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Maudie's 

1212 S. Lamar Blvd.

512-440-8088

www.maudies.com

When in Austin, not going to a Tex-Mex joint is like visiting Brussels and not having mussels. Aside from great food, this place has all the right beverages. Prepare to wait for a while to be seated. 

Curra’s Grill

614 E. Oltorf St.

512-444-0012

www.currasgrill.com

This long-time Tex-Mex favorite just off South Congress, is always packed.  Be sure to try the avocado margaritas.

Franklin's BBQ

900 E. 11th St.

512-6753-1187
http://franklinbarbecue.com/

You've seen it on the daytime broadcast & food networks. See for yourself why this BBQ joint is world famous for its unique way of smoking and curing meats. 

Fonda San Miguel

2330 W. North Loop Blvd.

512-459-4121

www.fondasanmiguel.com

The award-winning chef is renowned for uncovering the gourmet side of Mexican cuisine from the nation’s interior and serving it elegantly in a very gay-friendly setting.

Salt Lick Bar-B-Que

18300 FM 1826

Driftwood, Texas

512-858-4959

www.saltlickbbq.com

A trek to this hill country town is an Austin ritual. Expect long waits and plenty of hot boys, who come from miles around to gorge on the all-you-can-eat meat platters. The owners have finally opened a couple of locations in town, but this is the original and still champ. 

Oasis Café

6550 Comanche Trail

512-266-2442

www.oasis-austin.com

Just above Lake Travis, this oasis provides breathtaking views and fire-breathing margaritas to quench your thirst after a day at Hippie Hollow.