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Mexican Restaurant$$
Today 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
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2004 S 1st St Austin, TX 78704
2004 South 1st StreetUSTexasAustin78704
$$Mexican Restaurant, Latin American Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Latin American Restaurant
Today 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am – 11:00 pmTuesday 7:00 am – 11:00 pmWednesday 7:00 am – 11:00 pmThursday 7:00 am – 11:00 pmFriday 7:00 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 7:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
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Bouldin outpost known for its margaritas, extensive salsa bar & large patio.- Google
"Decent Tex Mex, strong margaritas, great salsa and a cool porch."
"But then again, you can't have Mexican food without chips and salsa."
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Dennis Cao
a month ago
I finally made it here for a weekday lunch after hearing everyone rave about this place. Polvos does serve up some pretty decent Tex Mex - freshly made flour and corn tortillas, well seasoned sauces, and tasty drinks, but honestly it's nothing out of the ordinary for Central Texas. They do seem to do things a bit differently than the majority of other Tex Mex establishments out there. For instance, the biggest difference you'll see is that they don't offer complimentary salsa for the chips they serve you when you sit. They have a pretty large salsa bar, but it'll cost you a minimal fee to try them. Next they cook some established dishes a tad different from other joints. Like having their Al Pastor seasoning more liquid based then the more dry seasoning you'll mostly find elsewhere or how their Carne Guisada is covered in a red sauce rather than the typical meat gravy sauce. Their unique style will make it a tad bit more memorable, but I wouldn't say that it would make it tastier than the norm. All in all, a nice decent spot to get quality Tex Mex.
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Gavin Booth
7 months ago
Polvos was my first Tex Mex experience moving to Austin, and it remains my favorite to date. The tortilla's are homemade and delicious, they have an eclectic salsa bar, and the fajitas are bomb. The salsa bar easily beats every other Tex Mex restaurant I've been to and the addition of spicy pickled veggies make it even better. My favorite salsa is the roasted tomato as it gives the chips and fajitas a smokey deep flavor and it's crazy addicting. The #1 thing to order for yourself or for the table is the cerveza (beer) marinated steak fajitas with veggies. The meat is so flavorful and extremely tender. It's a huge order that taste great the next morning in a homemade omelet so don't hesitate ordering it because the leftovers are something you actually want. Get to the south first restaurant while checking out the growing street.
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Kevin Morris
a week ago
Fantastic food, parking and service. Will be back to try the Bloody Mary!
John G
7 months ago
You kinda get the feeling of inner Mexico here... It's not the cleanest (in fact, at times it can smell bad or feel gross), but the food is delicious. And just like in Mexico, the chips and salsa aren't free! Meh, it's not expensive, like 2.95. Decent salsa, but I've had better. But then again, you can't have Mexican food without chips and salsa. Reminds me of the kind of food my [Mexican] grandma made. Their Mexican martini's are like the nectar of gods. I think they put Everclear in it, cuz DAMN it goes down smooth but then when you stand up.... Yeah... sit right back down pal, you're not goin anywhere!
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Salvador Montenegro
2 months ago
This is not the best place in town for good Mexican food but it's not a dump either. The food is good and service is always top notch. It is a good blend of Tex-mex that hits the spot when you have a hankering for it. Their margaritas are very good and worth getting. Parking here can be an issue. Their lot if very small and with it's popularity you'll often find yourself parking in the neighborhood. It can be a bit loud inside so it's preferable to sit outside on good days. I think this place carries a certain nostalgia for a lot of people that raises it's popularity past where it should be but that's neither here or there. Check it out and you decide.
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Eardie Curry
6 months ago
This is my favorite place to eat Tex-Mex, in Austin. Our kids love their spicy taco meat and queso. My wife likes their Fajitas al Guajillo with peanuts and raisins. Their chorizoqueso with shrimp is definitely not swimsuit appropriate, but it is entirely calorie worthy! Their salsa bar is excellent, and their limonada is quite addictive. We typically go for lunch or early dinner. The one time I went late night, it was an entirely different clientele. Large parties of singles getting their "drank on". Different crowd, but everyone can find something good to eat, or drink, at Polvo's.
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J Catherine Thompson
6 months ago
The boytoy took me here, and I had some pretty tasty cheese enchiladas, guac and queso. The servers are top notch. Do it! You won't regret it!
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Caitlin Amthor
8 months ago
The margaritas here do not disappoint! Solid enchiladas! Solid fajitas! Good deals on drinks! This is a great place to meet up with friends and relax. Their patio is lovely and this is a pretty popular spot in South Austin, so keep your eyes out for friends. Overall, everything here is worth the price and I enjoy going to Polvos again and again.