Gosh, not sure the person who wrote the "canned bean" review is talking about the same place! Las Palomas is a locals' favorite. They make everything from scratch and actually aren't a "Tex-Mex" restaurant--they are more of an interior Mexican cuisine kind of place in a laid back setting. Check their website for the nights there will be live music--it adds to the warm, relaxing ambiance. My favorite dish is a special chile relleno stuffed with meat, nuts and raisins. We're also big fans of their mole, tres marias enchiladas, puntas ala mexicana or chipotle and caldo tlalpeno (chicken soup). Their Yucatan specialties with pibil sauce are delicious.
611 Trinity StAustin, TX 78701
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Every time I've been to this place, I've loved it. Although I have a bad memory for things I've ordered, I just remember loving their Cuban sandwiches and the 4-5 entrees I've tried. One nice thing about this place is that it's easy to book for large parties. Last year, right before Christmas when every restaurant in town was booked with large parties, Habana was able to get me in with a party of about 12 with no problems. Many of my friends hadn't tried it before and they all raved about it afterwards. The service was pleasant and the food came out in a timely fashion. Nice to know, they also have an outdoor patio for fresh air lovers. :)
This place is perfect if you want the opposite of tex-mex slop and are instead looking for delicious South American cuisine. Everything here is very good, even the rice and beans which are normally just there to fill up the plate at most restaurants.