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.

Address

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

2. Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina

Photo by Cyclone Anaya’s

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!

Address

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!

Address

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!

Address

614 E. Oltorf St. | Austin, TX 78704

5. Vivo

Photo by Vivo on Facebook

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!

Address

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

6. Fonda San Miguel

Photo by Fonda San Miguel on Facebook

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.

Address

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.

Address

  • 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

Photo by Cyclone Anaya’s

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!

Address

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!

Address

  • 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!

Address

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!

Address:

  • 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

Photo by Katie O. on Yelp

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!

Address:

  • 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).

1. PAPERBOY

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!  

WHAT MAKES THEM EGG-STRA SPECIAL

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!

2. CYCLONE ANAYA’S TEX-MEX CANTINA

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?

WHAT MAKES THEM EGG-STRA SPECIAL

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.

3. SOUTH CONGRESS CAFE

Photo By South Congress Cafe

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!

WHAT MAKES THEM EGG-STRA SPECIAL

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!

4. EMMER & RYE

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!

WHAT MAKES THEM EGG-STRA SPECIAL

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!

5. BOULDIN CREEK CAFE

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!

WHAT MAKES THEM EGG-STRA SPECIAL

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!

6. HOLY ROLLER

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 MAKES THEM EGG-STRA SPECIAL

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!

7. JUNE’S ALL DAY

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 ).

WHAT MAKES THEM EGG-STRA SPECIAL

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.

ANY BRUNCH SPOTS WE MISSED?

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.

1. SALTY SOW

Photo By Salty Sow on Facebook

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.

INSIDER INFO TO IMPRESS YOUR DATE

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

ADDRESS

1917 Manor Rd | Austin, TX 78722

2. CYCLONE ANAYA’S TEX-MEX CANTINA

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.

INSIDER INFO TO IMPRESS YOUR DATE

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!).

ADDRESS

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’!

3. LENOIR

Photo by Lenoir on Facebook

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!

INSIDER INFO TO IMPRESS YOUR DATE

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!

ADDRESS

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!)

4. BUFALINA

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!

INSIDER INFO TO IMPRESS YOUR DATE

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.

ADDRESS

1519 E Cesar Chavez Ste 200 Austin | TX 78702

5. VINO VINO

Photo by Vino Vino

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!

INSIDER INFO TO IMPRESS YOUR DATE

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!

ADDRESS

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!

6. OLIVE & JUNE

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.

INSIDER INFO TO IMPRESS YOUR DATE

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

ADDRESS

3411 Glenview Ave | Austin, TX 78703

WHICH DATE NIGHT SPOT SETS YOUR HEART ON FIRE?

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!

The 8 Best Places for Rockin’ Queso in Austin

Ooey Gooey, we LOVE us some good Queso!

So we did our due diligence and dipped our chips into every bowl of liquid gold we could find!

Make sure you read until the end… you will get a chance to try one of these top queso’s for zero dinero!

Now let’s get to it… these eight places in Austin take the (cheese)cake:

1. TORCHY’S TACOS

Photo from Torchy’s Tacos on Facebook

When it comes to Queso, there’s no such thing as too much!

You’ll agree when you take a bite out of Torchy’s Green Chile Queso with their homemade chips!

Why we LOVE them: Loaded with green chiles and topped with fresh guac, cotija cheese, cilantro and diablo sauce, there’s massive flavor in every little bite!

What customers have said: Get bold and upgrade by adding Texas Chorizo to the mix for what Torchy’s calls their “Hillbilly Queso!”

2. CYCLONE ANAYA’S TEX-MEX CANTINA

Vegetarians and meat lovers unite!

Yes, we really just said that, and for good reason! Now both parties can enjoy the Texas Loaded Queso because it’s customizable!

Why we LOVE them: It’s the same savory Chile Con Queso made with local white cheese that customers love PILED HIGH WITH fresh jalapeños, pico de gallo and choice of spinach (go vegetarian!) or taco meat!

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’!

3. KERBEY LANE

Photo by Kerbey Lane Cafe. Also featuring their Vegan Queso

Calling all Vegans who miss them some Queso!

Don’t worry, Kerbey Lane Cafe has you covered with an option that’s a take on their classic Kerbey Queso, without the cheese.

Why we LOVE them: Kerbey Queso gets a Texas spin with Cowboy Queso, featuring black beans and guacamole and MAN is it tasty!

