Step away from the crock pot and check out these five Austin queso meccas.
If you’re like me, and would like to avoid the war of the cheeses which inevitably just ends in scrubbing volcanic cheese residue off every pan in your household, check out these places around Austin that make incredible mouth-watering, creamy, delectable queso, and while you’re out, grab yourself a margarita to wash it down.
5. Chuy’s – Chile Con Queso
Chuy’s is an Austin institution. There are several other locations around town, including the original location on Barton Springs Road, and in 13 other states nationwide. Their chile con queso is not only scrumptious, it’s free during happy hour! So you can grab a bowl to go with your Dos Equis or the Chuy’s Perfect Margarita. That’s not my assessment, it’s called the “perfect margarita,” but it is pretty near perfect.
4. Trudy’s – Queso Especial
Those in the know add fajita meat to their Trudy’s queso especial. Beef fajita, guacamole and pico de gallo make this queso practically it’s own meal. Just be sure to save room for Trudy’s signature stuffed avocados!
3. El Arroyo – Build Your Own Queso
El Arroyo is so much more than a hilarious internet meme or a clever sign that changes daily. The downtown eatery is delicious, affordable and just plain awesome. El Arroyo is serious about Mexican food, and that includes the queso. Not only do they offer the standard beef and chicken, they also do shrimp, mushrooms, or serrano peppers (definitely wash those down with a cold libation).
2. Magnolia Cafe – Mag Mud
In Austin, you don’t have to venture to a Mexican restaurant to get good queso. Magnolia Cafe is an all night diner that serves up pancakes, huevos rancheros and burgers all made in a uniquely Austin way. The famous Mag Mud – so called because of the inclusion of black beans in the dip – is sure to cure any hangover.
1. Matt’s El Rancho – Bob Armstrong Dip
Family owned and operated since 1952, Matt’s El Rancho’s Bob Armstrong dip is so good it has even been featured in Texas Monthly. The South Lamar restaurant was a favorite of Texas politician Bob Armstrong, who in the 70’s requested Matt make him a special kind of queso. The dish was so inspired that it ended up on the menu, named for its first patron.