**This is a Mini Review while working in Austin, TX this summer**
Cuisine: Authentic Mexican
Address: 2330 West North Loop Bvd Austin, TX 78756-2326 (512) 459-4121
Links: Fonda San Miguel Website
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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