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!)

4. MAUDIE’S TEX-MEX

Photo by Jordan Haro. http://bit.ly/2UgxA5y

Go for Queso in one of its purest forms at Maudie’s Tex Mex!

A classic Tex Mex queso, it comes with Chorizo for a rich texture that pairs nicely with chips and salsa!

Why we LOVE them: It’s all about that texture with this simply delicious Queso because it practically melts in your mouth and there’s nothing watered down about it!

What customers have said: We just HAD to quote Yelper Aaron B., who said that the Queso is “especially good, with the right viscosity to hold on to the chip”! Simply speaking, he seconds the awesome texture!

5. MAGNOLIA CAFE

Photo by Magnolia Cafe

Three Words: Mag Mud Queso.

Yes, they have Mag Queso that’s more straightforward topped with avocado and pico de gallo, but Mag Mud is a lot more fun!

Why we LOVE them: Mag Mud adds beans for a whole new spin on the customer favorite, and this one small ingredient makes a huge flavor difference that we’re all about!

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

6. MATT’S EL RANCHO

Photo by Matt’s El Rancho

This Queso features a flavor profile so special it has its own name!

Called the Bob Armstrong, the key ingredients of this secret Queso sauce aren’t revealed, but it’s sure delicious!

Why we LOVE them: We’ve tried imitations and nothing matches up to this special combination of savory, fresh and gooey goodness!

What customers have said: Yelper Steven X calls it one of the Top 3 Queso experiences in Austin, and that he’s a happy long-time customer.

7. POLVOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Photo by Polvos Austin on Facebook

So many takes on Queso, so little time!

The Chili con Queso at Polvos is a pretty compelling rendition topped with tasty guac, fresh ground beef and pico de gallo!

Why we LOVE them: We know we were served a ton of chips… yet they were suddenly gone as mysteriously as the Queso was… yum!

What customers have said: More than one Yelper called it the best in Texas, many mentioning the plethora of goodies on the side that come with the plate!

8. EL ALMA

Photo by Nickie B. on Yelp.

We thought we’d seen everything until we found the Queso Blanco y Rojo!

Featuring spicy queso with árbol salsa, rajas, onions, and mushrooms, it brings new bold flavors to the mix!

Why we LOVE them: Tostadas. Tostadas. Tostadas. They’re that good AND let you eat that much more Queso at a time! Win-win!

What customers have said: If the Queso Blanco y Rojo is too much, try the Queso Fundido, with melted jack cheese and flour tortillas even picky eaters at the table should like!

SATISFY YOUR NEED FOR CHEESE

We’re all about satisfying that savory tooth (you know, when our sweet tooth needs a break!) We hope you find this list helpful when you have a hankering for killer Queso in Austin!

In the meantime, get FREE QUESO from Cyclone Anaya’s! Get your coupon below. 👇🏻 Hurry because you only have 7 days to use it!

DID WE MISS ANY GREAT QUESO SPOTS IN AUSTIN?

We would love for this post to become a growing resource for queso fans. If there is a great queso hot spot we missed, please let us know in the comments!

The 7 Best Places For Guacamole in Austin

Holy moly, guacamole!

When it’s good, it’s gone too fast.

When it’s bad, the entire meal goes sour.

Never run out of your precious supply again because we’ve spread our search far and wide for the best that Austin’s got.

Here’s the scoop on the seven best spots to get your fix:

1. TORCHY’S TACOS

Source: Torchy’s FaceBook: https://bit.ly/2AXnPlC

The menu headers label every section as “Damn Good”, and Torchy’s lives up to this claim quite tastefully!

With fresh fare featuring calorie counts for the diet-conscious, the guac is sized to fit any appetite with plenty of homemade chips included!

Why we LOVE them: Cotija cheese on guac is our new JAM! We’re not sure how we ever lived without it and love the simple spin on a classic!

What customers have said: Satisfying chunks of avocado and a healthy portion make it an indulgence you don’t have to feel guilty about.

2. CYCLONE ANAYA’S TEX MEX-CANTINA

Source: Cyclone Anaya’s Facebook: https://bit.ly/2DkapT8

For those not afraid to get FRESH with their guacamole, you’ll get the goods delivered straight to your table!

Featured on the menu as Guacamole – Made Table Side, you’re not just ordering a side dish, you’re ordering an entire experience!

(And you’re always free to order the delicious from the kitchen version).

