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Trudy's North Star

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
North Shoal Creek, Austin
  • This Mexican restaurant is famous for their martinis. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • B(h)att W.
    "Must have the special queso and Mexican Martinis"(33 Tips)
    Caitlin D.
    "get the stuffed avocado with queso and refried black beans."(13 Tips)
    Mark B.
    "Get the French toast with the brunch buffet!"(4 Tips)
    Stephen R.
    "offers an AMAZING buffet brunch on Sunday until 2PM... Migas"(3 Tips)
128 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican martinis
  • stuffed avocado
  • margaritas
  • Mexican food
  • suiza sauce
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  • Sara L.
    Sara LovellOctober 11, 2014
    Great selection of food and drinks. The Mexican martini yielded 3-4 servings in a martini glass. Borracho beans are excellent with bacon as a side. I preferred the green salsa over the red one.
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HelmsApril 27, 2014
    Get the pastor fajitas. There is an option for a 1.5 order. Perfect for two. The pork is cooked perfectly; and comes with onions, peppers and pineapple. Yum!
  • Steve F.
    Steve FaddenJanuary 6, 2013
    Try the Tingua Suiza Relleno - Delicious tinga (shredded meat with savory sauce) in chile relleno covered with suiza (creamy queso). Don't think of the calories-- just enjoy!!
  • Jason L.
    Jason LesterJuly 15, 2013
    Trudy's is always consistent. There are many delicious items on the menu. The Pastor (pork) Fajitas are my favorite! Managers and staff are seasoned professionals.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveMarch 17, 2011
    Barbara Shallue of Long Hollow blog said Trudy’s is the best of Austin Tex-Mex. “Everything I’ve tried is yummy, but they’re famous for the stuffed avocado, and their Mexican martinis are amazing”.
  • Stephen R.
    Stephen RoyAugust 23, 2010
    Most people don't know this, but in addition to having an awesome normal menu, Trudy's offers an AMAZING buffet brunch on Sunday until 2PM... Migas, Waffles, Omelette's, ALL YOU CAN EAT BACON!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HuffMarch 12, 2013
    Parking can get rough during peak hours, but the food is great! Enchiladas don't taste fake & the stuffed avocado is amazing!
  • Julian A.
    Julian AndrewsJanuary 19, 2014
    The mojitos are made with fresh muddled mint and simple syrup...not a mix. Cuban style and I was riding high all night
  • Maxine O.
    Maxine OlefskyAugust 9, 2013
    Love the 4 dollar house margaritas. Perfect way to cool off during the summer while getting some cheap tex mex nomz.
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great margaritas - always a generous "pour." Also love the chile rellenos- try smoked chicken and cheese with suiza sauce
  • Maggie C P.
    Maggie C PerkinsMay 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    You know what's surprisingly DELICIOUS?!? That Gorgonzola Cream salad dressing. Touch of tarragon. A little goes a long way. Fantastic!
  • Kitjer
    KitjerOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Migas, brunch waffles, fish tacos, suiza smoked chicken enchiladas, queso especial, margaritas, flan, martinis. Still favorites. Service can be spotty, parking is worse. Go at off times.
  • Valerie F.
    Valerie FigueroaNovember 5, 2013
    The house Margarita's are the same as the house Mexican martini except they are cheaper and can have more :)
  • Meichen
    MeichenAugust 7, 2014
    Much better atmosphere than the campus location! More spacious and not as noisy so your conversations don't need to include shouting and repeatedly asking "what?"
  • Carter B.
    Carter BaileyApril 11, 2014
    Stuffed Avocado, Mexican Martini, breakfast bar. Every time I visit Austin, I go to Trudy's. It's that good!
  • Claire M.
    Claire MorrisAugust 25, 2011
    New on the menu are the Tinga Queso Verdes enchiladas. Do yourself a solid and order some. You can thank me later.
  • marii t.
    marii thompsonSeptember 14, 2012
    Beware....they cut you off at 2 Mexican martinis and they aren't even strong. So just buy a couple of beers and a couple of shots and get a better buzz.
  • Caitlin D.
    Caitlin DavisAugust 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    get the stuffed avocado with queso and refried black beans. and don't forget your mexican martini!
  • Tyrone B.
    Tyrone BixbyOctober 22, 2016
    Great spot for some pre-game drinks. Mexican Martini is tasty 👍🏽
  • Tracey C.
    Tracey C. 🍸August 21, 2016
    Mexican martini & street corn make a great dinner when you want a lot of flavor and a lot of booze. Yum.
  • Samantha L.
    Samantha LayMarch 14, 2016
    Absolutely love eating there. Go for your birthday and get a free martini mmmm....
  • Amanda D.
