Tio Loco Tex-Mex focuses on classic cuisine on RM 620

Tio Loco Tex-Mex opened in October.

Tio Loco Tex-Mex opened in October.

Image description
Tio Loco Tex-Mex
Image description
Tio Loco Tex-Mex
Image description
Tio Loco Tex-Mex

Tio Loco Tex-Mex has only been open for 10 months, but for owner Kirby Walker, being in the restaurant business has been a labor of love since he graduated from The University of Texas in 1981.


Walker owns Tio Loco, located on RM 620 in Austin; Nik’s Italian Kitchen and Bar, which is also on RM 620; and Noodles Italian Kitchen in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


“[At Tio Loco] we win people by doing a great job day in and day out,” Walker said. “You take care of the customer one at a time—as many people as you can touch, and eventually what happens is that ember grows and the fire spreads pretty quickly.”


One of Tio Loco’s specialties is the brisket enchiladas with slow-cooked, mesquite-grilled brisket topped with jalapeno-lime cream sauce and served with a side of beans and rice. The dish may be paired with the house frozen margarita, which comes with a flute of Mexicano Alteno reposado tequila.


“We want items that are unique, but we want to be defined by the good, solid, go-to Tex-Mex,” Walker said. “We want to meet people’s expectations. ... So we have great chips and salsa, great margaritas, [and] no surprises in your tacos and enchiladas.”         


Family is important to Walker and his wife, Kathy. Their daughter also works at Tio Loco, and the restaurant’s name is a tribute to Kathy’s brother, Gary Williams, who died before the restaurant opened. There are pictures of Williams along Tio Loco’s back wall.


Although Central Texas has many Tex-Mex eateries, Walker said market saturation is not problematic.


“I had a guy tell me a long time ago, ‘You need to fish where the fish are biting,’” Walker said. “There’s no product with a stronger demand in this market than Mexican food. Granted, there’s a lot of them out here, but there’s a reason for that—people love it.”


Tio Loco Tex-Mex
11620 RM 620, Austin
512-792-9222
www.tiolocotexmex.com
Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.   


 


MOST RECENT

student learning
Leander ISD's virtual learning program exceeds capacity after recent interest

The program waitlist began July 21 with 101 applicants in its first day.

Mortgage purchase applications are down year over year, but the Austin housing market remains hot. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin housing market still hot but showing signs of slowing down

Experts say that a decrease in mortgage purchase applications points to “a reversion back to norm” in the Austin housing market.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

Premier Martial Arts Leander opened June 19. (Courtesy Premier Martial Arts)
4 new businesses in Cedar Park, Leander

Premier Martial Arts Leander opened June 19. The family-owned business offers programs for children and adults.

The city of Leander will rehabilitate several roads including a section of Hero Way West, a section of Crystal Falls Parkway and in several subdivisions. (Map courtesy city of Leander)
Rehabilitation projects start on several Leander roads

Road work began July 21 in the Mason Creek subdivision.

WCCHD vaccination drive
Outside consultants to review programs, performance of Williamson County’s health district

The firm will review services and programs offered by the Williamson County and Cities Health District as well as the performance of different departments.

Leander ISD board members will continue talks of a future bond election at their July 22 meeting. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Leander school board to continue future bond discussions

District administration will answer questions and provide information to board of trustees's questions from the July 6 special-called meeting.

Travis County has been discussing the possibility of a new Samsung facility with Samsung since January. (Community Impact Staff)
Travis County begins incentives negotiations with Samsung for possible $17B facility

Samsung is hoping to finalize a performance agreement by mid-August, which would include information about how the potential facility would affect property taxes.

Massey Wallace and her husband, Allen Wallace, will open a seventh location of Lonestar Kolaches at the former Little Red Wagon in October. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lonestar Kolaches coming to Round Rock; Kilwins sweet shop to open in Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, such as the Williamson County judge doubting more shutdowns as coronavirus rates increase.

Leander Marketplace PUD would be located at the northeast corner of Hero Way and US 183. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)
ROUNDUP: 6 recent development updates in Leander

Take a look at these six developments planned in Leander.

Williamson County courthouse
Williamson County judge: It is ‘not the plan’ to return to COVID-19 lockdowns

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell at a July 20 public meeting said he has no plans to implement restrictions to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. According to the WCCHD coronavirus dashboard, the rate of new infections across Williamson County doubled from July 11-18.

The Capital Metro board of directors discussed the fiscal year 2021-22 budget during a meeting July 19. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
With $319M budget proposal, Capital Metro optimistic ridership will rebound

The proposal also provided details on the capital budget, including the electric bus fleet and bus station improvements.