Why we LOVE them: Love you some more green onions or tomatoes (or none at all?). Simply tell them and they’ll customize your guac at the table!

What customers have said: Guacamole purists will LOVE the fresh, unadulterated avocado base, free of unknown mix-ins and additives.

3. JARDIN CORONA

Source: Jardin Corona’s Yelp: https://bit.ly/2DwXihS

Serving traditional Mexican food with an outstanding sense of value, their classic flair equals big-time flavor perfect for the whole family.

A table-pleaser, this guac is everything you’d expect from an old favorite recipe, so enjoy with good company (though you won’t talk much!).

Why we LOVE them: The chunks of fresh tomatoes add craving-worthy texture and a refreshing zestiness! And all of that for $1.99 as a side!

What customers have said: That it has a nice little kick and is seasoned well, making for a very flavorful guac that pairs perfectly with chips.

4. MARIA’S TACO EXPRESS

Source: Maria’s Taco Xpress Facebook: https://bit.ly/2JSUtI6

Get ready to see guac in a whole new light! Fresh, zesty, and perfected over the years, you’re in for a real treat with this simple (and taste bud pleasing!) take on the classic!

Run by Maria, know by the Austin Chronicle as “South Austin’s Taco Queen”, this eclectic spot has been in the mix for over 21 years.

Why we LOVE them: They know how to combine flavors like none other! Try the loaded chicken tortilla with black beans, guacamole, queso fresco, bell peppers, onions, bacon, and a fried egg!

What customers have said: It’s a CAN’T-MISS companion with chips and a couple of Al Pastor tacos (marinated pork with pineapple)!

5. FRESAS

Source: Fresas’ Yelp: https://bit.ly/2zJAK8X

Why try one type of guac when you can try three? Exactly.

After the Classic guac, you can go sweet or savory! Try the Green Apple guac with pineapple, jicama, and mint or Chipotle Bacon with chorizo, adobo, and queso fresco.

Why we LOVE them: Three words: CHIPOTLE BACON GUACAMOLE! We want to personally thank the creative genius behind adding bacon, it’s sinful in the best way!

What customers have said: The guac portions are LARGE, but it’s a compliment, not a complaint, especially since they still found they needed seconds, it went so fast!

6. PICNIK

Source: Picnik’s Yelp: https://bit.ly/2AVE82y

Have any food sensitivities that make chips and guac a no-go? You may just get the green light to try this guac!

Catering to those with food allergies, sensitivities, and dietary requirements, this flagship location offers guac with simple, stomach-friendly ingredients.

Why we LOVE them: The simplicity makes it a standout, and we couldn’t believe how much flavor we got from fresh apple, kale, avocado, red onions and cilantro alone!

What customers have said: The almond flour chips make for the perfect CRUNCH that makes the guac disappear at lightning speed, so good thing for the good portions!

7. LICHAS CANTINA

Source: Licha’s Yelp: https://bit.ly/2Dx0Twk

With a rich family history, this restaurant, named after the owner’s mother, Alicia “Licha” Rivera, creates dishes to capture the flavors enjoyed by locals in Mexico City.

Their vegetarian and gluten-free guac is served in a style you’ve likely not seen before, but will almost certainly want seconds of, ASAP!

Why we LOVE them: That their guac is loaded with pumpkin seeds and queso fresco! We were immediately hooked on the added crunch and just-right hint of salt.

What customers have said: That your biggest regret will be that you didn’t go sooner and try the unique whipped texture of this addicting rendition of guac!

WHICH RESTAURANT SATISFIES YOUR GUAC CRAVING THE MOST?

Variety is the spice of life, so we recommend you try all seven! And, if you’re so inspired, chase your guacamole fix with six of the best places for chips and salsa in Austin!

Are there any other great guacamole spots you feel we should know about? Let us know in the comments and share why you love them!

7 Awesome Dog Friendly Patios in Austin

It’s finally the weekend (or 6 p.m. on a Wednesday night) and you can’t wait to switch up your routine!

There’s only one thing standing in your way — and it’s wagging its tail by the door…

Good news, you never again have to choose between freedom and your furry friend!

We’ve fetched a list of the best places with dog-friendly outdoor patios you AND your pet will love!

So go ahead — #treatyoself.

1FORTHRIGHT:

Photo credit: Forthright

Forthright is like an oasis in the desert, with the bright and breezy patio serving as a downtown respite, whether you’re just off the hike and bike trail (a block away) or a long day at the office!

