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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
7.5
8.0
$20
A nice Eastside-hip spot for pretty good Mexican food and even better drinks

More baffling than its name (the traditional sword used by Tuareg Berbers?) is why anyone would open yet another Mexican eatery on the East side. There are scores of authentic choices all over the city, and most are clustered here. But Takoba’s contribution is more cultural than culinary, meaning you can enjoy a decent chile relleno with a better margarita—the inverse of the neighborhood norm. You can also: attend a meet-up devoted to hipster design blog Apartment Therapy, watch fútbol… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
9.4
8.0
$15
Come for the heavenly beef ribs at this well-worn family tradition

We love being in this family-run establishment, which first opened as a grocery in 1946. It makes its home in an old basketball court, the high ceilings and once-green walls having long ago turned varying shades of greasy brown and black from all the smoke. Dim lighting and the tap of feet shuffling against hardwood floors almost give Louie’s the feeling of a chapel.

And a typically Texas Hill Country religious experience this is. Definitely go with moist and fatty… [More]