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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.3
5.5
$30
An overlooked strip-mall surprise: authentic Mexican and a tequila-lover’s dream

If it weren’t for its hideous location and unstylish concrete-and-asphalt exterior, Azul Tequila would be a terrific happy hour spot. It’s got one of the best tequila selections in town, avocado and chipotle margaritas to rival Curra’s, and live “world music.” The colorful but bland interior full of flatscreen TVs notwithstanding, crowds are better served by the food here than at the usual haunts. Most of the “Platos del Interior” are worth trying. Spicy enchiladas pipián in a rich pumpkin-seed… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.9
7.0
$10
This friendly little shanty’s the genuine article, backed up by killer barbecue

Unless you watch “Friday Night Lights” or are a barbecue hound, you may have never heard of Ray’s—which is a shame. Many Austinites fondly respond with other answers when asked what their favorite in-town smokehouse is (curiously accompanied by the caveat “but I haven’t been there in years”), but a comprehensive study by our panel (read: crawl) revealed this best-kept secret to be superior to most of those.

Ray’s is not as hard to get to as you might expect (the… [More]