    Amanda DumondSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The fried avocado entree is a bit off on it's chicken to avocado ratio but the mini avocados are perfect.
  • Steph
    StephNovember 17, 2012
    If you want to sweeten a local favorite, order the Mexican martini with sugar on the rim.
  • Steve F.
    Steve FaddenJanuary 6, 2013
    Try the Green Chile Chicken Posole - Delicious soup with a spicy kick!
  • Carrie V.
    Carrie VossMarch 30, 2011
    We love love love Kasheta. She is the best server we've ever had there, and we go A LOT!
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BrantleyFebruary 1, 2015
    Love the Mexican martini, but be careful if you get more than two.
  • Brie G.
    Brie GAugust 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    When you have guests in town, you can't go wrong with the weekend breakfast buffet!
  • Bonnye B.
    Bonnye BauerleJune 28, 2011
    8 per table limit. Not amazing for large groups. :/ two mexican martinis and you stop caring though. :3
  • Spenser W.
    Spenser WaltersMay 5, 2013
    Do the avocado salsa as an appetizer. Tasty, cheap and refillable.
  • Noah N.
    Noah NattinMay 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    151 cuban mojito and a brownie a la mode (amy's mexican vanilla ice cream) is to die for
  • Caitlin D.
    Caitlin DavisJanuary 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The brunch buffet is great! And cheap brunch drinks!
  • Kendra M.
    Kendra MonkJuly 22, 2010
    I know everybody likes the Mex martini, but my LOVE is the CUBAN martini! Try it. It's really a giant mojito...but yum!
  • Linda M.
    Linda MeadowcroftOctober 8, 2010
    Holy jeez. The jalapeno cilantro aioli is delicious enough to drink! The fried cheesecake is full of win!
  • Glenn L.
    Glenn LindgrenJanuary 17, 2015
    Deep fried stuffed avocado. I know it sounds weird, but it tastes great.
  • Jason V.
    Jason ValdezSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place has really lost something... It's like the restaurant considers it a privilege that YOU get to come here and not the other way around like it use to be. Not excited when I come here anymore
  • Travis S.
    Travis ShirleyMarch 13, 2011
    Do yourself a favor and try the green chile chicken tacos, your life will never be the same!
  • Barry G.
    Barry GoberJuly 11, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Food used to be awesome, but after so many cost cutting changes it actually sux now. So disappointing for what used to be an awesome hangout.
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PetrichDecember 19, 2014
    Mexican Martini is really good here. So is the tortilla soup.
  • Juan M.
    Juan MApril 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Service is crap, as usual. Why do I come here? Location and hours makes this place the most convenient place to go after a performance. That said, I'm so used to it being crappy that I don't care:)
  • Christina C.
    Christina CastanonMarch 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Can i get some fajitas with my plate of onions?
  • Collin M.
    Collin McFarlaneMarch 5, 2015
    Fried Avocado Stuffed w/ Chicken!!!! OMG best thing ever! GET IT!!!
  • Miray S.
    Miray SancaktarAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best mexican martini ever! Cannot find anywhere beat here
  • michael w.
    michael wagnerApril 9, 2013
    Food was great (had the stuffed avocado)...but the service sucked, and the bartender with the beard was an asshole.
  • Ricky P.
    Ricky PerezNovember 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for drinks! Food is pretty good as well.
  • Kristen R.
    Kristen ReuterMay 6, 2013
    Sit at the upstairs bar if you have the time.
  • Stacy W.
    Stacy WimpyDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Mexican Martini's are the best! Get the Skinny, save on the calories.
  • Michelle N.
    Michelle NietoOctober 22, 2011
    come out on your birthday for a free drink with your mexican martinis
  • Mark B.
    Mark BarberApril 3, 2011
    Get the French toast with the brunch buffet! Best in town!
  • Erin B.
    Erin ByrneJuly 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Okay, sinful as it may be, get the stuffed avocado, and a top shelf mx tini!
  • Sarah I.
    Sarah IngargiolaJanuary 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Mango margarita, with a Corzo floater. Awesomeness in a glass. ;)
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie GoodmanAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
  • Anna W.
    Anna WeissDecember 12, 2014
    Classic spot - get the Mexican martini
  • Sheryl S.
    Sheryl SaturninoMarch 17, 2013
    $12 breakfast buffet! Also our waitress was still drunk
  • Lee H.
    Lee HughesMay 8, 2012
    They "can't" split checks, so don't bring large groups here.
  • Julie E.
    Julie EdmonsonApril 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Mexican martini and a stuffed avocado. Please and thank you.
  • Steve C.
    Steve CalkinsMarch 17, 2010
    Go for the stuffed avocado with verde sauce. One of my fave's for the past 15+ years!
  • B(h)att W.
