Since it’s a Friday night, I thought it would be appropriate to end with this, rather than with all the heath care/Middle East/priests-gone-wild Sturm und Drang….
Some of you were making fun of the Times article on breakfast tacos in Austin the other day. I agree that it was stupid. First off, it’s really news that people in Texas eat tacos for breakfast? Secondly, breakfast tacos just aren’t that exciting and it’s a waste to go to Austin just to eat them, especially since Austin has such a great food scene. Finally, at a certain point, there has been one too many articles in Times about hipsters eating ethnic food. I guess it beats another article about the not-quite-rich-enough.
By chance, I was actually in Austin when I read the article, visiting a friend and speaking to some people I work with at UT. My friend and I did a bit of a whirwind food tour. I apologize in advance if I sound at all like Megan McArdle here…
Vespaio and Garrido’s were fantastic. Taqueria El Meson, Fonda San Miguel, and Sagra were very good. Lambert’s was okay (it was better the other times I’ve gone and it’s a fun place anyway). Mansion at Judges’ Hill was truly awful (though the hotel, which is where I stayed, is very nice).
Probably the single most delicious thing I had was the pizza at Vespaio, the best pizza I’ve ever had, but my favorite place was Garrido’s. I liked it better than the legendary Fonda San Miguel, even though the mole at the FSM was amazing. Garrido’s served things like fried oyster tacos and a torta made with pork milanese. The flavorings were all traditional, but the level of spice was more just so, the combinations were unusual, and the food was lighter. Also, it wasn’t at all expensive (10 bucks a person plus tax, tips, drinks).
I guess people describe the style as “nuevo Tex Mex”. Have any of you been to places that do stuff in this style? I don’t mean the whole southwestern chipotle-marinated bullshit, I mean regular Mexican food given a more modern treatment. I would eat that kind of food everyday if I could find it.