Adjacent to the Walgreens that's located at the intersection of Lamar Blvd. and La Casa Dr., is the best TexMex that Austin has to offer. It's named 'Maria's Taco Xpress'. Just an FYI - Tejano culture (Texans of Mexican heritage). It first came into existence when settlers began moving into what is now Texas and encountered Mexican culture. As more Americans settled in the area, Mexican food became more and more popular, and they began adding their own twists (like using ground beef).
Maria's Taco Xpress is what you want when it comes to TexMex. No kidding around. You'll enjoy these delicious tacos in the old school atmosphere surrounded by a happily diverse group of assorted Austinites, which unfortunately is definitely not the case at a lot of the newer spots around town. Making the place even cooler than usual on a recent Saturday morning was the lady selling really cool trinkets made my indigenous peoples in Southern Mexico and Guatemala in the courtyard, which only endeared the place to me that much more. I'll be back asap you should get there too, to get a glimpse of the Austin that inspired the masses to flock here in the first place, but is now fading beyond recognition more and more rapidly by the minute.
But what I think is a hidden gem on Maria's menu is the steak fajitas, either on a plate or as a taco. The steak is the most tender piece of meat you will have in your life. It cuts through your teeth like butter. It has a really nice Argentinean-style marinade, which is likely a reflection on Maria's upbringing. Just be warned: the fajitas for 2 is really fajitas for about 4. It's a huge portion!!!
You'll love it!
2529 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704