I returned to Coyote Grill this evening, with friends. we were all pleased. One a vegetarian and the other Atkin's Diet (steak and veg, no carbs). What we loved: the iceberg lettuce salad with gorganzola dressing ($3.75, fantastic), the serano chile crab cakes ($4.50 as a 1/2 price happy hour appetizer-the best crab cake I can recall having, and I do know my crab cakes). The Aztec Soup was as far from any Aztec Soup I have known as it could be, but in a good direction; call it a great corn chowder. My friend liked his rib eye steak, tender and perfectly cooked. My vegetarian significant other had already tried the one veggie entre, a pasta primavera, so they made him a portabella mushroom enchilada on request. It was lovely to look at and he liked it, too.
This restaurant was empty. I really don't want to see it close. So everyone go try it and tell your friends. It is at 4th and Lavaca, south east corner.
I ate at Manuels last night. This restaurant never gets mentioned here, and recently a chowhound I respect and admire gave it a "not-recommended" rating. What gives? I defy you to find me about a better flauta in Austin, or a better soft taco, or a better plate of fried shrimp. Teriffic fajitas. A campachena to make one weep with joy, and 1/2 price at happy hour, as are all the appetizers. Nice tostsadas, interesting chile relleno (tho West Lynn still makes the best), solid rice and beans (black). What's not to recommend? This is a review of the downtown location, I don't love the north one as much.
So where have y'all tried lately?