    B(h)att WomanMarch 18, 2012
    Must have the special queso and Mexican Martinis
  • Rob M.
    Rob MiguelJanuary 28, 2012
    This place is over hyped and over rated, but if you have to go get the Blue Corn Shrimp. If your not allergic to shellfish.
  • E C.
    E CNovember 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    All bottled beers are a dollar on sunday. Best deal in town.
  • Maggie C P.
    Maggie C PerkinsMay 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Also. TWO MEXICAN MARTINIS ATE ENOUGH! What kinda lushes ARE you reviewers? Dang! 😉
  • Sean R.
    Sean RyanAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Sunday Brunch, people. Do it, die happy and do it again.
  • Kina
    KinaJuly 9, 2015
    Drinks were strong, food was good but nothing extraordinary. Bar scene, not the best service
  • Sai K.
    Sai KuchiJuly 17, 2013
    The best Migas in town.
  • Bruce C.
    Bruce CMay 4, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Sub the delicious hash browns for the rice. The do hash browns right!
  • Jason V.
    Jason ValdezAugust 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Stuffed Avocado with suiza sauce is awesome!
  • Synful Musings
    Synful MusingsJanuary 20, 2013
    Tasty food and very filling.
  • Trixee
    TrixeeMarch 12, 2012
    The Mexican martinis are a must!
  • gabby b.
    gabby bJuly 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    try the VEGGIE stuffed avocado!! <3
    4ELEVENAugust 24, 2012
    Mexican Martinis. That's all you need to know 
  • Scott M.
    Scott MontgomeryJune 13, 2010
    Wife swears by Mexican martini and stuffed avocado. Beef fajita tacos are awesome.
  • Trevor M.
    Trevor MorrisonMay 12, 2012
    The fish tacos are insanely good.
  • Bruce
    BruceDecember 27, 2013
    Free Mexican martini on your birthday, done!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WallingJune 5, 2011
    The chorizo stuffed chicken is legit.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyDecember 28, 2013
    Two words: Stuffed Avocado.
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RichardsonSeptember 2, 2013
    They don't split checks and want you to add up your order, gratuity and tax for each individual in larger groups. Staff was not help or accommodating. First and last time here!
  • Lucky M.
    Lucky MonkeyfishJune 8, 2012
    Silver fire margarita has a bit too much jalapeño flavor and not enough tequila flavor.
  • Mary C.
    Mary CazesMay 11, 2015
    The Sunday brunch is awesome
  • Fahad A.
    Fahad AlqattanJune 13, 2015
    Delicious food , friendly staaf
  • Josh L.
    Josh LloydSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch out for the lady who "isn't getting her food stamps till Tuesday" in the parking lot that "just needs money for spaghetti & milk for her kids". Caught her in a lie. She's also got my $5.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SuttleJanuary 24, 2014
    Brunch buffet. Do it.
  • Tanisha G.
    Tanisha GloudeDecember 21, 2014
  • Kristen M.
    Kristen McKlunkleSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come to brunch before 10:30- no wait!!
  • Trina H.
    Trina H.June 11, 2011
    $5 Mexican Martini's on Monday nights! W000T! Read more
  • Chris D.
    Chris DuelNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Mexican Martinis any where, any time!
  • DaddyPaulCrowley
    DaddyPaulCrowleyAugust 24, 2014
    Ciro's Special was straight money in the bank son.
  • Susy S.
    Susy StoneSeptember 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the original Mexican martini. Great weekend brunch
  • amanda r.
    amanda registerMay 22, 2012
    Delicious bloody marys!
  • Sarah I.
    Sarah IngargiolaNovember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mango margarita w/ corzo floater!!! Yumm
  • karen p.
    karen phanJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    No more Top Shelf Tuesdays! :-(
  • Jake M.
    Jake MorrisonJune 28, 2011
    Whatever you do, don't sit more than 8 to a table. For srs.
  • C C L.
    C C LiedeckeDecember 5, 2011
    Order a Mexican Martini!
  • Charlie M.
    Charlie McGintyMarch 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ciro's Special. Yum Yum
  • Steven W.
    Steven WyattDecember 13, 2011
    You can smoke in the upstairs bar.
  • Bill C.
    Bill CohnJanuary 16, 2016
    Breakfast and buffet.
  • Christie V.
    Christie VAugust 15, 2014
    Stuffed avacado
  • Melanie M.
    Melanie MitchellSeptember 4, 2013
    Don't serve lunch anymore!!! Seriously!!
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany CampbellAugust 28, 2014
    Mexican martinis!
  • Vickie C.
    Vickie CarrAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mexican martini...enough said!!!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WyattOctober 8, 2010
    Order a 911 shot, and tweet your thoughts
  • Ugly S.
    Ugly ShylaApril 23, 2015
    The nachos
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