To top it off, this place has some killer brunch/lunch going on, with plenty of soul food favorites like chicken and waffles, and of course, the trendy foodie standby of avocado toast.

So take a load off, and take your dog with you so you can both enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life while soaking in the sunshine.

Why we love them: With a chef-prepared menu full of fresh ingredients for you and a “Dog Bowl” you can order for your pup made of hamburger and sweet potato, you’re both set for a great afternoon!

What customers have said: The atmosphere and servers are equally friendly, with the patio serving as a quaint spot downtown they look forward to returning to again!

2. CYCLONE ANAYA’S TEX-MEX CANTINA

Photo credit: Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina

What’s not to love about a beautiful outdoor patio that’s just as pet-perfect at night?

Satisfy your nighttime craving for chips and salsa with your favorite fur baby by your side! Serving up some of the best Tex-Mex in Austin, there’s something super satisfying here for just about everyone.

If you’d like to spend the entire day together, the Domain NORTHSIDE neighborhood is one of the most dog-friendly places to do it. All stores in the shopping area allow dogs inside!

(Though know that state law prevents dogs from going inside restaurants. Pups are still welcome on many of the outdoor patios!)

People and pet watching are a ton of fun in the Domain NORTHSIDE with most of the outdoor patios giving a great view of passing Austinites!

Get your shop on with your pet by your side and make Cyclone Anaya’s your leisurely pitstop, all without a care in the world.

Why we love them: The extra-welcoming water bowls to keep your pet hydrated (and cool in the lingering heat!) add to the overall home-away-from-home ambiance.

What customers have said: That this place is so dog friendly, it’s truly a party. Dog’s birthday celebrations have been spotted here, and they add to the fun, even for those there without pets!

  1. CONTIGO

Photo credit: Yelp User Jesse D.

If you want to go big or go home with your outdoor patio experience while enjoying a local brew and some soul food options, too, this is your spot!

A restaurant modeled after their family’s Texas ranch, this place recently celebrated its 7th anniversary of being a dog-friendly go-to for its good food and sprawling property!

Featuring a dog-friendly Rose Garden portion of the outdoor space, you can mingle with other dog owners and still enjoy the beautiful view of the property.

Why we love them: There isn’t much else more satisfying than a beautiful outdoor space, a local brew and some hearty Texas favorites to savor, all with your best friend by your side.

What customers have said: They enjoy the expansive outdoor space with long picnic tables, a laid-back vibe and plenty of other dogs around to keep yours entertained.

  1. TLC

Photo credit: TLC

This new place in Lamar Union (it opened in January) is already becoming a local staple for dog owners looking for a lively (and family-friendly) place to enjoy some much-needed time off.

Whether you’re looking for brunch on the weekend, or a happy hour on that break from the mundane on a Wednesday, there’s fun here for everyone, especially with your pet!

With patio/yard games to keep both you and your dog entertained for as long as you’d like to stay, you could make a day of it!

Why we love them: Comfort is at an all-time high here, even on a hot day, with water bowls and eco-friendly misters that will keep both you and your dog happy.

What customers have said: It’s the perfect place to finish a walk or to enjoy after a stroll on the weekend, quickly becoming a place where they look forward to seeing their dog-owner friends!

5. ALTA’S CAFE

Photo credit: Alta’s Cafe

Location, location, location.

With some great craft coffee and light bites too, this outdoor patio is right on the hike and bike trail by Lady Bird Lake!

Take a break from outdoor activities or simply enjoy a day by the lake with your dog by your side. The view truly is breathtaking, and we think you BOTH will agree.

As an added convenience, a Kayak rental company is located right downstairs incase you want to take your pup for a trip out onto the water!

Why we love them: The lake view is amazing enough on its own, but this place upped the ante by keeping treats at the counter and providing water bowls along with friendly service!

What customers have said: Alta’s is the perfect spot to bring your dog on a sunny day and serves some of the best craft coffee in the area, making it a place they love stopping at, too.

  1. BANGER’S SAUSAGE HOUSE & BEER GARDEN:

Cheers to a fun day outdoors listening to music, hanging with your friends, and letting your dog make a few new ones, too.

Banger’s is known for its brew selection and good grub, but the dog-friendly culture is just as integral to the ambiance.

