Fonda San Miguel has been serving some of the country’s finest Mexican food since first opening in 1975.
Located in Austin, the bright, colorful, and welcoming restaurant looks like none other in the country. Kitchen staff in traditional Mexican garb can be seen making fresh tortillas to order at all hours of the day, and just about everything else on the menu, from tortilla soup (which was, ahem, invented at this restaurant in 1975) to traditional mole Poblano, is also made from scratch.
Standouts include ceviche; rellenos (stuffed ancho chile, poblano chile, or zucchini); shredded duck enchiladas topped with a poblano-spinach sauce; carne asada a la tampiqueña (grilled beef tenderloin); cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork in a banana leaf); camarones al mojo de ajo (Gulf shrimp in garlic butter); and tres leches cake for dessert.
Washed down with a couple margaritas, you’re unlikely to find a better Mexican meal outside of Mexico.