Multiple Locations (See Website)
Most location hours: Sun.-Thurs. 8:00am-10:00pm; 8:00am-10:30pm
A craving for Tex-Mex always lands us at Maudie's in Austin. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; they're kid-friendly, happy-hour-friendly and use the freshest ingredients in their consistently delicious Mexican cuisine. I have never been disappointed in Maudies. Far from greasy and heavy Tex-Mex, Maudie's serves up fresh fajitas, tacos, huevos, ensaladas y mas to a variety of Austin neighborhoods. Their menu caters to many diets: kids', vegetarians, omnivores and gluten-free diners. In my case, I have found that "eating paleo" at Maudie's is a no-brainer.
Maudie's gladly offers a gluten free menu. Their servers are trained and knowledgable on the subject, so you can be sure you'll be taken care of when you alert them of your preferences! They make it clear on their menu that they use "ALL NATURAL ANGUS BEEF, ALL NATURAL CHICKEN, PORK AND ORGANIC EGGS." While they don't guarantee grass-fed beef or pastured pork, their proteins are higher quality than most tex-mex joints.
One of my favorite things about Maudie's is that many of their cocktails can be made paleo-friendly. The picture below is of the bar at their newest location at the Triangle. I just think it is beautiful! Their drinks are made with Texas, homegrown spirits, which I think is really cool, especially at a time when Texas is cranking out some of the best booze around. Many of their signature drinks are made with infused tequilas, which I just ask for mixed with soda and/or muddled with fruit. Otherwise, you can't go wrong with a Maudie's mojito "sin azucar" (w/o sugar, for all you yankees).
What makes Maudie's especially paleo-friendly is their attention to gluten sensitivity. I mean, look: even the chips are quarantined in plastic so they have absolutely no gluten-exposure. All of their sauces are gluten-free. They have a totally separate GF menu, fryer and prep area to prevent contamination.
So what did we eat? My husband ordered the Spinach and Bacon Salad without cheese or tortilla strips. It is served with their cilantro vinaigrette. It was a delightful salad-- Simple and refreshing. Not the heavy meal you might expect when going out for Tex-Mex.
Little one and I shared the chicken fajitas for two. It comes with sautéed peppers and onions, lettuce, pico and their delicious guacamole. I just asked for no rice or beans on the side. Instead, I dunked my chicken in their chipotle sauce and salsa. Their signature salsa is my favorite of all the red salsa in Austin. It is tomato based with roasted red peppers and a hint of smokey chipotle. I eat it with a spoon when I'm there and then take some home to put on my next mornings' eggs. It's great.
Other things I like at Maudie's:
Fish Tacos w/o cheese or beans (I just eat the insides and skip the tortilla)
Tacos al Pastor w/o rice or beans: I love this achiote and pineapple roasted pork!
Maida's Salad with Shrimp (no cheese)
Either of the Chile Rellenos without cheese, rice or beans
And for the grand finale... the best part of the newest Maudie's at the Triangle is this:
If you have a kid, you get it.
Feel good song of the day: Heartbeats (cover by Ellie Goulding)