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Uncle Julio’s Opens in Downtown Austin

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After 27 years cooking up fine Tex-Mex fare, the nationally acclaimed restaurant is finally bringing its flavor to the capital city.

by Courtney Bell

The first Uncle Julio’s opened up in Dallas in 1986, and after a journey up and down the east coast, 27 years later it’s getting back to it’s roots with the newest location in the capital city. The Austin location boasts brightly colored walls, a sunroom with accordion windows opening up to Third Street, and a 35-person private dining room.  This Uncle Julio’s marks itself apart from the other 17 locations with a fresh tortilla maker in the middle of the dining room.

You wont be disappointed with the fresh-ingredient Mexican fare offered here as Todd Conger, president and CEO of Uncle Julio’s, brought a fully trained kitchen staff from his other, more seasoned restaurants to ensure the best quality of food is served up to Austin eaters from the get-go. Speaking of staff, Uncle Julio’s provides such a positive and friendly atmosphere that 60 percent of their service staff volunteered to travel with them out to Austin–coming from Maryland, Virginia, Illinois and other parts of Dallas to open this 10,000-square-foot restaurant.

Come on down to the corner of Third and Brazos streets to try one of their house margaritas, shaken to order with premium tequila and fresh-squeezed lime juice or their mesquite-wood-grilled fajitas. Make sure you save room for dessert because all are made in-house and satisfy the pickiest sweet tooth. The Cajeta is a house creation of vanilla ice cream, toasted coconut, pecans and homemade caramel sauce. It’s the perfect end to a family fiesta served with a side of whip cream. 301 Brazos St., 512.815.2100

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