Restaurants & Bars

Austin

Casa Chapala

Share:

Restaurants & Bars 7

Casa Chapala

elpaninaro | May 31, 2007 10:00 PM

What a bummer.

Long week, so we decided to eat at home last night. And we wanted fajitas! So I checked out Casa Chapala over on Anderson near Shoal Creek since it was close to home.

They advertise themselves as being specialists in "authentic interior [Mexican] cuisine" and based on my many travels to the interior and south of Mexico, the menu reads right.

But when I got home with the food I was not too thrilled. The $27 fajita dinner for two was very low on meat. We actually separated it out from all the veggies and put it on the diet scale where it came in at just about 8 ounces of meat- for $27...

The cheeses and style of guacamole were certainly not "authentic interior" and the low grade store bought corn tortillas were a serious drag (good homemade ones reheat quite nicely- these were cardboard from the bag and just got worse with heating.)

All that said, the actual texture of the meat was quite nice and the grilled vegetables were outstanding. The onions were perfect- and while not "authentic interior" the mushrooms were quite delightful and a welcome twist. I am obsessed with mushrooms and these were absolutely awesome. I think this place could do a mixed mushroom fajita grill and start a new trend!

Given that, and the tiny size of the dinner crowd when I retrieved our food, it seems like this place had some very good ideas but is resorting to cost-cutting measures to stay afloat. A shame, but what can you do, you know?

In any event, eager for other opinions from those who might have tried other dishes there. I did not make any friends when offering them my feedback on our food, but I want to find a good reason to give this place my support.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound