Cyclone’s Will Soon Be Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage

We are excited to announce the Tex-Mex you love will be getting a new name and look! 

Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina in the heart of the Domain NORTHSIDE will soon be known as Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage.

Here is what will be changing for the better: 

  • A brighter and more upbeat environment
  • Fun new drinks and cocktails
  • Faster service with “real-time ordering” tableside 
  • Better service with a streamlined menu
  • Additional seating to lower wait times
  • New daily specials 
  • An improved to-go and curbside process 

Over the last few years, our family began a new tradition with our new restaurant under the Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage brand. We feel Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina is due for an update. 

The rebranding will allow us to take advantage of new technology, systems, and store design that was unavailable when we built Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina in 2017. All of our current staff will transition with us.  

“We are excited for a fresh new look and energy for Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina. Our family has been in the restaurant business for over 40 years and we always ask ourselves, how do we keep getting better? How do we continue to give our guests a better experience? With the updated branding for Valencia’s that we created in Houston, it made perfect sense to give Austin a refresh. We will have a new name and look, but always be the same great Tex-Mex our guests love.”

– Rico Valencia and Vienna Bement, owners of Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina

The new name and branding are currently in progress at the Domain NORTHSIDE location. The full rebrand is set to be complete by the end of May.

The colors and branding will be based on Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage in Houston, TX. 

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Which Tex-Mex Dish Best Fits Your Personality?

We like to think that timeless, versatile Tex-Mex cuisine offers options for everyone. So let’s put it to the test!

Here are six broad personality archetypes, each paired with a Tex-Mex staple—a match made in culinary heaven. 

Find the personality description (or two, or three) that best fits you, and see if you don’t find yourself craving that dish (or two, or three) right now!

The Life of the Party: Nachos

You’re an extrovert. A people person. You’re the one who rounds up the squad and gets the party started.

And what better way to kick off the festivities than with a generous plate of nachos, the MVP of shareable Tex-Mex apps?

It’s a great way to get the gang to gather ’round. Everyone grabs a loaded, cheesy chip, chowing down and chewing the fat at the same time. It can get messy, and you might find friends fighting over the last ones, but hey—that’s how the best bonds are built!

The Straight Arrow: Enchiladas

You’re not what people might call a risk taker. You’re no rebel or rule-breaker. You don’t love taking chances on wild, unfamiliar things. You’re a traditionalist who prefers sticking to what you know and what works.

That also makes you dependable. Safe. Reliable. A rock that people can count on.

Just like an enchilada.

At Cyclone Anaya’s, we serve the tried-and-true Tex-Mex favorite filled with beef, chicken, or cheese as well as a spinach version for vegetarians, and a brisket enchilada for those times when you feel jussst a bit bold.

The Natural Leader: Fajitas

You can be intense. You’ve heard it, you know it, and you can’t help it. You’re passionate about things, so you’re driven to get stuff done. You lock in on your goals and, by golly, you accomplish them.

So it’s only natural that others are drawn to your fire. Your drive, your enthusiasm inspires them to follow your lead.

You want a meal that can match your heat. You’re looking for fajitas fresh off the grill, that come out sizzling, just like you do. And you want that meaty goodness of beef or chicken or steak, or that shrimp or salmon substance, to pack you with the energy to power you through the day.

The Artist: Crispy Shrimp Tacos

You’re compelled to create. And not one to color inside the lines or paint by numbers, you do things your own way. Your mind is always cooking up something original and imaginative and beautiful.

For you, we’ve cooked up crispy shrimp tacos. Because when you think outside the box, sometimes that’s what you land on. No other plate offers quite the same unique combination of texture, flavor, and visual appeal.

Cyclone Anaya’s serves up its shrimp tacos in pairs, with shrimp fried to crispy perfection in Negra Modelo beer batter, topped with the vibrant hues of spicy coleslaw. It’s a work of art in itself!

The Strong, Silent Type: Guacamole

You don’t say much, but you’ve got a lot going on beneath the surface. You’re planning, contemplating, reflecting. You’re fine being alone with your thoughts, and right now, you’re thinking about guac.

You’ve weighed your options, and delicious, creamy guacamole with chips is the smart move. Avocado is a superfood, after all, so it does its part to help keep you healthy and strong in both body and mind.

And nothing beats fresh guac, like the kind made at Cyclone Anaya’s right at your table. Or, if you want to savor some time alone, we’ll make it in our kitchens and bring it out to you.

The Romantic: Breakfast

This one may seem odd at first, but if you’re the romantic, idealistic type, search your heart and you’ll see it’s true…

There’s nothing more romantic than a Tex-Mex breakfast.

Imagine it: the sun rising on a cloudless day. Waking up alongside your loved one and eventually dragging yourselves out of the house for sustenance. There’s not the same formality or pressure as a dinner. You’re with someone you’re comfortable spending a slow, quiet morning with. Someone you can enjoy a hearty plate of huevos rancheros or migas or breakfast tacos next to.

Even if you don’t have someone at the moment to share that meal with, that’s the scene you’re picturing in your head. Doesn’t it look nice? Doesn’t it taste wonderful??

How was our Tex-Mex-analysis?

Do we have you all figured out, or are we way off base? Matching minds to munches is more of an art than a science, after all, and people can be so darn complex sometimes… 

Let us know in the comments if you were choosing a Tex-Mex dish based on your personality, what would you be?

Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina Joins Fox 7

Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina joined Fox 7 Austin for their Good Day Morning Show! Our operations manager, Antonio, and kitchen manager, Maria, show-cased our fan-favorite dish, the Rotisserie Chicken Burrito.

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in our kitchen? Check out the five-minute segment below.

Thank you for having us, FOX 7 Austin!

We’d love to know, what is your go-to item on our menu? Comment below!

10 Austin-based Instagram Accounts to Follow in 2020

Looking to get more smiles and joy out of your Instagram feed? There’s no better way than to see the best of Austin every time you scroll through it. Scrumptious food and stunning sights. Local art and live events. Colorful characters and cute, cute furry friends.

Follow these accounts for a great snapshot of the best our city has to offer. Hopefully it inspires you to explore more of Austin, attend an event or discover your new favorite restaurant!


1. The Austinot

Instagram posts from the popular Austinot blog keep you updated on the latest happenings and the hottest spots to eat and drink, but in the most Austin way possible. You get a “hyperlocal” angle that covers only Austin-founded businesses, delivered by a team made completely of volunteers.


2. Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina


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If you’re not hungry for real-deal Tex-Mex or thirsty for mouthwatering margaritas, you will be! The Cyclone Anaya’s Instagram serves up a daily helping of eye-catching food and drink specials, with a generous side of laughs along the way.


3. The Good in ATX

Austin offers photographers no shortage of amazing scenes to capture, and your feed can reap the benefits. The Good in ATX showcases snapshots from all over the city, providing a fresh angle on the places and people that make it such a one-of-a-kind place to experience.


4. ZilkerBark


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__ Stuart is right, the #HEBTXPetTour will continue with THREE holiday-themed pet portrait events! Austin, Houston and San Antonio, one in each city, starting Nov 23rd. A $10 donation to @servicedogsinc reserves your pet’s portrait spot. An RSVP link will be sent out through email first on Nov 14th, reservations will be open to the public on Friday the 15th. The event is otherwise free to attend. Head to the link on our bio to sign up for email alerts and to read more information about the events. ?

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Nothing like puppy pics to help you forget life’s stresses and put a smile on your face! The dog photography crew posts highlights from shoots at Zilker Park and around town—not to mention raises thousands of dollars for animal-related non-profits.



There’s always so many weird and wonderful things going on throughout the city that it can be hard to keep track. can help you keep up, showing off the best of the community and the culture.


6. JType


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Ever wonder what Austin would look like soaring high above it all? Daredevil Austin photographer JType takes to the rooftops to put the focus on the city’s stunning skyline and diverse architecture, with dramatic, heavenly views sure to take your breath away.


7. Austin Wildlife Rescue


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Besides posting pics of lovable critters that can’t help but draw in likes, the men and women at Austin Wildlife Rescue do the good work of saving local animals of all shapes and sizes and raising funds for their future well-being.


8. Humans of Austin


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“I go to therapy every few weeks, and one of the main topics that always comes up is this kind of dual personality thing I have going on, because my life has been split between two cultures. Honestly, it goes all the way back to elementary. I had to live one life at home, and a completely different life at school and with my friends. On the weekend, all my life consisted of Indian dance and temple. During the week, it was about being cool and fitting in. How do you do those two things concurrently? It’s definitely had a lasting effect… It’s made it especially difficult that the two worlds never touch, that the people in each world didn’t know one another. Most of my friends have no idea just how traditional my parents are and what was expected of me at home, and of course my parents don’t understand the other world that’s such a big part of my life. Neither group understands the expectations of the other, so it’s hard for either to empathize with me, even though they try.. In a way, I know it’s made me stronger. But it’s been one of the biggest challenges of my life. And I know millions of people deal with the same thing.”

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The Humans of New York are great and all, but we like to think the Humans of Austin give them a run for their money! Everyone has a unique tale to tell—hear some of these stories and meet the Austinites behind them.


9. Austin State of Mind


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In another ATX take on an NYC special, a former New Yorker takes followers along as she seeks out the great food, music, and events to be found in her beloved new city. She even offers guides to travel outside of Austin, too.


10. When Where What Austin

For beautiful photos of landscapes or clouds or puppies in your feed, this isn’t the follow for you. When Where What Austin gives you exactly what its name says: the barebones info on hot local events, presented in plain white text on a solid blue background (though you can usually swipe over for promotional posters or pics and read the captions for a funny personal touch).

What great Instagram accounts have we missed?

Are there other Austin Instagram accounts that you enjoy following? Let us know in the comments!

Let’s Celebrate: Happy 2nd Birthday to Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina in Austin!

Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina located in Domain NORTHSIDE in Austin, Texas will be celebrating our 2nd Birthday the week of November 11th through November 16th, 2019 and we are inviting everyone to partake in the fiesta!

We are thankful for two amazing years serving the Austin community and can’t wait to celebrate our birthday with you!

Check out the amazing events and promotions that are happening during our birthday week:

Sunday, November 10th: Penny Mimosas & Brunch

The FIESTA kicks off on Sunday, November 10th, with our delicious brunch menu and penny Mimosas! The first fill of Mimosas are $11.99 and then each refill is just a cent! Brunch and mimosas will be offered from 10 AM until 3 PM with an in-house DJ. Invite your brunch-lovin’ friends and start our birthday celebrations off right!


Monday, November 11th: $6 Jumbo House Margaritas

On Monday, November 11th, we will be serving up our famous jumbo house margaritas for ONLY $6 ALL DAY from 11 AM until 10 PM. Our margaritas are famously known to be wicked strong and delicious.


Tuesday, November 12th: $1.25 Tacos

Come back on TACO TUESDAY for our famous crispy rotisserie chicken or beef tacos, ONLY $1.25 each! This promotion is good ALL day from 11 AM until 10 PM on Tuesday, November 12th. Our rotisserie chicken tacos come with grilled poblano and red bell peppers blended with sautéed mushrooms. Taco ’bout a delicious deal!


Wednesday, November 13th: 1/2 off regular Queso

Cheese is the glue that holds our life together! On Wednesday, November 13th you and your amigos can enjoy regular queso for HALF OFF all day from 11 AM until 10 PM! It is limited to one per table and for dine-in only. Invite your friends for a CHEESY good time.


Thursday, November 14th: $2 Draft Beer

Cheers to $2 Draft Beers on Thursday, November 14th! When you dine-in with us you can get draft beer for $2 a pint glass, ALL DAY from 11 AM until 10 PM!


Friday, November 15th: Free Tres Leches for Dessert

CALLING ALL SWEETS LOVERS! Friday, November 15th, with the order of an entree, Cyclone’s is gifting our guests with free Tres Leches dessert. Our Tres Leches is a MUST try! Every pleasantly spongy slice is layered to rich creamy perfection, drizzled with chocolate, topped with whipped cream and lightly sprinkled with cinnamon. We’ve got a slice with your name on it!


Saturday, November 16th: Penny Mimosas & Brunch

RAISE YOUR GLASS, penny mimosas are back again! We will wrap-up our week-long birthday party with Penny Mimosas and brunch on Saturday, November 16th! The first fill is $11.99 and then each refill is just a cent. Plus there will be a delicious brunch menu from 10 AM until 3 PM. Two words: BREAKFAST NACHOS!


We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

For more details on the event and to RSVP, click here. All promotions are dine-in only for the Austin, TX Domain NORTHSIDE location.

6 Austin Margaritas You Won’t Regret Ordering

It calls you. That cold, refreshing blend of tequila, lime, and triple sec. The salted rim. Do you dare treat yourself to this divine cocktail during your dinner or weekday happy hour?

We say go for it.

Next time you’re enjoying some Mexican or Tex-Mex fare at one of these fine Austin establishments, order up one of our favorite margaritas. 

Whether it’s a high-quality take on the classic recipe or an innovative mix of bold flavors… whether it’s frozen, straight up, or on the rocks… you won’t regret it. It’ll be time well spent in Margaritaville.

1. La Condesa

Photo by La Condesa Austin Facebook Page

For Mexican food and drink with a classy, modern twist, La Condesa in the 2nd Street district downtown is the place to be. Their signature Margarita La Condesa simply nails it by pulling together next-level ingredients: Tequila Exotico Blanco, damiana, agave nectar, and fresh juice—both lime and pineapple.

You can tell a lot of care goes into this cocktail, and that includes one other extra touch for your taste buds: a cactus lemongrass-infused salt rim.

Goes great with:

$6 Tacos al Pastor at the bar during Happy Hour (Monday–Friday, 5–7pm), while margaritas and other alcoholic drinks are half-off!

What customers have said:

Their selection of tequila and mezcal is extensive, great for both aficionados and those looking to get into tasting.


400A West 2nd St. | Austin, TX 78701

2. Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina

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This lively Domain Northside joint does Tex-Mex right, so of course, that has to include killer margs. Cyclone Anaya’s offers a mouth-watering selection of special margaritas and other cocktails, but the house’s famous Jumbo Frozen Margarita hits the spot any day—especially weekdays from 11 am–6 pm when they’re $9.99 for Happy Hour!

It’s enough to keep you cool no matter the weather, so if it’s a hot one, take it outside to the patio for some fresh air along with your fresh flavors.

Goes great with:

The Fajitas al Carbon, with either charbroiled skirt steak or marinated chicken breast, served with fresh homemade tortillas and guacamole.

What customers have said:

Basically any margarita you get here will be big, wicked strong, and delicious. You can’t go wrong!


3120 Palm Way #170 | Austin, TX 78758

3. Licha’s Cantina

Photo by Licha’s Cantina

There are tried-and-true ways of putting a lil’ spin on the margarita. Some places offer fun fruit flavor. Some places add a bit of spice.

But why not both? The Lupita margarita at Licha’s blends watermelon-infused vodka with jalapeño (along with Combier liqueur, agave, lime, and a chili salt rim) for refreshing sweetness plus a nice kick.

Goes great with:

Enchiladas a la Potosina, made like the rest of their menu, in an authentic Mexico City style.

What customers have said:

Come to their Happy Hour between 4-7 pm on weekdays and get good-sized margaritas and tasty bites, all for $5 each!


1306 East 6th St. | Austin, TX 78702

4. Curra’s Grill

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I know we all love our avocado margaritas… Wait, you haven’t had one? You owe it to yourself to fix that!

Curra’s Grill, in Travis Heights, bills itself as the “Home of the Original Avocado Margarita,” and guests love what they’ve created. The frozen concoction is cold, creamy, and delicious. They serve other specialty margaritas and cocktails too, but their famed avocado drink is worth trying at least once.

Goes great with:

Another Curra’s specialty, the Conchinita Pibil. It’s flavorful marinated pork baked (and served) in a banana leaf.

What customers have said:

The avocado marg is definitely memorable and unique. It’s like a green smoothie… but with alcohol!


