Satisfy your Latin American food cravings with these 3 Austin newcomers

If you've got Latin American fare on the brain, you're in luck: we've found the freshest Austin eateries to quell your cravings. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for Latin American food.

Monitos Mexican Grill & Cantina

8127 Mesa Drive, B200

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Monitos Mexican Grill & Cantina is a Mexican spot.

Tacos are the star of the show at this eatery. Try breakfast tacos like one stuffed with chorizo, egg and cheese or, if you want spicy fusion fare, go with the Brushfire with Jamaican jerk chicken, mango and grilled jalapeños. Other noteworthy taco options include Mr. Orange with blackened salmon, grilled corn and black bean relish and cotija cheese. Sides include queso and chips, refried black beans, Mexican rice and street corn. (See the full menu here.)

Monitos Mexican Grill & Cantina's current Yelp rating of 3.5 stars out of five reviews indicates the newcomer is finding its way, but it's still early days.

Yelper Dan A., who reviewed Monitos Mexican Grill & Cantina on January 15, wrote, "They have a wide selection of $10 lunch meals which should appeal to just about everyone, including vegetarians. The chips were hot and fresh and the salsa was to my liking. I particularly enjoyed the chicken enchiladas, and the tacos were quite good...if you live or work near here, you should definitely try it out!"

Onyema O. noted, "My girlfriend and I came here on just a random Thursday night. We were very much impressed. The atmosphere is incredible, the food is wonderful and authenticity is spot on. The specialty cocktails: Try the Mezcalita. Great food. Great people. Outstanding service!"

Monitos Mexican Grill & Cantina is open from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. on weekdays and 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m. on weekends.

Torchy's Tacos

5900 W. Slaughter Lane, Suite 550,

PHOTO: TORCHY'S TACOS/YELP

Torchy's Tacos is a breakfast and brunch spot, offering tacos and more.

Tacos are the star of the show at this eatery. Try breakfast tacos like one stuffed with chorizo, egg and cheese, or, if you want spicy fusion fare, go for the Brushfire with Jamaican jerk chicken, mango and grilled jalapeños. Other noteworthy options include Mr. Orange with blackened salmon, grilled corn, black bean relish and cotija cheese. Sides include queso and chips, refried black beans, Mexican rice and street corn. (See the full menu here.)

Yelp users are still warming up to Torchy's Tacos, which currently holds three stars out of 54 reviews on the site.

Joe L., who reviewed Torchy's Tacos on March 11, wrote, "WOW...where has Torchy's been all my life? First off...the Hillbilly Queso is AWESOME!!! I went with The Wrangler, Baja Shrimp, and the Roscoe. All three were delicious but my favorite of the three...the Baja Shrimp!!! Washed it all down with a Zoe Pale Lager that had great flavor."

Yelper Ali M. noted, "Very family-friendly [with a] lively packed atmosphere, delicious margaritas, and awesome tacos...Ask for The Secret Menu, which is INCREDIBLE, and full of all the ridiculous add-ons (bacon, queso, diablo sauce, and other marvelous caloric wet things) that make tacos the way I like 'em."

Torchy's Tacos is open from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday.

Chispas

214 W. Fourth St., Downtown

Photo: Natalie R./Yelp

Chispas is a Tex-Mex spot, offering tacos and more.

Get your fill of street-style tacos, with 14 options ranging from barbacoa and fish to butternut squash and tofu. Starters include avocado tostadas and nachos. If you're thirsty, menu items pair well with drink offerings like margaritas, Mexican and domestic beers, or a glass of wine. 

With a 3.5-star Yelp rating out of 46 reviews on Yelp, Chispas is still finding its way, but it's early days.

Yelper Jonathon G, who reviewed Chispas on March 30, wrote, "This place is a gem! The tacos were great, not to mention the flour and corn tortillas were homemade. And if you've been to Austin that is rare to find. The frozen Paloma and chips and queso hit the spot. I plan on going back for happy hour."

Daniela K. noted, "With all the amazing food and drinks I had wish I could give Chispas 10 stars!  Honestly EVERYTHING was delish!...the margaritas were on point! Prickly Pear and Paloma Rita's for the win. I can't forget to mention the handcrafted cocktails, because those were also so YUMMY! (Try at least one, you won't be disappointed)."

Chispas is open from 11 a.m.–midnight on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–2 a.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–2 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday.


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