning of their original location on South Lamar, remains the crown jewel of the breakfast-and-more local chain.
El Sol Y La Luna
600 East 6th St.Austin, TX 78701
Looking to start your night on Sixth Street right? Enjoy some of Austin’s signature Tex-Mex at El Sol y La Luna. The downtown staple captures the quintessential flavor of its area both in its food and drink and in the live music that often fills its walls.
1728 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704
If you’re seeking Tex-Mex elsewhere, however, there’s no better location and mix of great food and drink than Chuy’s Tex-Mex. From their you-haven’t-lived-til-you’ve-tasted-it creamy jalapeño dip to the free-flowing, finely crafted margaritas, there’s just something about Chuy’s that will have you begging not to leave. Plus, you can enjoy the factoid that you’re imbibing at the same restaurant that 19-year-old Jenna and Barbara Bush were busted for underage drinking back in 2001. Margaritas and history: What more could you want in a dining experience?
218 West 4th St. Austin, TX 78701
If you’re in the mood for lounging around and enjoying great cocktails, look no further than Halcyon Café. This is more than just your friendly gayborhood coffee shop, to say the least. With comfy couches, a full bar, delicious coffee-alcohol hybrids and s’more creation stations delivered to your table (complete with all the ingredients you’d need!), you’ll find yourself staying at Halcyon for
Jo's Coffee Shop
242 West 2nd St. Austin, TX 78701
If you’re in need of a cup of joe, you can’t go wrong with Jo. Located in the recently revived Second Street district, Jo’s Coffee Shop features counter-style service where you can get great grinds and so much more. Grab a bite to eat – the burgers are prime – before heading to shop at the local boutiques.