614 E. Oltorf St. | Austin, TX 78704

5. Vivo

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Besides tastes, visuals can play a big part in setting the margarita mood. At Vivo, you’ll be thrown into Margaritaville at first sight of the bright and colorful cocktails, each garnished with a beautiful flower to round out the presentation. It all fits in perfectly with the bright and colorful location at the Linc shopping center that they moved to in 2014.

And taste-wise, you can customize their already-delicious house margaritas with prickly pear, mango, strawberry, or blood orange flavor, as well as hibiscus syrup or cucumber puree.

Goes great with:

A plate of two Puffy Tacos served with beans and rice.

What customers have said:

If you miss their Tex-Mex brunch from 11 am–3 pm on Sunday, don’t worry—they have it on Mondays, too!


6406 N. I-35, Ste. 2343 | Austin, TX 78752

6. Fonda San Miguel

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Fonda San Miguel hasn’t stayed an institution of Mexican cuisine in Austin for more than 40 years without knowing how to whip up some great drinks.

All their options are excellent, and that definitely includes the refreshingly spicy El Pepino Pica, made with cucumber and serrano pepper along with Tequila Ocho Silver and Cointreau liqueur. It’s a work of art—just like the paintings from Mexican artists that adorn the space.

Goes great with:

The popular Ceviche Las Brisas, authentic and generously portioned.

What customers have said:

Their famous Sunday brunch is on the pricey side, but it’s hard to beat the mind-blowing selection and quantity of scrumptious food.


2330 W. North Loop Blvd. | Austin, TX 78756

What masterful margs have we missed?

With so many different flavors and ingredients that can work so well together, there’s a cold, salt-rimmed drink out there for most of us.

Are there other margaritas in town that you always order with no regrets? Let us know in the comments!

5 Austin Burritos That Will Make Your Mouth Water

Austin might be better known as a taco town, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only tortilla trick up our sleeves… Bring on the burritos!

Burritos are another irreplaceable Tex-Mex staple for your culinary rotation. They come in all sorts of creative and delicious variations, usually filled with mouth-watering ingredients to satisfy any appetite.

Here are some of our picks for the biggest, boldest, best, and simply burrito-est burritos on the block.

1. Super Burrito

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We all know the power of a great food truck. But are you ready to face the uncanny deliciousness of Super Burrito??

Their two trucks serve up an out-of-this-world lineup of burritos that you need to taste to believe. Test your might against the San Diego burrito, a beast of a California burrito that draws its strength from the french fries that reside within it.

It may not actually be faster than a speeding bullet, but nothing hits the spot faster than a steaming burrito!

Wrap it up with:

The melted cheese-covered carne asada fries, then some hydration from the Water Tank or the Tiniest Bar in Texas.

What customers have said:

They nail the SoCal style of burrito if you’re craving a taste of Cali, or want to get in on the action for the first time.


  • On 5th | 817 W. 5th St. | Austin, TX 78703
  • At the Water Tank | 7309 McNeil Dr. | Austin, TX 78729

2. Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina

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Hope you’re hungry! Burritos are one of those foods where bigger just always seems to be better, and bigger/better is exactly what you get with the ATX Loop 1 Burrito at Cyclone Anaya’s.

The huge burrito takes carne guisada, smashed beans, pico de gallo, and Mexican cheese, rolls it up into a fresh, house-made flour tortilla, and douses it with chili con carne, jalapeños, guac, and two types of cheese.

If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, well… check again! It probably is.

Wrap it up with:

Their famous jumbo house margarita or any other drinks on the great happy hour menu, running weekdays 11am–6pm.

What customers have said:

Start enjoying your burrito in the restaurant and its awesome atmosphere, but you’ll probably have enough to take home for another meal! Cyclone Anaya’s is located in the Domain Northside, so enjoy access to great shopping after your meal!


3120 Palm Way #170 | Austin, TX 78758

3. Cabo Bob’s Burritos

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At any of the three Austin Cabo Bob’s locations, you’ll find plenty of scrumptious specialty burritos to choose from, including a vegan option.

But the best burrito of all? The one you build yourself! 

Just step up to the counter, watch them make your tortilla right in front of you, and pick out whatever fresh ingredients your taste buds lead you to. Feeling like some melt-in-your-mouth brisket with flavorful Baja beans, poblano peppers, mango pico, house-shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese, and house-made 66 Red sauce, all wrapped in an ancho chili / cilantro tomatillo mixed tortilla? GO FOR IT.

Oh, and each affordably priced burrito is gigantic. We’re talking an absolute unit.

Wrap it up with:

Top-notch queso, to go along with any entree or their thick, fresh-made chips.

What customers have said:

Turning into a Cabo Bob’s regular? Grab a punch card to earn a free burrito after six orders!


  • Ben White | 500 E. Ben White Blvd., Suite D-100 | Austin, TX 78704
  • Rio Grande | 2828 Rio Grande St. | Austin, TX 78705
  • Anderson Lane | 7849 Shoal Creek Blvd. | Austin, TX 78757

4. Maria’s Taco Xpress

Photo by Maria’s Taco Xpress on Facebook

When you see the giant statue of Maria on the roof welcoming you with open arms, you know you’re in the right place. This funky and eclectic Austin gem has drawn in Food Network personalities like Guy Fieri and Rachel Ray—now let it draw you!

