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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.3
5.5
$30
Mexican
Casual restaurant

Hours
Sun–Thu 10:00am–10:00pm
Fri–Sat 10:00am–midnight

Features Live music, outdoor dining
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted

www.azultequila.com

South Lamar
4211 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX
(512) 416-9667
Azul Tequila
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 sauce have an unusually strong, nutty flavor that has its okay days and its amazing ones. Pozole freaks must try this complex and super-soothing one. Our favorite dish is the chile relleno en crema, filled with savory shredded pork, almonds, tomatoes, onions, and raisins. It’s mellower than usual, and its creamy sauce has a gently restrained sweetness. The kitchen’s one weakness seems to lie in all things bean—both the refried and charro are as dreary as the parking lot outside on a rainy day. Their new street-food venture on South Lamar, Papalote, is even better, but limited and not as liquor- or group-friendly.

A signed photo by the door attests to the fact that the Dixie Chicks, at least, know good Mexican when they taste it.

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