Originally Posted by SField
Have two dinners (one early dinner/late lunch).
I want one incredible BBQ meal and one really great Tex Mex meal. Preferably downtown, don't have a lot of time. I'm in Austin less than 24 hours stopping by to do a followup on a consulting thing from a few months back.
BBQ IN TOWN. (Lockhart, Tx. is more like a 45 minute drive, depending on where you start out from, lunch only) black owned dives: Sam's on E 12th & Chicon, Ray's on Montopolis Dr. at Monsanto,
white owned "dives:" House Park W. 12th off Lamar, Green Mesquite on Barton Springs (open at night)
sort of fancy white joints with bars, etc. Iron Works near Convention Center, Stubb's on Red River and 8th, County Line on the Lake on RR 2222 at Loop 360.
BBQ is usually a lunch time affair unless you go to the fancy joints or want to hang with a drunk or two at Sam's.
Tex-Mex: Matt's El Rancho, (old line emphasis on the Tex. also, El Patio, Nuevo Leon, El Azteca etc. Almost anything with El beginning the name, all pretty close to downtown, some on the east (Mexican) side.
More Mex than Tex: El Sol y La Luna (good for breakfast meet, etc.) on e6th at Red River, Fonda San Miguel (pretty nice, a little fancy-date ready).
Ignore anything else you've read in this thread if it conflicts with what I've said. PM me if you need any clarification on any of this. 'Nuff said.