You’ll most likely be hitting up Maria’s for her amazing Tex-Mex breakfast, which includes the hearty Steak & Egg burrito. Served with beans, cheese, ranchero sauce, and a side of chips and queso, it makes for a perfect, burrit-astic start to the day.

Wrap it up with:

Live music! Hear great bands play at “Hippie Church” every Sunday.

What customers have said:

The quirky atmosphere isn’t limited to inside, where it can get pretty crowded—take your breakfast burrito out to the patio and second level!


2529 S. Lamar Blvd. | Austin, TX 78704

5. Chi’lantro

Photo by Chi’lantro on Instagram

Korean—Mexican fusion. It’s the mashup you never knew existed, much less needed in your life.

But you’re luck! Chi’lantro has brought Korean BBQ-inspired Mexican dishes to Austin, not only via their original food truck, but six other brick-and-mortar locations as well.

At any of these spots, you can get a one-of-a-kind burrito with your choice of spicy pork, spicy chicken, soy-glazed chicken, tofu, or ribeye beef (the latter for an additional $1). Several locations even let you build your own, customized to your liking. With optional add-ons like kimchi, fried egg, queso, and “magic sauce,” you’ll get a bold and flavorful burrito experience you won’t believe you ever lived without.

Wrap it up with:

Kimchi fries, the signature item that Chi’lantro is deservedly famous for.

What customers have said:

The downtown food truck has wrapped up the kimchi fries in a tortilla for customers on request, making a mind-blowing best-of-all-worlds kimchi fries burrito!


  • Downtown Trailer | 823 Congress Ave. | Austin, TX 78701
  • South Lamar | 1509 South Lamar Blvd. | Austin, TX 78704
  • Burnet | 5222 Burnet Rd. | Austin, TX 78756
  • The Domain | 11005 Burnet Rd. | Austin, TX 78758
  • South Shore | 1414 Shore District Dr. | Austin, TX 78741
  • Mueller | 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd. | Austin, TX 78723
  • Colorado Tower | 303 Colorado St. | Austin, TX 78701
  • Colorado Tower | 303 Colorado St. | Austin, TX 78701

What mouth-watering burritos have we missed?

It seems that Austin isn’t just a taco town, after all. With such an expansive dining selection out there, you’re sure to find plenty of options for satisfying your burrito craving.

What other burrit-abulous Austin spots get you salivating just thinking about them? Let us know in the comments below who we may have missed!

5 Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Austin to Try Right Now

For vegans and vegetarians, the pain of having limited dining options can get all too familiar. Is it so hard for Texas joints to offer something satisfying and vegan-friendly at the same time?

It shouldn’t be, and luckily, you won’t have to suffer through simply side salads in Austin. You’ll find all sorts of spots all across the city with menus full of delicious, innovative, and wholesome choices for vegans to enjoy.

Not a vegan? Not a problem! Treat your taste buds to some of these universal delights and you may discover some new favorite dishes.

1. Mother’s Café

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Stop by the cozy Mother’s Cafe just north of the UT campus for comfort food like Mama used to make—if your Mama served up an all-vegetarian selection as diverse as it is scrumptious!

Still going strong at almost 40 years young, Mother’s offers everything from vegan enchiladas and lasagna to Sloppy Momma Joes. Wash it down with a custom fruit smoothie and Mom’s Apple Pie (vegan version, of course!).

Mom will have you coming home on the weekends, too, with a 10 am–2 pm brunch featuring vegan pancakes, omelets, and breakfast tacos.

Keepin’ It Vegan

Have your eye on a non-vegan menu item? Many of them are marked with the option of being prepared vegan at your request.

And if your dietary needs are more restrictive, there are menus prepared specifically for those with allergies to nuts, gluten, and others.

Address: 4215 Duval St. | Austin, TX 78751

What customers have said: The vegan Bueno Burger is a Mother’s staple, nicely filling and especially tasty topped with Daiya cheese and guac.

2. Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina

Shown here Vegetable Fajitas, photo by Cyclone Anaya’s

Who says Tex-Mex can’t go vegan? Certainly not Cyclone Anaya’s!

This Domain Northside restaurant rocks a full specialty menu bursting with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, available all day every day.

One highlight is the vegetable fajitas, a flavor-packed blend of zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, and more. Enjoy it with vegan sides like the smashed beans, pico de gallo, and, of course, fresh house-made guacamole.

Keepin’ It Vegan

It’s important to know where your food comes from, and that includes the ingredients. Beyond its vegan-friendly selection, Cyclone Anaya’s uses locally sourced ingredients for all its dishes, serving Austin with only the best from Austin.

Address: 3120 Palm Way #170 | Austin, TX 78758

What customers have said: You can get your guacamole fresh from the kitchen… or made right at your table! You can see exactly how it’s made and what great ingredients go into it.

3. Arlo’s Curbside Kitchen

Photo by Arlo’s

With the crazy amount of food trucks and trailers in Austin, maybe it’s no surprise some of the best vegan eats can be found on wheels. And for the best vegan burgers, it’s gotta be Arlo’s.

Why? Soy-free, gluten-free patties. Melted “cheeze” and seitan bacon. Chik’n with chipotle sauce. Mac and cheeze. Tacos. Tater tots. All vegan. Need we say more?

You can find Arlo’s parked outside of three bars around town, making it great for a late-night bite.

Keepin’ It Vegan

The Arlo’s menu is 100-percent plant-based, so no need to stress about what might have meat or dairy in it—everything you can order is vegan!


