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Fonda San Miguel

Photograph by Jody Horton

The opening of Fonda San Miguel, in 1975, changed everything in Austin’s understanding of what true Mexican food is all about. Today it remains a bastion of classic dishes from that country’s interior and of gracious dining in general. The heart of the place is the lovely dining room, a gallery of original contemporary Mexican art. Chiles rellenos are a specialty; of the three versions on the menu, we love the ancho, a mild, sweet chile stuffed to bursting with a well-mannered filling of moist chicken, almonds, and olives. Our dining companion’s nice-sized shrimp, broiled in garlic butter, got the Yucatan’s tikin xik treatment of achiote and many (too many, truth be told) pink pickled onions. Our third friend was pleased with a filet of black drum in cilantro-serrano cream sauce, just the thing for someone who appreciates subtle flavors.


City: Austin


Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 2330 W. North Loop Blvd., Austin, TX, 78756

Hours: D Mon–Sat. B Sun.

Phone: 512-459-4121

Website: www.fondasanmiguel.com

Last updated: September 10, 2018