With a section for your dogs to play in, it’s now easier than ever to enjoy your weekend and let your pup run wild wild with new friends at the same time!

Photo credit: Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden

Why we love them: It perfectly accommodates people with and without pets with ease by encouraging them to stay in a certain part of the space, made possible by a large property.

What customers have said: A perfect place to see and be seen, in a totally laid back way, for you and your pet. This lively venue may just make your dog’s inner social butterfly come out.

  1. ST. ELMO BREWING COMPANY

With brewing exceptional beer for their neighbors as their mission statement, this place feels like all of the best parts of a block party mixed together!

There’s good food, good brew, and good people, with plenty of outdoor patio space for your dogs, who are just as welcome as you are!

No matter the time of day, or what might be going on, your pet is always encouraged to enjoy the festivities right by your side!

Why we love them: The chill vibe of this place almost makes you forget you aren’t suddenly in your own awesomely upgraded backyard having a housewarming party, and we love it!

What customers have said: The outside gravel patio and generous amount of picnic table seating makes it a great place for meeting your friends and enjoying quality time with your pet.

Photo credit: St. Elmo Brewing Company


WHICH OUTDOOR PATIO IS THE BIGGEST TAIL-WAGGER FOR YOUR PET?

Any one of these seven places is sure to be heaven for man’s best friend, so it’s up you to decide which place has your favorite vibe! Happy trails!

Are there any outdoor patios worth a walkthrough that we missed? Let us know in the comments and share why it’s a favorite for you and your dog!

The 6 Best Places for Chips And Salsa in Austin

Everyone knows when you say “YES” to Mexican food, you’re all anticipating the same thing — the CHIPS AND SALSA.

That just-right hint of salt.

That delicious tomato-tortilla chip contrast.

That satisfying crunch.

In fact, that first bowl of chips can make or break your entire experience! And disappointment can make the entire thing go stale… quickly!

We’ve curated a list of reliable places to get a head start on that important part of the meal – chips and salsa.

Here are six places in Austin that are the real deal:

1. BOULDIN CREEK CAFE

Photo by Courtney G. on Yelp. Also shown with Vegan Ceviche.

Bouldin Creek makes everything from scratch, and many of its items are Vegan. All of them are full of natural, organic and pure ingredients. As far as healthy splurges go, you can feel the best about this one.

The Non-GMO Chips and House-Made Salsa make it so you know exactly what you’re eating. No hidden ingredients or preservatives leave plenty of room for pure FLAVOR.

And that’s exactly what every chunky tomato-filled bite will reveal, with a hint of spice.

Why we LOVE them: Free refills, anyone? For just $3.50, you can satisfy your craving until your stomach begs for a reprieve!

What customers have said: That the salsa is peppered and spiced to perfection in an addicting way.

2. CYCLONE ANAYA’S TEX MEX-CANTINA

If you like smokey, chipotle style salsa with big bold flavor in every bite your tastebuds will go gaga at Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina!

The salsa is made fresh daily in-house and the sweet and smokey combo comes from our unique method of “charring” the tomatoes before blending them with chipotle peppers and green and red jalapeños.

Be ready for chips you can’t put down and a smokey kick of heat. Pair it with their wicked strong jumbo margarita’s and you have the perfect pre-meal treat!

Why we LOVE them: Their zesty blend of tomatoes, peppers and cilantro are made fresh EVERY day. You will always get that incredible just-made taste of freshly prepared ingredients and charred tomatoes.

What customers have said: That they found themselves eating their weight in chips and salsa and not regretting it for a second.

3. CHUYS

Photo from Chuys Yelp.

Chuy’s commitment to fresh ingredients and just-out-of-the-oven serving style make their chips and salsa combo a must-have.

You can expect hot chips fresh out of the fryer and a creamy jalapeño dip that will be completely different than what you expected, and in the best way!

Why WE love them: There’s something about the cilantro, jalapeño and smooth creamy taste combination that makes you want just one more bite… until it’s all gone!

What customers have said: That the creamy jalapeño dip turns formerly well behaved people with table manners into vultures. So get ready to EAT!

4. TACODELI

Chips at Tacodeli (Credit: Kaleb Fulgham via Flickr CC)

Tacodeli thrives on offering alternatives different than what you expect, and this includes things like letting you make your own tacos!

Your chips and salsa experience will likely be just as uniquely satisfying! The chips are 100% organic masa, an alternative often cited as healthier than corn.