  • At Cheer Up Charlie’s | 900 Red River St. | Austin, TX 78701
  • At The Grackle | 1700 E. 6th St. | Austin, TX 78702
  • At Spider House | 2908 Fruth St. | Austin, TX 78705

What customers have said: Arlo’s could get even a lifelong meat-eater to convert. The burgers are THAT good.

4. Citizen Eatery

Photo by Citizen Eatery on Facebook

“Follow the Pink Rabbit,” as their slogan goes, and you’ll end up in Rosedale’s Citizen Eatery: a clean, minimal space with a modern, relaxed vibe. The Pink Rabbit must want you to enjoy high-quality food, refreshing drinks, and great atmosphere!

Featured entrees include dishes like vegan chik’n nachos, pecan pesto noodles, and tikka masala served with brown rice. Plus, you can get these for 20% off as part of happy hour from 3pm–7pm Monday to Thursday!

If you can’t catch that window, surely you can make it for breakfast—it’s available all day! Citizen pulls off tasty vegan twists on omelettes, scrambles, sausage, and flapjacks.

Keepin’ It Vegan

The plant-based restaurant isn’t trying to cater only to one specific type of diet. They want everyone to feel welcome, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, or anything in between or beyond.

Address: 5011 Burnet Rd. | Austin, TX 78756

What customers have said: The JUST Egg vegan egg alternative is a delicious part of a lot of the breakfast items. Fair warning, though: it’s popular, so you may need a plan B if they run out!

5. ATX Food Co.

Photo by @atxfoodco on Instagram

ATX Food Co. isn’t just about good food. It’s about being good to your body, your soul, and the planet.

The company uses all-natural, unprocessed, high-alkaline ingredients, all coming through sustainable methods. That means you get to enjoy high-quality vegan dishes that taste delicious, are wildly nutritious, and leave a minimal environmental footprint.

Ready to put this goodness in your body? ATX Food Co. gives you a ton of innovative menu options to choose from, with everything from veggie bowls and soups to tacos and pancakes. You can pick it up from the super-friendly staff at the food truck or have it delivered to your home.

Keepin’ It Vegan

ATX Food Co. is all-in on fostering healthy lifestyles, even offering meal plan subscriptions with meals delivered to your home three times a week. You can also take cooking classes to learn how to prepare organic, nutrition-packed meals on your own.

Address: 1601 Barton Springs Rd. | Austin TX, 78704

What customers have said: Besides the wide selection of healthy, tasty sea moss smoothies, try the hot OG Moss Y Mas drink for a morning pick-me-up to power you through the day!

What vegan friendly hot spots have we missed?

These are some of our faves, but we know there are a lot of other places out there that are awesome for vegan dining, whether it’s for a quick nibble, a sweet treat, or a full, relaxing meal.

Have your own go-to vegan-friendly Austin eateries? Let’s hear them! Share in the comments below your recommendations—for vegans and non-vegans alike!

Where to Brunch Right Now: 7 Unknown Brunch Spots That Should Be On Your Radar

You’ve done all of your serious adulting for the week, and now it’s time to splurge! What better way to welcome the weekend than brunch?

If you’ve settled into a routine place to go, it may have lost some of its excitement. Take back the novelty of this most important meal of the (Satur and Sun) day!

From carrot cake french toast to a Tex-Mex take on eggs and bacon with penny bottomless mimosas to boot, here are 7 top spots for killer brunch you may not know about (yet).


Photo by The Dishstance

There are several reasons to make a mad dash for brunch at Paperboy!

For under $10 you’ll get so much good stuff, you’ll likely take something to go!

Our recommendations include the to-die-for Texas Hash ($9), loaded with sweet potato, pork shoulder, onion, kale, pecan mole and a poached egg for protein-filled flavor!

If you’re looking for something a smidge more sinful, we say go for the sunnyside egg spectacular pictured above! The Chilaquiles ($8) are loaded with tortilla chips to scoop up the goat chorizo, salsa roja, and cotija cheese, and you’ll notice a jalapeno kick, too!  


Made in house bread, juices, sauces, and syrups make them extra fresh, which is pretty sweet. Locally sourced produce and dairy plus fresh coffee from Tweed Coffee Roasters make us all warm and fuzzy!


Photo by @ked.tx on Instagram

Cheers to the freakin’ weekend!

Cyclone Anaya’s makes brunch a special occasion every single time.

Not only is there a dedicated brunch menu with breakfast quesadillas, tacos, ‘Breakfast Americana’ (pictured above) and other Tex-Mex favorites, french toast is a favorite, too!

Seasonal fruit also makes for a fresh and healthy side, and it’s a customer favorite!

No matter what you choose, you’ll want to linger with Penny Mimosas and Poinsettias (cranberry and bubbly)! Penny Mimosas run from 10am- 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, refills are just a penny!

At $10.99 for the first pour, the whole table can splurge guilt-free as many times as they want because, hey, who’s counting?


Feeling a Sunny Sunday outdoors? Enjoy a DJ out on the dog-friendly patio every Sunday! Bring your four-legged bestie with you and enjoy some outdoor window shopping since it’s in the heart of the Domain Northside.

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If your New Year’s resolution WASN’T to eat dessert first, it isn’t too late to make a change!

We have to give major praise to this tempting favorite at the South Congress Cafe! This Carrot Cake French Toast ($13) brings the best of both worlds to the table.

