A popular Mexican restaurant in Austin late night after hours is El Taquito. El Taquito Mexican Restaurant on East Riverside Drive serves Mexican food and tacos in Austin TX after hours seven days a week. El Taquito is open until 3:30 AM on Mondays, until 3 AM on Tuesdays, until 4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays and stays open until 4:30 AM on Saturdays. One of the best Austin restaurants after a late night downtown, the authentic Mexican tacos include barbacoa, carne asada, tripitas, carnitas, and al pastor. The salsa bar has a wide variety of salsas including tomatillo and tamarindo salsas. El Taquito also opens early at 7:30 AM serving breakfast tacos and breakfast plates.
Jovita's on South First serves up Mexican food and live music six nights a week. A large tree covered patio with an outdoor stage overlooks Bouldin Creek in the back and indoors there is another stage where often you can find some of the mainstays of Austin's music scene like the Cornell Hurd Band, Tex Thomas and the Danglin Wranglers, The Gourds, Flounders Without Eyes as well as up and coming musicians and touring acts like the Red Elvises.
The late Matt Martinez, a former Golden Gloves boxing champions, opened Matt's El Rancho with his wife Janie in 1952 with ten tables in East Austin. Since then Tex-Mex favorites like enchiladas and margaritas that Matt's first began serving over fifty years ago have brought fame and celebrity to one of Austin's favorite Mexican food restaurants. The chile rellenos are said to have been a favorite of President Lyndon Johnson. Still family owned and operated, Matt's is now located in a beautiful hacienda style location in South Austin that includes an outdoor patio and a private party room.