We lived in Austin for 16 years and Fonda San Miguel quickly became our regular choice for birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions. We were never disappointed. FSM is certainly somewhat expensive, so we'd choose the Sunday brunch buffet whenever possible and stuff ourselves silly on the wide variety of exotic dishes. As one should expect in Austin, FSM is vegetarian-friendly: the first time we ate there, we were completely unfamiliar with the various Mexican dishes, and the staff really went out of their way to make us comfortable and to ensure that nothing we ordered contained meat. The Sunday buffet is organized on four large tables in the center of the dining room: one is devoted to meat dishes and the other three are all meat-free (salads, "side" dishes, and desserts). I've never come away feeling less than completely satisfied, even with one side of the buffet excluded. (Particularly tasty: the nopalito salad.) Dinner is perhaps inevitably a bit of a letdown if you are a fan of the brunch buffet, due to the fact that it's still quite expensive but does not lend itself to fits of extreme gluttony. I always found the service to be very good, and the atmosphere is without compare. It's upscale but casual in that charming Austin way. A trip to Austin would not be complete without a stop at Fonda San Miguel.
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