7501 E. Ben White Blvd., Austin, TX, US, 78741

  • Phone: (512) 386-6000
  • Fax: (512) 386-6001
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4.2 out of 5 (102 reviews)
83% of guests recommend this hotel
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  • Restaurants

    »El Azteca Restaurant

    Classic Tex-Mex food can be difficult to find in this era of concept chain restaurants hawking bland versions of the real thing. Once you discover this place, however, you will search no longer. Basic, time-honored Mexican combination plates join ranks here with Interior Mexican specialties and an extensive selection of vegetarian choices. Cheese Enchiladas with Salsa Verde are so good, they're comforting, and classic Chile Con Queso cannot be beaten. Chile Rellenos, Fajitas and other standards are reliably tasty as well. Aztec heroes and heroines, emblazoned on black velvet, keep you company while you dine. Take home an Aztec calendar to remind yourself to return.

    2600 East Seventh Street
    Austin, TX 78702

    »Mr. Natural

    This family-owned vegetarian Mexican restaurant and bakery is fresh and authentic. Its location in East Austin makes it a bit out of the way, but the food is definitely worth your time. Try the tamales, vegetarian enchiladas, or the tacos, even meat lovers will leave satisfied. After your meal, have a sweet potato empanada, a smoothie, vegan cookies, a slice of pumpkin, cherry or strawberry pie, or a piece of cheesecake. Special orders for baked goods are welcome year-round. Mr. Natural is also a full-service natural foods and vitamin shop, where you will find a variety of herbs and supplements.

    1901 East Cesar Chavez Street
    Austin, TX 78702

    »Curra's Grill

    Authentic, healthy-tasting Mexican food coupled with a laid-back atmosphere make Curra's Grill a great South Austin institution for any meal of the day. Its unique sauces and dishes are homemade and nicely run the spectrum from mild to spicy. Live music is featured on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as Sunday afternoon. The crowd is usually festive and lively. Try the cochinita pibil, the foremost traditional dish of Yucatan, which features shredded pork served on a banana leaf with plantains. There are many fresh seafood offerings, including Camarones Chihuahua, shrimp sautéed with goat cheese and guajillo peppers.

    14 East Oltorf Street
    Austin, TX 78704

    »Iron Works Barbecue

    The old Weigl family iron works no longer forges metal, but a tasty assortment of fine Texas barbecue. With walls adorned by branding irons, the motif is quintessentially Western, perhaps for the benefit of conventioners from the nearby convention center. At the counter, order your choice of sliced beef, chicken, beef ribs, pork ribs, pork loin and sausage for a two-meat combo plate completed with sides of potato salad and beans. Or make your choice of meat by the pound. The spicy sauce is a tangy counterpoint. And if you are craving barbecue somewhere far away, note that Iron Works ships their goods anywhere.

    100 Red River Street
    Austin, TX 78701

    »The Cafe at the Four Seasons

    In Texas, the best, most creative restaurants often meld Southwestern flavors with tried-and-true European dishes to conjure up a new cuisine entirely. So it is at this hotel restaurant, which consistently tops the list of Austin's best. Try the restaurant's specialty, to see how traditional blends with Texas flavors: Focaccia Crusted Pork Tenderloin served with Texas Ruby Red grapefruit and a citrus beurre blanc. But it is not just the centerpiece of a meal here that is outstanding. From the basket heaped with four types of bread and three flavors of butter to the sumptuous creme brulee, the food is consistently well conceived and perfectly executed. The atmosphere is soothing and sophisticated, and the people watching is unparalleled; everyone from visiting celebrities to politicians to high-tech execs dines here.

    98 San Jacinto Boulevard
    Austin, TX 78701

    »Mongolian Barbecue

    Where else can you handcraft your own delicious Asian stir-fry? At this downtown location, you choose frozen meats and vegetables to top with any combination of sauces and seasonings. The cook then grills it all in a gigantic metal wok as you watch. It is a tasty and unique experience.

    117 San Jacinto Boulevard
    Austin, TX 78701

    »El Sol y La Luna

    El Sol y La Luna has some of the best Mexican food in the city. This establishment certainly serves the best Mexican breakfast with items like their huevos rancheros, migas and breakfast tacos. Their Posole, a chicken soup with a masa broth, is heavenly and is worth a try. Their enchiladas and tacos are also a tasty treat. A large patio beckons on fine days, and the inside dining space is cool, light and comfortable, with a sun-moon-and-stars mural on the floor and overhead. Relax in the morning with a coffee and a taco, and at night with a bottle of beer and some mole poblano. This isn't just a fabulous eatery. There are live music and events had at this hub of culture and community.

    600 East 6th Street
    Austin, TX 78701

    »El Mercado

    The sombreros and parrots, mixed with the Mexican music in the background, could fool diners into thinking they stepped into a fiesta. This good old-fashioned restaurant is serious about its Mexican food, served with a progressive touch. From breakfasts of huevos, rancheros or migas to dinners of grilled chicken, shrimp, fajitas and more, the food here does not fail to satisfy. The atmosphere is casual; the patio is terrific and the hot sauce is great.

    1302 South First Street
    Austin, TX 78704

    »Casino El Camino

    Besides its great name, this bar is a fabulous place to grab a beer. Casino El Camino also features one of the largest burgers this side of the Mississippi. The jukebox is always crammed with your favorite rock 'n' roll hits, and the staff is very friendly. The lighting inside is subdued, and patrons enjoy the outdoor patio featuring its own birdbath.

    517 East 6th Street
    Austin, TX 78701

    »Stubb's Bar-B-Q

    Besides providing some of the best barbecue in town, Stubb's Bar-B-Q has a huge outdoor venue that can host rock concerts. A brainchild of Christopher B. Stubblefield, the original Stubb's Bar-B-Q was set up in Lubbock; when it shut its doors this Red River location kept up the Stubb tradition of providing delicious barbecued meat, chilled beer and rocking music. Family platters are also served here. Come early to get a bite to eat, then stay and watch the shows.

    801 Red River Street
    Austin, TX 78702

    »Paradise Cafe

    Located on Sixth Street amongst the action, this space offers a great beer selection and complete bar with a full service restaurant. You can satisfy your hunger pangs here as late as midnight. The casual atmosphere has remained since it was opened in 1981 as the city's first "fern bar"; enjoy all of the fabulous ferns. Appetizers include Fried Calamari served with a marinara sauce, Potato Skins covered in cheese, and Peel & Eat Shrimp; steamed, seasoned and served chilled. Main entrees include a variety of tacos and Southwestern dishes, salads, sandwiches, burgers, Chicken Parmesan served over garlic-basil fettuccine, Cajun Catfish served broiled or fried and even a Gardenburger.

    401 East Sixth Street
    Austin, TX 78701

    »Iron Cactus

    This three-story bar is home to one of Austin's best margaritas. Relax on the rooftop bar and watch the crowd meander up Sixth Street, or sit downstairs as the crowds bustle past the huge windows. Patrons enjoy live music at night and during the day, the full-service Southwestern restaurant provides a convenient range from late lunch to happy hour, or dinner to dancing.

    606 Trinity Street
    Austin, TX 78701
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