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Polvos Mexican Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Bouldin Creek, Austin
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  • Mitch
    MitchNovember 26, 2016
    For ten years, Polvos remains the best restaurant I've been to in fourteen states. Every meal has been my best meal - a Mecca for Mexican food.
  • Ed I.
    Ed IresonOctober 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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!:)
  • 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
  • Maggie C P.
    Maggie C Perkins5 days ago
    Been here 10+ times
    Fully addicted to their house frozen & salsas, also big thumbs' up to Choriqueso, Michoacan Guacamole salad, breakfast plate with Carne Guisada, Menudo on the weekends, and tacos on corn tortillas.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SidoraJuly 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Large portions. Pitchers of frozen margaritas. My favorite salsas in town. Fajitas or breakfast tacos are my go to orders.
  • Erika P.
    Erika PerziNovember 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Killer Mexican Martinis and kitschy vibe makes this a fun weekend spot. Love the brown salsa (salsa bar!), ceviche and enchiladas. Impressive seafood options.
  • Kat M.
    Kat MandelsteinSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • 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....
  • mike b.
    mike b.May 1, 2016
    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!
  • Storm H.
    Storm HollowayJuly 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Germaine W.
    Germaine WilliamsFebruary 28, 2016
    Even the fajitas have butter in them. So if you're vegan ask about them making it with water or oil instead.
  • Alfred M.
    Alfred M.March 10, 2016
    salsa bar, queso and the fajitas. oh and they made the tortillas on the spot. all outstanding. great little spot.
  • 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]
  • Trevor O.
    Trevor OlsonNovember 26, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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!
  • 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.
  • Anne L.
    Anne LMarch 30, 2014
    Mexican martini, guacamole + salsa bar, two enchiladas (one chicken + poblano, one beef fajita + chile con queso) = perfection.
  • Scott Y.
    Scott YoungbloodMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The salsa bar is well worth the extra cash. And if you plan on having the Mexican Martini, plan on calling a cab.
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BarreroSeptember 16, 2013
    The must try Awesome Mexican Cuisine! Killer location, deadly margaritas. A must do for the out-of-towners.
  • Ken C.
    Ken CagleApril 7, 2016
    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.
  • Thomas F.
    Thomas FunkSeptember 11, 2016
    Enchiladas Nopales are very good. The Nopales are a little light on seasoning, but well made. Recommended.
  • Manda M.
    Manda MosleyMay 9, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GriegoApril 14, 2012
    Wow, the spinach, potato and cheese breakfast taco was excellent!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Ken C.
    Ken CagleApril 7, 2016
    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.
  • Robert A.
    Robert AlanísOctober 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Although the menu seems to indicate otherwise, the huevos rancheros and the huevos corridos are actually the same thing. ;)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jairy G.
    Jairy GrisaffeSeptember 20, 2011
    Excellent food and the fire roasted salsa is outstanding. Just wish the music was lower on the inside.
  • Bam R.
    Bam RodriguezFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish tacos are not on the menu. ASK for it! 2 tacos plus rice. Yummo! Oh yeah, mango margs.
  • Alison
    AlisonJanuary 7
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to visit the salsa bar! Those carrots and jalapeños are sooo good
  • Melissa G.
    Melissa GeislerNovember 17, 2011
    Karla was my waitress she was awesome and their enchiladas are shuttled good. Guacamole is bomb too
  • Yurij B.
    Yurij BryndziaMarch 7, 2015
    Their enchiladas will bring you there, though their margaritas will convince you to stay longer
  • Mark B.
    Mark BarreraApril 18, 2015
    Their fajitas marinade is fantastic. Get the chicken and beef combo
  • Yola B.
    Yola BlakeNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order anything from the seafood part of the menu. They season everything perfect! Especially shrimp.
  • Rob
    RobSeptember 24, 2012
    Cheese dip is required as is hitting the salsa bar. Amazing food, great service.
  • DONALD M.
    DONALD MOORESeptember 25, 2013
    This is one of the greatest spots to enjoy with a large group of friends.
  • Jace D.
    Jace DeloneySeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best migas in town. Come early to beat the crowds!
  • Heather W.
    Heather WaldemarDecember 23, 2015
    They have great fajitas and salsas. I love the homemade tortillas too.
  • Brooke B.
    Brooke BOctober 14, 2012
    The salsas are great, as is everything else. The margaritas might knock you out.
  • Jamie K.
    Jamie KalinowskiSeptember 24, 2012
    The Fish Fajita's are Amazing,ESP on the patio with a pitcher of margaritas;)
  • Heather K.
    Heather KeithMay 5, 2012
    Mushroom and monterey jack tacos are awesome! I love meat, but these are spectacular!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AprilMarch 11, 2011
    Entrees are large and can definitely be split by two people! Chicken fajitas are very tasty as well.
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