Fonda San Miguel
Long the torchbearer for interior Mexican food in Austin, this bustling place is a must for visitors and locals alike. The elegant ambience and impressive art collection lend a museum-like vibe to the hacienda-style building, but it’s not stuffy, as the graduation dinners and bridal showers attest to. Everyone is there happily sipping margaritas and feasting on dishes like decadent chorizo-studded queso asado served with house-made corn and flour tortillas; fat shrimp bathed in a spicy, creamy chipotle sauce; and authentic moles and rellenos. Chat with Paco the parrot on your way out; we got a slew of “hellos,” but we suspect he’s got more to say.