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ATX Cocina, Austin’s Hottest New Modern Mexican Restaurant Is Gluten-Free

July 18, 2017

ATX Cocina

We are truly spoiled to have another Modern Mexican restaurant in Austin. ATX Cocina just opened in downtown Austin near the 2nd Street District in the Northshore residences building. Executive chef Kevin Taylor meshes the traditional flavors of Mexico with ultra-fresh ingredients to create health-conscious and sophisticated pairings, from Mexico City–style street snacks to larger, shareable entrées.

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ATX Cocina’s watermelon tiki punch + el hefe carne asada has made my list of favorite meals in Austin! I’m having serious FOMO right now while writing this blog post – how did I miss the queso fundido and esquites (sweet butter poached corn)!? ATX Cocina isn’t marketed as a gluten-free concept but the waiter did let me know that everything on the menu is gluten-free.

Happy hour is every day from 4:30 to 6:30 with $3 off cocktails, wine, draft beer, and $4 off select menu items. Valet is complimentary so add ATX Cocina to your new restaurants to check out!


ATX Cocina


Start the meal with masa tortillas made from corn from Oaxaca, Mexico that was made thousands of years ago. The salsa trio is salsa verde, salsa arból, and smoked refritos.


ATX Cocina


We had a variety of cocktails that were all superb so I recommend you to drink your way through the cocktail menu. 😉


Beef tartare at ATX Cocina


Smoked bean, shaved egg yolk, and morita chili.


Crab tostada at ATX Cocina


Jumbo lump crab, corn, avocado, tomato, tomatillo salsa, and herbs.


El Hefe at ATX Cocina


Rib tomahawk, grilled cebollitas, roasted tomato, and smoked chile butter. Our favorite from the night at ATX Cocina! It’s a big portion that’s meant to be shared.


ATX Cocina


Valentina-brown butter, charred lemon, garlic-pequin crumb, and masa. Pro tip: use the corn tortilla that’s placed strategically at the bottom of the pawns to soak up all that yummy goodness.


Watermelon tiki punch


ATX Cocina only makes 6 of these a night and you have to have a party of 4 people to order one. I highly recommend calling ahead because they’re SO good. The watermelon tiki punch is a triple threat: vodka, tequila, and vodka. That’s 9 ounces of alcohol if you’re counting. It’s not vegan though, the chile salt sprinkled on top are smoked worms. If you are vegan or opposed to bugs, ask for the regular salt.


ATX Cocina


You can’t leave without dessert, I loved the abuelita chocolate!


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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