With a delectable combo of carrot cake, cinnamon vanilla egg batter, and cream cheese pecan syrup, your sweet tooth gets some satisfaction while seasonal fresh fruit helps you with justifying the indulgence!

No matter how hungry the table is afterward, you can accommodate all appetites with appetizers, entrees, salads, and everything in between! Picky eaters rejoice, there’s something for everyone,  from steak and eggs to butternut squash soup!


Get bubbly enough for the whole table at a discount with 10% off all bottles of champagne and prosecco so you can get as fancy as you’d like, even on a budget!


Who doesn’t love fresh ingredients and an addicting meal that’s nutritious? We call that a culinary win-win.

There’s lots to love here, starting with the popular favorite pictured above, featuring addicting Oaxacan Green Corn Griddle Cakes with flavorful fried eggs, savory smoked ham, tasty kale, and bright cucumber.

At $13, it’s an affordable luxury. The same is true for other favorites like a Sourdough Bagel with trout roe and crème fraîche ($16), and Texas Toast with bacon, egg, and pork fat hollandaise ($14).

With nothing over $16 and priceless quality, we say sink your teeth into a new definition of brunch!


Providing seasonal flavors is an understatement! Emmer & Rye takes it a step further by milling their grains in-house, providing freshly butchered pork weekly, and implementing a dedicated fermentation program for the freshest taste you can get!


Photo by Bouldin Creek Cafe on Instagram

A local spot for Vegetarian and Vegan fare since 2000, this cafe has got the recipe for maximum flavor without sacrificing your diet.

Which for us is truly just a cooler way of saying, Vegans rejoice! We can’t help but praise this place, especially for the hollandaise!

The Renedict ($10.50) offers either an egg or tofu scramble, local tomatoes, baby spinach, scallions, and tofu bacon on grilled ciabatta. Their hollandaise sauce is house-made and we just can’t believe it’s VEGAN it has so much flavor.

We know, we know, we sound awfully excited about a sauce, but that’s because it’s awesome. Come get your awesome sauce (yep, you just knew we had to say it).

Other favorites include the Breakfast Scramwich ($8.50) with eggs or tofu and melted cheddar-jack cheese, a Garden Bagel ($7) with spread and local produce, or the Tamale Breakfast ($8.75 eggs) with sweet potato & pecan tamales!


The Renedict is so popular it’s available until 2 pm OR until they run out (which happens often). This is the one time we say go ahead and be a follower, you’ll be glad you tried it!


Photo by Holy Roller on Facebook

Getting bored of the same pancakes, french toast, bacon, and eggs for brunch? This place is for you! They take old classics and add a twist to create a whole new dish!

Welcome to a menu full of your new favorites. Pictured is one of the most addicting things for brunch we’ve had in a LONG time.

The Churro French Toast ($13) is a sweet mix of cinnamon sugar crumble and lemon creme fraiche. Just YUM. That’s it, we don’t have anything cooler to say!

Fortunately, the menu speaks for itself with other unique favorites like their shrimp & grits, ‘Grilled Cheesus’ with a brunchier take on the classic sandwich, and the Casbah featuring fried chicken and a honey biscuit!


What’s not to love about Holy Roller’s self-proclaimed inspiration, which is the spirit of punk rock with a hint of religious kitsch, and a nostalgic food menu with a bit of whimsy. Rock on, we say, all the way to this tempting brunch!


Photo by June´s All Day on Instagram

Dessert for brunch, again? Cheers to that! June’s All Day is a neighborhood cafe and bar featuring a French flair that many customers can’t get enough of!

Two reasons for this may very well be their strong yet smooth coffee (Stumptown Single Origin) and their variety of French pastries, including the canelé!

Proof that the best things often come in small packages, this French pastry, pictured above, packs a lot of flavor into its more compact size with rum and vanilla flavoring, a caramelized crust and gooey custard center!

Don’t worry if you’re not a French pastries fan. Their eclectic menu features a little bit of everything, including Sourdough Pancakes with cherry jam ($14), a Breakfast Chalupa with scrambled egg whites ($15) and Housemade Granola ($12 ).


Whether you want grab-and-go pastries and coffee in the AM or full-on brunch, enjoy a cozy atmosphere with a vintage jukebox, banquette seating, marble bar, and sports TV. Turn up your weekend with DJ Nights Friday and Saturday from 9 pm – late.


We’re all about #brunchgoals! Whether you’re looking to sip the day away and be bubbly at Cyclone Anaya’s, enjoy vegan hollandaise at Bouldin Creek Cafe, sink your teeth into sweet churro french toast at Holy Roller, or try something else that’s new, we applaud your adventurous spirit!

What is your favorite not-to-be-missed brunch spot in Austin? Let us know where and why in the comments!

We would love for this post to be a hit list of must-hit Sunday Funday destinations!

Woo Your Boo: 6 Charming Spots To Date Night in Austin

Your work week has been a little… well, taxing. And you’ve hardly seen your special someone for long enough to have a conversation. You’re ready to get out of your head (and cubicle) and go back to your heart.

With an appealing ambiance, memorable menus and hangry-erasing happy hour deals, here are six new places in Austin that are perfect for reconnecting!

No matter which you choose, it all adds up to a night to remember with your better half.


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Living up to its savory name, recommended favorites include the Triple Fried Duck Fat Fries, Truffled Deviled Eggs, and Candied Pork Belly.

Indulge in a Daily Happy Hour from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm for $5 wine (house bubbles, white, rose or red), $5 tacos (pork ‘carnitas’, pork belly or catfish) and $5ish favorites, which include the aforementioned truffled eggs and duck fat fries!

