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The Daily Meal
America’s 50 Best Mexican Restaurants
May 14, 2014

“…it anchors the city as its premier Mexican restaurant institution.”

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Sydney Morning Herald
Appetite for Austin
March 22, 2014

“For real Mexican, rather than the Tex-Mex hybrid, Fonda San Miguel is acknowledged as one of the best in the country.”

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Zagat Austin
Where to Brunch: Fonda San Miguel
January 10, 2014

“…at Fonda, it means that the main dining room transforms into a wonderland of goodies on four giant tables: an assortment of guacamoles and ceviches, breakfast entrees like migas, different meats like cochinita pibil and a plethora of sweets like flan and cookies. Add to that a fabulous design, especially in the bar area – with lush plants, colorful tiles and even a parrot – and you have a beautiful way to start your Sunday.”

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Eater Austin
The 38 Essential Austin Restaurants
January 7, 2014

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CultureMap Austin
Where to Eat in December: 10 Go-To Restaurants with Holiday Cheer
December 5, 2013

…I still associate its combination of warm, truly artful decor, the rich flavors and textures of its food and the focus on hearty, filling but subtly flavored dishes with the comforts of family and home.

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Eater Austin
18 Austin Bars with Great Happy Hours
November 1, 2013

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Austin360
The Staples of our Dining Scene
October 31, 2013

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CultureMap Austin
Our Picks for the Best Desserts in Austin to Celebrate National Dessert Day
October 14, 2013

Flande Almendra at Fonda San Miguel
No feast at this interior Mexican locale is complete without stealing a few bites of the Flande Almendra. Rich and creamy, this silken dessert offers the sweet and bitter balance of caramel and a hint of citrus aromatics.

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USA Today
Classic Places to Eat in Austin
September 16, 2013

An Austin tradition, Fonda San Miguel has been serving interior Mexican cuisine to Austin families for more than three decades. Set amid a central Austin neighborhood and adorned with luscious works of Mexican art, this gourmand’s paradise began as a way to showcase the recipes of one of the owner’s grandmothers. Known for its mole, Acapulco-style ceviche, lavish Sunday brunch, and killer margaritas, Fonda San Miguel proves that Tex-Mex is not the “whole enchilada” when it comes to Mexican food.

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Travel + Leisure
Best Mexican Restaurants in the U.S.
April 2013


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Zagat Blog
Best Mexican Restaurants in Austin
April 30, 2013


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Vogue
Crib Sheet: Where to Go in Austin During SXSW
March 15, 2013

Fonda San Miguel
The garden is lush with native plants, local farms supply many of the ingredients, and the stately yet bright and colorful hacienda decor and standout Mexican-interior cooking (lobster-and-mango ceviche; a believe-the-hype brunch) will transport you straight to Guanajuato.

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Black Card Magazine
In Salsa Veritas
Spring 2013

Ask any chef worth his diced jalapenos about the first restaurant owners in Texas to serve authentic, traditional Mexican cuisine rather than Tex-Mex, and the answer will be Tom Gilliland and his business partner/chef Miguel Ravago.

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Dallas Observer
30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die
January 17, 2013
Since Fonda San Miguel opened in 1975, no other restaurant in the United States has been more important in shaping the often-nebulous definition of Mexican food.

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USA Today
Local Restaurants in Austin, Texas
Acclaimed as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the country serving authentic interior food, the restaurant features the complex classic moles and pipians; the rich sauces that enfold meats and fish in Mexico; and a wide variety of antojitos (appetizers), tamales, enchiladas and chiles rellenos

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CultureMap 
Dining Picks
June 4, 2012
With almost 40 years under its belt as Austin’s definitive interior Mexican restaurant, Fonda is one of the few restaurants that has maintained a standard of consistency in excellent food and service in a beautiful atmosphere.

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Austin Chronicle
Top 10 Food and Drinks Keeping Austin (Real) Mexican
January 6, 2012
Speaking of wine and Mexican food, nobody does it better than Fonda, whether through organized dinners with winemakers from various regions around the world or through its well-chosen wine list and a staff that can properly recommend what to drink with those moleenchiladas.

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Daily Meal
101 Best Restaurants in America
February 17, 2011
In a town full of great Tex-Mex places, Fonda San Miguel stands out for its superbly made “interior Mexican” food, from tacos al pastor and spinach salad with toasted pasilla chiles and panela cheese to Gulf shrimp in chipotle cream sauce and crêpes filled with goat’s milk caramel.

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Wall Street Journal
Take Monday Off: Austin
January 22, 2011
The Spanish-style décor—tall beamed ceilings, leather upholstered high-backed chairs around heavy wood tables—aptly suits the incredible enchiladas, and the Michelada comes DIY, as in, add your Tabasco and Worcestershire as you go.

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Travel Channel
Austin Foodie Foray

About 30 years ago, Miguel Ravago dreamed of a place where he could showcase his grandmother’s recipes and bring the true flavors of Mexico’s interiors to the populace. Along with partner Tom Gilliland, he opened Fonda San Miguel, adorned it with abundant art pieces by emerging Mexican artists, and began an upscale Mexican tradition that’s as revered today as it was then.

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Texas Monthly
Let’s Have Mex-Tex
December 2010
Fonda remains the grande dame of interior Mexican cuisine in Texas.

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