Austin >Food & Dining > Mi Madre's
2201 Manor Rd, Austin, TX | Directions 7872230.284289 -97.719143
Neighborhoods: Upper Boggy Creek
This is old school Austin, they don't mess around. Chill, friendly vibe. They are known for their tacos. Come on the weekends for brunch with mimosa and bloody Mary specials.
Great breakfast spot! – So after a long debate in my living room last night about the best breakfast tacos in East Austin...Mi Madres won!
But don't take our word for this- go grab one and see for yourself.
Not as fancy as the newer taco place down the road (chilito) but more of a standby with classics on the menu.
Delicious Food, Friendly Service – Mi Madre's is a great breakfast/brunch/lunch spot. The food is great: their breakfast tacos are some of the best I've had in Austin. Some breakfast tacos can make me feel a little queasy in the stomach; something about the ratio of the cheese to the other ingredients perhaps, or maybe the way the beef is cooked. I've never felt this way about Mi Madres' tacos though: they are always delicious and crave-able. They're pretty big too! I also love the sopapillas (toasted fried bread sticks sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar and honey on the side for dipping) and the Mexican hot chocolate.
The staff is fabulously friendly and very professional. I have never felt neglected or hurried at Mi Madre's, even when they're packed and have customers waiting to get in. I have noticed that the woman who is often behind the register is a little cooler than the other staff members, but, as another reviewer mentioned, her coolness is only noticeable because the rest of the staff is so friendly and cheerful. Frankly, if you're going to give a restaurant with amazing food and fabulous staff only three stars because the cashier was cold toward you, then perhaps you're the reason for her taciturn service!
I also love the venue at Mi Madre's: the front of the business has five little tables set up diner-style, but then you go through the back and there's a large inside room with bigger tables and a more family-oriented atmosphere. Go through a little futher, and there's outside seating on the shaded patio, and the vibe out there is king of hip and "Austin-weird". Speaking again to the amazing service of the staff, I have not noticed a difference in service no matter where I sit.
The only negative thing I would mention is that they're not open later; I'm definitely not a night owl, so Mi Madre's is often closed by the time I'd like to eat there. They're so good though, I might start getting up earlier!
This place is my living room. With migas. and salsa. and dynamite vegetarian beans. – Ok, I eat here all the time and have for years and love love this place like my own home.
In terms of food:
SALSA, THE BEST REFRIED BEANS (they say they're vegetarian--yee haw!), MIGAS TACOS (on corn)!!!
And it all comes out of the kitchen pretty lightening fast and hot.
Prices have gone up but I'm still loyal.
The staff is amazing. I don't know why that guy said the owner woman was so rude beyond rude-- She's great. She has perhaps a cooler vibe than most everyone else in there, but it's her style. He must have royally disturbed her. She knows all her regulars by name and, really, her coolness is just relative cause everyone there is so damn nice and helpful. Her husband is a teddy bear. I love that staff. They are so attentive and warm and also know all the regulars names (and there are a LOT of regulars).
The atmosphere is so relaxing and enjoyable. Make sure you take advantage of the back dining areas as it seems many think the restaurant is only in the front; and I believe the back patios are really where the magic happens. The staff doesn't flinch if you walk in by yourself and stay at a booth for 2 hours or if you comedown on the place with 20 of your closest friends and their newborn babies. They really role with it and NEVER serve you a plate of attitude. It's a good place for meetings, too, cause even when it's crowded it's always possible to hear and have conversation.
If you're on the run, CALL IT IN!
It's so convenient and everyone loves the friend who shows up with a bag of Mi Madre's tacos.
It's true, there's lots of hipster taco places popping up all around East Austin. NOTHING beats the sweet piece of life that is Mi Madre's. It's the first stop for ex-Austinites on the way into town, and the last stop on the way out.
Over and over.
Migas Review by The Melbourne Method – Mi Madre?s is another restaurant that is fond of the tactic that I hereby dub ?thirding,? what this type of serving represents is when you order Migas and they take up only a third of the plate. Thusly the Migas had roughly a third of the plate to themselves and while they were certainly piled higher than the beans (not so much with the potatoes) they were hardly dominating the plate.
Two forces were at work within the Migas: cheese and chips. Indeed the mound of Migas looked like a treacherous iceberg with vicious tortilla points poking out to stab your gums. Now it is worth noting that the tortilla chips were plentiful and were still extremely crunchy, and that they certainly had not skimped on the cheese. But there?s a problem ?you see, I haven?t mentioned any eggs yet. And rightly so because the proportion of chips to cheese to eggs was wildly off. The tomato and jalapeno chunks were easier to find than the eggs (and were very fresh). Frankly put the Migas at Mi Madre?s were more like a big plate of nachos with some eggs thrown in, than a plate of Migas. I know I?ve mentioned in reviewing other Migas that it is important for there to be lots of chips and cheese but the primary ingredient in Migas needs to remain eggs, and sadly Mi Madre?s Migas were lacking in that department. As for the sides: the creamy spicy beans were indeed creamy, spicy, and went mostly uneaten (though mixing them with some of the chips helped strengthen my nachos viewpoint). The potatoes were rather simple sliced and cooked potatoes which were made quite fine with some salt and pepper, and while they were not stellar breakfast potatoes they were not deceptive looking. Unfortunately those Migas looked delicious at first but beneath that thick blanket of cheese were no eggs. Deception!
Migas Score: 2 out of 7
See more of my Migas reviews at www.themelbournemethod.blogspot dot com
The Crown Jewel in Breakfast Cafes – The one thing about Mi Madres is that their fame precedes it . You know the food is great before hand. Our Breakfast-runs at work were preferably destined to Mi Madres even if it is a little out of the way from downtown ATX. They've recently added fruit-cups to the menu and salads. SO smart and thoughtful to give options to the health conscious. The staff is nice, friendly and personable. The owners (the wife and husband) are delightful, always happy to see you, chatty & know their customers by name.
EXcellent tacos made by real people – Mi madre's is an eastside land mark that has awesome breakfast tacos. But it doesn't stop there they have Mexican specialties that are sometimes hard to find elsewhere like barbacoa, milanesa, machacado, Cafe de olla, and their Sunday special Mexican Chocolate Waffle (to die for). I can't even believe what the last reviewer said. The family is great and the atomosphere is one of a kind and a true "Austin" restaurant. I have to admit that I go there a lot for the guisada with sour cream taco and the breakfast quesadilla. I'm sure you will love it and don't forget to check out the quirky patio outside with all the beautiful plants.
one rude apple spoils the bunch – To start off, I have to say the tacos at mi madre?s are terrific. Good stuff. The servers are all cheerful and sweet. The owner lady who works the register?
RUDE RUDE RUDE! It?d be one thing if she was quirky rude like many iconic neighborhood personalities who I?ve experienced on the east coast, alas. This woman just seems bitter that she has to be there taking your money. It?s a terrible thing when someone looses sight of something so inherent to his or her business. I can only imagine what it must be like to work with this person. The staff has my sympathies?chilito next door has my business.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – A local favorite of early risers craving authentic Tex-Mex grub such as breakfast tacos and enchiladas.
Best Breakfast Tacos and the nicest people – Mi Madre's has delicous, inexpensive breakfast tacos and the friendliest family staff you would ever want to meet. We live in the nieghborhood and absolutely love to go for tacos and coffee. They just expanded their hours to Sundays, too! Don't wait until too late in the day, though - they close at 2 PM. If you're an early bird like me you should know they open at 6 AM weekdays! Such good food you can't go wrong! (...and no, I don't work there and I'm not related to the owner, I just think they're great...)
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