This stylish Southwestern fusion outpost started in Old West Austin and currently has three local locations, in addition to six across Arizona and California. Z'Tejas is popular for its upscale yet unpretentious vibe and attractively presented Southwestern dishes at fair prices. Try the jerk chicken Diablo pasta or Tex-Mex plates like the smoked-chicken poblano chile relleno. Portions are hearty, which we love, but the salads and small bites, like the grilled-shrimp and
guacamole tostada bites, are equally enticing. Peak hours can be noisy, with a good chance of a wait before being seated. The weekend brunch has diverse options like barbacoa breakfast enchiladas and chorizo pork scrambles.