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Old 09-01-2010, 09:13 AM
 
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Didn't know there was a Manuel's at the Arboretum. Is it as good as the one downtown?
What about Fonda San Miguel? Never been there. As good, better or not as good?
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The Arboretum Manuels is good. They have a nice outdoor patio. I haven't been to the downtown one in a long time so I can't compare.
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:02 AM
 
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Fonda San Miguel is much better but much more expensive. For interior, the best bang for your buck is El Meson on South Lamar or Burleson or Azul Tequila next to Targhetto.
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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the dishes at fonda san miguel are much more about "interior" mexican food vs. more tex-mex you'd get at manuels -- fonda san miguel is a great place for dinner though
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Old 09-01-2010, 02:35 PM
 
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Got it! Targhetto = Target.

Didn't really appreciate the difference between interior and border mexican food. Found this very educative article though:

Mexican Food 101: Tex-Mex or Interior? Austin Food - AustinChronicle.com
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Got it! Targhetto = Target.

Didn't really appreciate the difference between interior and border mexican food. Found this very educative article though:

Mexican Food 101: Tex-Mex or Interior? Austin Food - AustinChronicle.com
The simple difference is:

TexMex - Lots of beef, lots of cheese, yellow melty queso on most things. Usually identical spanish rice and refried (or Charro variants) beans as a side dish everywhere. Comfort food, essentially.

Interior - Other meats like chicken, fish, and pork. Less/no cheese, no yellow queso, sometimes queso fresca. Side dishes vary a bit more.
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Manuel's is awful and the majority of people are there for the patio and happy hour, not the food. Fonda San Miguel is one the best resturants in Austin and they have an amazing brunch. Check it out!
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Manuel's is awful and the majority of people are there for the patio and happy hour, not the food. Fonda San Miguel is one the best resturants in Austin and they have an amazing brunch. Check it out!
I disagree that Manuel's is awful, they serve good food, much better then a lot of places around town, but it is not on par with Fonda San Miguel, no question there.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:10 PM
 
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I disagree that Manuel's is awful, they serve good food, much better then a lot of places around town, but it is not on par with Fonda San Miguel, no question there.
I would agree with your disagreeing about Manuel's being awful . I also agree that while it's not awful, it's also not spectacular. It's pretty good and the price isn't too out of line. I've only been to FsM twice, once for Sunday brunch and I felt that it was way way way overpriced for the quality of the food. The second time for a sit down meal, and again, it was good, but I didn't think it was "all that". Full disclosure, any type of Mexican food (be it interior or tex-mex) is not high on my favorite list (I skew towards Asian).
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Made my first/only trip to Manuel's Arboretum almost two years ago(weekend brunch-type meal). Have driven past it many times since. We didn't sit on the patio so I can't comment on that experience; but, the food was uninteresting enough. Heck, might as well wait for a table at Chuy's .
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