The Lake Travis area boasts an array of Tex-Mex, interior Mexican, and Mexico City street food … not to mention what can be done with some fresh squeezed limes and a good tequila.
Pair up any of these culinary traditions with the variety of homemade salsas and you’ll most likely discover a melting pot of flavors. And one thing is for sure when it comes to Mexican food in the Lake Travis area — it’s all pretty darn tasty.
Like many great restaurants, this one can be unassuming on the outside. Once you get past the non-festive strip mall this delicious gem resides in, you will find some of the best Mexican food in Lake Travis.
The word of the day here is “fresh”, you won’t find any store-bought tortillas or juices here. The margaritas are made from hand-squeezed lime juices and the dishes boast sauces made from scratch that your abuela would be proud of.
This place gets a star for their homemade flan, a traditional Mexican dessert. It’s creamy, caramely, and not overly sweet. Worthy of a stop even after you have eaten dinner elsewhere. The service here is also over-the-top friendly.
If you do happen to stop in for lunch or dinner, make sure you try the Mexico City street tacos and their beef broth soup with chickpeas. And don’t be afraid to ask for samples of their five different types of salsas — red hot, spicy guacamole, fire orange, pico de gallo, picked onions with habaneros — all made from scratch.
If there is a Maudie’s near by, a “best of” list wouldn’t be complete without including it. This place could stop serving everything, except for their famous queso and margaritas, and it would still be a force to be reckoned with.
Luckily, Maudie’s has a big menu full of cheesy, beefy, veggie deliciousness. They also have a nice Hill Country ambiance with an upstairs bar that has amazing views. This is the perfect place for a girls/boys night out with a Mexican flair.
Flores Mexican Restaurant – Lakeway & Trails at 620
Are chicken tenders not enough to keep your little ones distracted enough for you to enjoy a Mexican libation? Then Flores Mexican Restaurant steps it up for the kiddos with a playground for them to run around in. They also happen to make a world-class Mexican martini, with the perfect amount of salty/tart flavors to keep you happily sipping the afternoon away.
Also don’t forget to check out their weekend brunch with delicious omelettes, pancakes, and $2.99 mimosas on Sunday.
Hecho En Mexico – Steiner Ranch
If you’re craving some old school, gooey cheese, gravy smothered, traditional Tex-Mex, this is not the place. This is interior Mexican with an Oaxacan flair. You’ll discover unique and traditional flavors that you won’t find anywhere else in the Lake Travis area.
Besides the food, be sure to check out the selection of over 80 different kinds of tequila, specialty cocktails menu, and special events throughout the year featuring food and tequila pairings.
Mesa Rosa Mexican Restaurant – Lakeway
If you are in the mood for Tex-Mex, a specific blend of Mexican and Tejano cuisine, this is your spot in Lake Travis. The enchiladas have six different sauces to choose from and the fajitas are divine.
If the kiddos aren’t into Mexican food, it’s no problem here. They offer chicken tenders and burgers for the finicky palate. While they are happily eating their tenders, you can enjoy a happy hour margarita for $4.50.
I would love to be able to get the right kind of Mexican restaurant. There are so many different kind of restaurants there are. I would love to try all the different kind of Mexican food there is.