One of Buda’s newest restaurants, the second location of Jalisco’s Restaurant and Bar, is a hometown project for the owners, Clemente and Crystal Vasquez.

Since the first Jalisco’s opened in 1994 in South Austin, the Vasquez family has been waiting for the opportunity to expand, Assistant Manager Ana Martinez said; the Buda location opened May 29.

“It’s a family-owned restaurant,” Martinez said. “And a lot of the employees and their families live in Buda and Kyle.”

Homemade corn tortillas and a specialty mole sauce are some of the favorite items on the menu.

“We have both Tex-Mex style and authentic Mexican,” Martinez said.

Popular dishes include the Arrachera lunch with steak and fried potatoes, and the Parrillada Azteca, a large fajita dish with several types of meats. Martinez said other favorites include the tacos and enchiladas. Standard American options, such as hamburgers, are also available.

As with its traditional recipes, the decor at the restaurant comes directly from Mexico. All of the paintings on the walls were handpicked by the Vasquez family during a trip to Mexico. Some of the light fixtures are from Mexico as well, Martinez said.

Aside from lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves breakfast on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There is also a full bar, and happy hour is from 3-7 p.m. on weekdays. A small outdoor patio extends from the bar area and has an additional television.

“The bar and patio were packed during the World Cup,” Martinez said. “We were very busy the first month we opened, but we’re starting to find a good rhythm now.”

Martinez said details like the dessert display, a ceiling in the bar that changes colors and intricate tile work help guests enjoy Jalisco’s.

“We’re really happy to finally be in Buda,” she said. “We love it here.”

Jalisco’s Restaurant and Bar
370 Old San Antonio Road, Buda
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.