Tex-Mex cuisine—much like chocolate-covered strawberries or a T-shirt cannon that fires puppies—combines two of the best things in life to create something even greater. Celebrate this savory synthesis with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Tex-Mex favorites at Vivo. Combining the Old World recipes of founder Roger Diaz's boyhood with the sultry, art-adorned interiors of its East Austin and Lake Creek locations, Vivo captures a bygone spirit with a menu of modern Tex-Mex interpretations—earning it accolades from the Austin Chronicle. Amid the burbling fountains and lush plants of Vivo's outdoor deck, al fresco enthusiasts can nosh on beef enchiladas, whose beef picadillo rinses away the day's worries with an ancho-chili bath and melted-cheese conditioner ($11.95). Vivo's signature puffy tacos—featuring freshly deep-fried corn tortillas—are weighted with enough fresh ingredients to unlock terse taste buds or crush cartoon coyotes holding comically small umbrellas ($10.50).
The Manor Road location of Vivo was named Best Al Fresco Dining in the 2006 Austin Chronicle restaurant poll. The Austin Chronicle and Community Impact featured the Lake Creek location. Yelpers give the Lake Creek location an average rating of four stars, and nearly 270 Yelpers give the Manor Road location an average rating of 3.5 stars.
- The new Lake Creek location is obviously as popular as its mother ship on Manor Road, which has taken numerous Chronicle Restaurant Poll awards including Best Al Fresco Dining, Best Bathroom, and Best New Restaurant. – Anne Harris, Lake Creek location, Austin Chronicle
- I could literally drink their salsa, it's fire roasted and has just the right amount of heat. The chips that they serve with the salsa are light and a little fluffy, which makes them irresistible. – Mandy B., Manor Road location, Yelp
When Roger Diaz puts together a meal in his kitchen at Vivo Restaurant, he’s not just tossing fresh ingredients into handmade tortillas. He draws on three generations of family cooking, taught to him by his mother and grandmother before he could even reach the stovetop. These family recipes include tricks to puff up a tortilla by lightly frying it, as well as the ingredients to make the tortilla itself from scratch.
Roger’s colorful dining room and patio celebrate his heritage as well. Huge, colorful canvases bedeck the interiors, bright lanterns hang from the ceiling, and a portrait of Frida Kahlo surreptitiously tries to steal sips of frosty margaritas. Al fresco, the constant burble of fountains chatters beneath diners' conversations while ample potted plants and flowers create a fresh bouquet of scents to complement meals.