With four different salsas in varying spiciness to try (Verde, Roja, Dona, Habanero), the Salsa Dona is a standout!

Why WE love them: The jalapeño and garlic combo of the Salsa Dona makes for a flavor profile far too tasty to ignore.

What customers have said: This stuff is so good you’ll be want to buy the next size up to get TWO bags of chips and a bigger salsa container… trust them!

5. MI MADRE’S

Photo from Mi Madre’s Yelp.

Often on “best-of” lists for its tacos, Mi Madre’s makes a whole host of freshly made food that’ll likely be loved by the entire family.

The chips and salsa are no different. You can expect delicious traditional corn tortilla chips and equally traditional salsa with the same spice and texture that likely made your mouth water in the first place.

Why WE love them: The chips come out nice and warm in a basket that you’ll likely suddenly find is empty. Don’t worry, just ask for a refill and start fresh!

What customers have said: Even the pickiest of eaters who grew up eating authentic homemade salsa found it to be the same spicy yet comforting flavor profile they were used to.

6. POLVO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Photo from Bed Stay Scrapper S. on Yelp

This list features some amazing places for chips and salsa! No matter where we go, though, there’s usually a choice to be made.

What if you really didn’t have to choose between a traditional salsa and maybe something a bit more spicy and even smoky? What if they were all available at the same place?

The salsa bar at Polvo’s offers just that, with three different sauces ranging from mild to HOT HOT HOT.

Why WE love them: Unexpected surprises, like the delicious pickled carrots (who knew!) add some unexpected flavors to the traditional chips and salsa combo that we found especially addicting!

What customers have said: They never knew that different salsas could mix together so well, or that pickled carrots (yep, we’re mentioning them again), could be so delicious!

WHICH RESTAURANT SERVES YOUR FAVORITE CHIPS & SALSA?

No matter which one you try (we recommend all six!), you’re sure to satisfy your chips and salsa craving, so our work here is done… until it’s guacamole time!

Are there any great chips and salsa restaurants we missed? Let us know in the comments and share why they are your favorite!

Tex-Mex Bucket List: 8 Dishes To Try Before You Die

Move over, bland bucket list, because we’ve got some exciting news for your taste buds (and commitment to locally sourced ingredients)!

From an award-winning salsa master to tortillas made in house, we’ve perfected many plates here at Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina.

Based on both customer compliments and our own discoveries, here are our eight must-haves. Because you haven’t really lived until you’ve tried them!

CHIPOTLE ROASTED BEEF BRISKET TACOS

A local take on classic tacos, juicy Texas brisket meets equally mouthwatering chipotle puree and other spices, then slow roasts for 12 hours. The perfection is topped with fresh slaw, chili dressing, and your choice of salsa, for a completely new combination we think you’ll love!

CRISPY SHRIMP TACOS

Cheers to something completely different! These aren’t your standard crispy shrimp tacos. They burst with rich flavor from a Negra Modelo beer batter that makes the shrimp even more scrumptious! Customers agree that it’s one of our best creations:

This is one of my favorite Mexican spots in Austin. A fun, great hangout spot at the Domain! My favorite is the crispy shrimp tacos with the charro beans!!! (Brittni, Yelp)

HAPPY HOUR ROTISSERIE CHICKEN TACOS

On the road to hangry but not quite ready for a full meal?

We’ve got you covered with the happy hour version of our signature Rotisserie Chicken Tacos, made with our secret spice blend and infamous brining technique. It takes us 24 hours, a process well worth the wait!

Hungry for more?

It’s also available on the full-sized menu. They’re a crowd pleaser either way:

I love this place!!! I get the rotisserie chicken tacos, and they are the bee’s knees! (Bridgette, Amazon Restaurants Review)

POLLO VIENNA

Sometimes the simplest things bring the greatest joy, and this Pollo Vienna dish proves that by its popularity!

Much more interesting than the standard chicken breast plate, chipotle mushroom cream sauce brings equal parts zesty and savory to the dish. The resulting combo is a restaurant staple you simply won’t want to put down. The testimonials are many! Here are a few:

I had the Pollo Vienna and it was amazingly creamy and good. (Angela F, Yelp)

Pollo Vienna was great. More than I could eat. (Anonymous, Tripadvisor)

The service was great and the food was spectacular. I would highly recommend this place. The Pollo Vienna was delicious. (Elliot, Yelp)

CEVICHE

What’s not to love about ceviche?

