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The Divine Food of El Tacos Rico


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The Divine Food of El Tacos Rico

scrumptiouschef | Sep 28, 2008 08:34 AM

El Tacos Rico 810 Vargas Rd

Business is slow today for the discount funeral wreath man who sets up shop on a grassy knob alongside Montopolis on the weekends.I wonder if he sits there fretting "go ahead and die already, I gotta eat" ? Who knows?

El Tacos Rico is my favorite Mexican restaurant in Austin.I've referred to it as such inspite of the fact that it's a tiny,timeworn trailer with a folding table under the overhang of a grizzled laundry mat for seating.

I eat lots of tacos in Austin each week and this is my primary source of intense deliciousness.

Montopolis feels so good.The air smells flowery,the streets are all abustle and the Autumn light is starting to get that orange-y glow that makes Ray Bradbury reading this time of year essential.

Walking up to the window my timing is perfect as a beefy Mexican cat is being served a steaming bowl of Menudo.The aroma of this delicious dish combined with some very aromatic bar soap the man has used in the shower this morning makes for a powerful combination.

I stay focused by looking at the menu which I know by heart.Enchiladas,Flautas,Quesadillas,Tostadas,Sopes....all the Mexican you could ever dream of wanting and yet I almost always get the tacos.

Yolanda and Araceli flat bring their A-game when it comes to this simple dish.Barbacoa is the finest meat on the menu, on par with La Monita for finest in town.The Al Pastor is not from the Trompo but is juicely roasted and the Bistec is Yolanda's version of the classic.While it's not going to make you forget Habanero's it is solid.

The corn tortillas are as good as any you will ever put in your mouth.My guess is love is the main ingredient.These tiny Latin girls are putting their heart in their food[perhaps a topic for another post:"Who's cooking with their heart in this old town?"]

I ride all over town sampling tacos from as diverse a set as I can find.Tacos el Rico is the best I've found.

I'd love to hear about your favorite source.

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