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Fonda San Miguel

A Mexican restaurant in Austin, Texas.

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Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

  • Dec 14, 2010
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Cuisine: Authentic Mexican

Address: 2330 West North Loop Bvd Austin, TX 78756-2326   (512) 459-4121

Links: Fonda San Miguel Website

Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

 

Atmosphere: Fonda San Miguel was first opened in 1975 and remains one of the finest Authentic Mexican restaurants in the Austin area.  When you first walk in you are greeted not only by the friendly team of hosts, but also by a beautifully painted indoor courtyard, complete with skylight as well as chandeliers.  The main dining room is one big, open space with tables placed throughout.  The lighting is dim and romantic and all the servers wear tuxedo shirts and slacks.

Indoor Courtyard @ Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

Indoor Courtyard @ Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

There is a big bar area as well, with this adorable little sitting area off to one side.
Bar Seating @ Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

Bar Seating @ Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

What we ordered: My companion and I started with margaritas in the bar area while we waited for our table.  I had the House Margarita on the rocks.  Very delicious and stronger than most of the other margaritas I have had around town.  The chips were served hot and fresh, with both red and green salsas.

Chips, Salsa & Margaritas @ Fonda San Miguel

Chips, Salsa & Margaritas @ Fonda San Miguel

I wasn’t sure which entree to order because they all looked very good but pricey, so I asked the server for his suggestions. Everything that he suggested sounded delicious, but they were also the most expensive items on the menu.  I decided “heck with it!” and ordered the most expensive thing on the menu, the Carne Asada al Tampiquena ($33).  The thinly sliced grilled beef tenderloin was served with fresh guacamole and rajas (sauteed strips of spicy poblano pepper), along with a cheese enchilada and black beans.  I also asked for a side of tortillas to make my own tacos.  Very delicious but overpriced.  The cheese enchilada was also very good.
Carne Asada a la Tampiquena @ Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

Carne Asada a la Tampiquena @ Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

My companion ordered the Calabacitas Rellenas and a Chicken Enchilada Suiza.  The Calabacitas (zucchini) was baked with corn and Mexican cheese, then topped with a mild Jitomate sauce.  Amazing!  The chicken enchilada was also a big hit, and mild on the spicy-scale.
Calabacitas Rellenas @ Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

Calabacitas Rellenas @ Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

Chicken Suiza Enchilada @ Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

Chicken Suiza Enchilada @ Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

We shared the Tres Leches Cake for dessert.  We both agreed that it was good but definitely not the best.  The cake tasted a little dry, like the leches were added just before serving.  It was topped with an apricot fruit sauce and whipped cream.
Tres Leches Cake @ Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

Tres Leches Cake @ Fonda San Miguel ~ Austin, TX

 

Overall Impression: The atmosphere of Fonda San Miguel is beautiful and the Authentic Mexican food is delicious, but it seemed overpriced and the service was slow.  There are many other Mexican restaurants in the area that I would probably go to first if I were on a tight budget

This review was originally published on Twin Cities Restaurant Blog

 
 
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December 18, 2010
Oooooh, that tres leches cake looks divine. I'm a sucker for them and have been meaning to write a review on just that. Great review, K!
 
December 14, 2010
This place looks gorgeous inside. I love the attention to detail. And the food doesn't look too bad either:) Thanks for sharing!
 
December 14, 2010
That looks pretty cool. I think I saw this place in one of those Travel shows. I'll keep this place in mind when I visit Texas. Thanks!.
 
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