Go on, take a walk on the culinary wild side for a fraction of the price for a memorable night on the town. It’s also on Austin’s East Side, located near the University of Texas with parking on-site.


A neighborhood gem, it’s steeped in history. It was once a general store run by legendary jazz pianist, Robert Shaw.


1917 Manor Rd | Austin, TX 78722


Location. Location. Location.

Splurge on what many locals have called “some of the best Tex-Mex in Austin,” conveniently located in the Domain Northside!

Other than being in the heart of a bustling shopping district, Cyclone Anaya’s is known for mouth-watering rotisserie specialty tacos, stuffed-to-the-brim ATX Loop Burritos, and Texas Loaded Queso (which speaks for itself!).

Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options feature many of the Tex-Mex classics you’d expect on the regular menu, including quesadillas and nachos.

This very similar menu lets you enjoy the same flavors as your date! No FOMO here!

Those less concerned with diets and more concerned about logistics will find romance on a budget doesn’t have to be a bummer thanks to the Daily Happy Hour from 11 am – 6 pm! It features some of their most popular Tex-Mex favorites all under $8. Margaritas and wine on tap for $5.99 each make it easy to say cheers as many times as you’d like!

Walk off the night with a lovely after-dinner stroll you just enjoyed on the open, candlelit patio.


Right at your feet is the Domain Northside, 600,000-square-feet of shopping, entertainment, and some more dessert options to browse (if you have any room left after their infamous Tres Leches cake!).


3120 Palm Way Ste 170 | Austin, TX 78758

What customers have said: The local white cheese adds a creamy color, texture, and consistency that’s truly addicting! Good thing the chips keep on comin’!

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Lit by chandeliers and oozing with charm, Lenoir is a quaint escape from the everyday! Even the ordering is made simple so you can focus on your date.

A prix fixe menu lets you pick any three items on the entire dinner menu for $48 each. It’s not separated by appetizers, entrees, and dessert, but rather lets you pick based on what sounds appetizing!

Whether you want to try something new and start with the popular coconut blue corn polenta, go straight to the savory seared duck, or indulge in dessert first (we recommend the salted caramel tart), there’s something for you both!


You can take both of your three choices and combine them for six sharable plates. Plus, an extra course is only $12. Sweet-teeth rejoice!


1807 S 1st St | Austin, TX 78704

What customers have said: The Vegan Queso was even better than the Kerbey Queso according to same Vegans AND cheese lovers. Others recommended trying all three Quesos! (And ordering Chili Queso Fries!)


Photo by Nicolai McCray Photography

Pizza and romance go together like…

Well, there’s nothing like it! And that’s part of the appeal!

Their Neapolitan style pizzas feature a crunchy exterior and ooey gooey texture in the center! Popular choices include the roasted mushroom, bacon & blue cheese, and Margherita pizza.

Starters include everything from fresh mozzarella sticks to a very sharable cheese plate.

If you make it an early night out, it’s quite the date-night deal with daily Happy Hour from 4 pm – 5:30 pm featuring 50% off on all pizzas and wine bottles under $100!


Make yourself a Neapolitan pizza aficionado! Here’s the skinny: pizzas are cooked in a Stefan Ferrara wood-burning oven for 90 seconds at a whopping 900 degrees! This is why they’re perfectly charred and slightly melted in the middle.


1519 E Cesar Chavez Ste 200 Austin | TX 78702


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Does your date love seafood while you wish you could catch a break on it?

You may have found a very delicious middle ground, especially with their standout plate, the Mussels and fries! Between the perfectly crunchy fries and the garlic mayo sauce served with them, we just can’t get enough!

Plus, it pairs very well with your Vino Vino Cheeseburger, packed with sharp cheddar cheese, market greens, caramelized onion, special sauce, and more housemade fries!

Chase down your new favorite grub with unique takes on specialty cocktails like the Av(ar)iation featuring gin, lemon, shochu, and Aperol sink. Half off during happy hour, which typically runs from 5 – 7.

We say drink to your health and a date night for foodies in love!


More foodie insights: try the Johnny cakes, which guests have called delicious mini cornbread pancakes! They’re $7 but half off on happy hour, so go to town with at least half the guilt!


4119 Guadalupe St | Austin, TX 78751

What customers have said: Prepare to get addicted AND to keep requesting chip and salsa refills, good thing they’re included!


Sometimes the little things matter most and it is this attention to detail that makes us love Olive & June!

Seasonal dishes are the highlight of the day here, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily have to pay full price. You can find 1/2 off on their full dinner menu Monday – Friday until 6pm! This also includes beer and cocktails.

Want a little longer to toast to a romantic night out? Try a date night on Monday for Mezzo Mondays, for half off wine by the glass all night.

Even the small bites make for a delicious dinner, and the homemade bread with goat cheese/butter dip is only second to the impressive cheese plate spread.

It’s definitely a wine and dine occasion to remember.


Why tell your date something impressive, when you can just go ahead and do it? Park valet for VIP parking service… for FREE!


3411 Glenview Ave | Austin, TX 78703


Why make Valentine’s Day the only night to dine out? Make your night together meaningful any time you choose with these six local places sure to romance your special someone.

You can’t afford not to date night (especially with those specials!). Bon Appétit!

Are there any romantic restaurants we missed? Let us know below in the comments and be sure to share why so other Austinites can be in-the-know, too!