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Matt's Famous El Rancho

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Matt's Famous El Rancho Review

Opened by the Martinez family in 1952, this South Austin landmark does old-school Tex-Mex extremely well, and you'll hear few complaints from diners. Combination dinners are many and varied, with all the usual standbys: enchiladas, tamales, crispy tacos, and more. Diehards swear by the chiles rellenos and old-fashioned tacos. The expansive dining room can get noisy at peak hours, but the large outdoor patio is pleasant in good weather. Be sure to strike up a conversation with the staff—some employees have worked here for decades.

    Restaurant Details

  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Tues.
Updated: 02-04-2013

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    Great Tex-Mex in Austin...

    Given what it is, the food is always consistent and great-tasting, and the service is perfectly fine. The best 'ritas in town, and the best chicken fajita chili relleno! Super fun atmosphere!

    by mbdog1, 6/3/08
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    Well past its prime

    I can list page after page of good Tex-Mex in Austin that surpasses this place. Only the nostalgic eat here.

    by Austinreader, 4/27/08

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