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Polvos Mexican Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Bouldin Creek, Austin
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  • Ed I.
    Ed IresonOctober 12, 2013
    Start with a frozen margarita. Best in town. More importantly, if you want to get away from the excellent Mexican Fresca that is ever-so-popular in Austin, then come try the fantastic Houston TexMex
  • Cassandra S.
    Cassandra SchloserSeptember 3, 2013
    Delicious tacos al pastor. Yummy!! Great margaritas too. My friend had enchilada & it was delicious. I would only go at off times because it gets crowded.
  • David P.
    David PittsMarch 10, 2015
    Salsa bar is awesome!! Can't go wrong with enchiladas, they were very good. If you have some time on your hands, get a pitcher of frozen margarita, quite tasty but hits like a truck
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 29, 2012
    Great prices & fast/friendly service! Their caldo de pollo can be quite addicting, learned this the hard way!;) Other must tries: their Chili Con Queso, the Ceviche, and all their fajita dishes!:)
  • Erika H.
    Erika HermannsNovember 24, 2013
    Killer Mexican Martinis and kitschy vibe makes this a fun weekend spot. Love the brown salsa (salsa bar!), ceviche and enchiladas. Impressive seafood options.
  • Natanya A.
    Natanya AndersonMay 21, 2010
    Guajillo enchiladas are wonderful. They are baked - the way they should be. Don't muck them up by adding meat. Go with straight-up cheese & onions. http://www.austinfoodlovers.com
  • mike b.
    mike b.May 1
    The pitcher of frozen margarita can't be beat! Tamales are super authentic, really can't go wrong if you're looking for true Tex Mex.
  • Amadita A.
    Amadita ArredondoJune 3, 2015
    LOVE their margaritas!!! The ceviche is delicious if you want something light. This place is perfect for a girls' night out, just order a pitcher!
  • Dianey S.
    Dianey SandovalDecember 12, 2015
    You must get the fajitas here!! The portion size is great and it comes with rice and beans!! The margaritas are great also....
  • Kat M.
    Kat MandelsteinSeptember 12, 2011
    They make awesome Mexican Martinis and love their salsa bar. Their small guacamole is enough for 3-4 people. Don't order the large unless you have a big group! Read more
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SidoraJuly 22, 2015
    Large portions. Pitchers of frozen margaritas. My favorite salsas in town. Fajitas or breakfast tacos are my go to orders.
    Upvoted Jul 22
  • Alfred M.
    Alfred M.March 10
    salsa bar, queso and the fajitas. oh and they made the tortillas on the spot. all outstanding. great little spot.
  • Storm H.
    Storm HollowayJuly 20, 2013
    Puerco adobado or quesadillas compuestas will do you very well. For the latter, try chipotle and queso sauces. I know what the fuck I'm talking about.
  • Trevor O.
    Trevor OlsonNovember 26, 2014
    The margaritas secretly have everclear in them! I love getting outta my mind and this is the place to get a pitcher and do just that!
  • Ken C.
    Ken CagleApril 7
    Bc we couldn't hear a thought in our minds. I mean would SHE want to sit there on a Friday evening at a long week of work. I get it, it's polvos on a Fri night but be for real.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 22, 2012
    Polvos is the only place to take out-of-towners who need to be figuratively punched in the face with Austin's diverse and youthful culinary spirit. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Thomas F.
    Thomas Funk2 weeks ago
    Enchiladas Nopales are very good. The Nopales are a little light on seasoning, but well made. Recommended.
  • Kate N.
    Kate NeuJuly 16, 2010
    This is hands down my favorite mexican/interior food in Austin. Endless bowls of fresh salsa and escabeche? Garlic infused fish tacos? Heaven.
  • Scott Y.
    Scott YoungbloodMarch 10, 2012
    The salsa bar is well worth the extra cash. And if you plan on having the Mexican Martini, plan on calling a cab.
  • Anne L.
    Anne LMarch 30, 2014
    Mexican martini, guacamole + salsa bar, two enchiladas (one chicken + poblano, one beef fajita + chile con queso) = perfection.
  • CultureMap Austin
    CultureMap AustinJuly 14, 2011
    We looooove Polvos queso. However, if you're still sitting in the parking lot until a table opens up, Polvos might take your drink orders while you wait!
  • Emily B.
    Emily ButlerNovember 4, 2012
    Margaritas are potent but delicious. Love the self-serve salsa bar. I got enchiladas and they were damn good.
  • Manda M.