We step it up by marinating a fresh batch of shrimp, scallops, and fish in zesty lime juice. The citrus makes a fragrant first impression, followed by a slightly spicy jalapeño, cilantro and red onion combo. Crowd-pleasing plantains and avocado top the dish off and, according to this customer, is exactly why it made the list:

Then there’s the ceviche… one of my favorite things I had the whole night: lime and herb-cured seafood served with avocado and crispy plantains! (Monique Sandhu, a local food blogger)

COMBO NACHOS

Is making decisions something you avoid? Hello, delicious procrastination!

With a little bit of everything in each bite, we pile our crispy tortilla chips high with layers and layers of goodness! Sizzlin’ fajita beef, chicken and smashed beans make the base, topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream. It’ll be the best indecisive choice you’ve ever made, says this customer:

We then got a half order of the beef and chicken nachos: corn tortilla chips topped with smashed beans, melted cheese and beef fajita or chicken fajita. Served with sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo and jalapeños. I love that each nacho is made separately so you have the perfect ratio. (Monique Sandhu)

ATX BURRITO

Stomach growling out of control?

We’ve got you covered with the ATX Burrito, your empty stomach’s new BFF! With a fresh in-house flour tortilla bigger than the heartiest appetite, it’s packed with hunger-smashing carne guisada, beans, pico de gallo, chili con carne sauce, and a whole lotta cheese (chile con queso and melted yellow).

It gets the job DONE, happy customers say:

Soooooo this place is great. The food was excellent. ATX burrito was on point. (Cory, Yelp)

TRES LECHES

Equal parts delicate and decadent, we think you’ll find our Tres Leches cake one to die for! A pleasantly spongy slice layered to rich creamy perfection, three milks sweetly combine (whole, condensed, and evaporated). Sprinkled cinnamon on top, a drizzling of chocolate, and some whipped cream and sliced strawberries on the side make for the perfect last must-have dish!

A PLACE YOU’LL LOVE SPENDING EVERY SECOND IN

Escaping the summer heat in style, all while crossing off your bucket list, is a certified win-win!

Bring a group of friends or simply enjoy the ambiance at the bar surrounded by warm lighting, inviting chairs, and a friendly staff! Every aspect of your experience should be inviting and memorable, which is why we love reviews like these:

Cyclone Anaya’s has the high-quality food and cocktail offerings that you expect from fine dining, while totally unpretentious about it…. We love this place and will definitely come back. Alyssa was a wonderful bartender, and took time with us to help us pick out the right drinks for our tastes. You can’t go wrong here! – Kylie C, Google Reviewer

Cyclone Anaya hasn’t disappointed us yet. The food is good and filling. The margaritas are on point. And the atmosphere is amazingly cool. We’ve been for lunch and the menu is extensive… Lots to choose from when it comes to Tex Mex. The service is great too. – OpenTable Diner

BRING YOUR FURRY BEST FRIEND WITH YOU

Never make the choice between staying in or leaving your dog again with our pup friendly patio.

With an open floor plan that looks right into the restaurant, you’ll still stay a part of the excitement. Plus, your pup may just find a new best friend, like these two cuties below, the tiny but mighty Dazee Dukes (lower left) and sweet sombrero-wearing Charlie Bear (lower right).

MAKE THE MEMORIES LAST LONGER

Don’t forget to document the good times on your way out.

Our photo booth at the exit invites you to remember every moment you spent enjoying the good food, solid drinks, and great conversations with the people you care about. Have fun with some props, or simply smile for the camera. It’s all so memorable, you’ll likely want to invite your friends, like this customer:

“Absolutely delicious! Atmosphere was amazing! I visited Austin for the first time and found this place on a whim, and I will recommend to all my friends!” Jorri H, Yelp.

START ON YOUR BUCKET LIST:

VISIT CYCLONE ANAYA’S TEX-MEX CANTINA

Why wait your whole life to enjoy some quality local Tex-Mex? Stop by Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina, see our full menu, and make your own must-have list! Make a reservation today and taste for yourself why customers are calling it the best Tex-Mex in Austin!

For more about what inspired our Tex-Mex menus, check out our last post, Tex Mex. vs Traditional Mexican: What’s The Difference, or follow us on Instagram for new creations, popular favorites, and more!

Visit us at: 3120 Palm Way Suite 170, Austin, Texas 78758