Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Casa Maria is one of Austin’s best-kept secrets. Tucked away in a nondescript shopping center in a densely Mexican populated neighborhood on South 1st Street, it can be hard to find a parking spot on many weekend nights here as the restaurant is usually brimming with patrons. Try the al pastor tacos with the queso flameado as an appetizer. The highly regarded bakery attached to the restaurant means you won’t have to venture far for dessert; save room for the tres leches cake.