    Manda MosleyMay 9, 2014
    Polvos, I love you. and I will always, but for the love of everything awesome about your patio, please stop turning into 'Club Polvos' at 8 pm. Music=too loud and crappy.
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BarreroSeptember 16, 2013
    The must try Awesome Mexican Cuisine! Killer location, deadly margaritas. A must do for the out-of-towners.
  • nathan a.
    nathan archambaultFebruary 20, 2010
    You don't need to know what a Mexican martini is. You just need to know this place serves the best Mexican martini around.
  • Jairy G.
    Jairy GrisaffeSeptember 20, 2011
    Excellent food and the fire roasted salsa is outstanding. Just wish the music was lower on the inside.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BakerMarch 17, 2014
    It's off the main strip but if you want some of the best Mexican food in Austin, this is your place.
  • Robert A.
    Robert AlanísOctober 22, 2012
    Although the menu seems to indicate otherwise, the huevos rancheros and the huevos corridos are actually the same thing. ;)
  • Kristin P.
    Kristin PhillipsMay 30, 2013
    Best Mexican food I have ever eaten! This is not your typical Tex Mex. Try the beef nachos!
  • Tara B.
    Tara Braas PassiniJanuary 11, 2014
    The only decent thing about this venue is their fish tacos, which is delightful for not being battered. The queso and ritas are frankly quite forgettable.
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AprilMarch 11, 2011
    Entrees are large and can definitely be split by two people! Chicken fajitas are very tasty as well.
  • Bam R.
    Bam RodriguezFebruary 9, 2012
    Fish tacos are not on the menu. ASK for it! 2 tacos plus rice. Yummo! Oh yeah, mango margs.
  • Germaine W.
    Even the fajitas have butter in them. So if you're vegan ask about them making it with water or oil instead.
    Upvoted Jul 22
  • Yurij B.
    Yurij BryndziaMarch 7, 2015
    Their enchiladas will bring you there, though their margaritas will convince you to stay longer
  • Melissa G.
    Melissa GeislerNovember 17, 2011
    Karla was my waitress she was awesome and their enchiladas are shuttled good. Guacamole is bomb too
  • Yola B.
    Yola BlakeNovember 16, 2011
    Order anything from the seafood part of the menu. They season everything perfect! Especially shrimp.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BarreraApril 18, 2015
    Their fajitas marinade is fantastic. Get the chicken and beef combo
  • John W.
    John WisemanMarch 9, 2010
    Amazing pickle/salsa bar. Don't fear the trailer-parky decor. This is THE spot for Tex-Mex in Austin.
  • Heather W.
    Heather WaldemarDecember 23, 2015
    They have great fajitas and salsas. I love the homemade tortillas too.
  • DONALD M.
    DONALD MOORESeptember 25, 2013
    This is one of the greatest spots to enjoy with a large group of friends.
  • Heather K.
    Heather KeithMay 5, 2012
    Mushroom and monterey jack tacos are awesome! I love meat, but these are spectacular!
  • Jace D.
    Jace DeloneySeptember 1, 2013
    One of the best migas in town. Come early to beat the crowds!
  • restlessnapkin.com
    restlessnapkin.comAugust 18, 2011
    Get a pitcher of margaritas and some salsa from the salsa bar then chill in the parking lot till your table is ready.
  • Jamie K.
    Jamie KalinowskiSeptember 24, 2012
    The Fish Fajita's are Amazing,ESP on the patio with a pitcher of margaritas;)
  • Octavius S.
    Octavius SosaAugust 11, 2013
    There is nothing small about this place . Very large portions . And all the wait staff are sexy latin men
  • Doug M.
    Doug MJuly 3, 2012
    Loud sorority girls. You'll probably hear Macarena played on the stereo. The red and black salsas are okay. Don't fill up on the pickled carrots or you won't want to order an overpriced entrée.
  • Rob
    RobSeptember 24, 2012
    Cheese dip is required as is hitting the salsa bar. Amazing food, great service.
  • Ken C.
    Ken CagleApril 7
    The salsa bar had more personality than our waiter and became clearly upbeat and chippy when he realized he forgot our order. He lucky I was enjoying my boos company so I wasn't tripping too hard.
  • Brooke B.
    Brooke BOctober 14, 2012
    The salsas are great, as is everything else. The margaritas might knock you out.
  • Darden R.
    Darden RiceAugust 18, 2014
    Great food. Great price. Loved the kitschy atmosphere.
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