I have been looking for good West Texas style Tex-Mex since I arrived in Austin, only to be continually disappointed by ranchero sauces, thin chips from a bag, flavorless refried beans, and fake cheese (ew!) I love the real Mexican food I can get in Austin at places like Arandas and Tacolote, but I've been longing for the simple pleasures of food from my childhood.
Last week I discovered I've finally discovered the place, and it's in my own backyard.
I tried Jorge's a couple of years ago and wasn't really impressed (reading an old thread, it sounds like that was the consensus). But, something has changed there, and it's now absolutely delicious.
First off, the chips are thick and house fried, which is always a good start to a meal.
The star of my meal was my cheese enchiladas. Jorge's enchiladas are served with 1.) good, thick chile con carne sauce (not tomato based), with a bit of a kick and 2.) real cheddar cheese, both crucial for good Tex-Mex.
The refried beans that came with the meal? They were loaded with bacon grease and were absolutely delicious. Although I love my many vegetarian friends dearly, one element of Austin-style-Tex-Mex that I'd come to live with was the typical vegetable-oil based beans -- which are hardly worth the trouble, really. These are the best I've tasted in years.
We went to Jorge's on a Friday night and it was packed -- inside and out, a testament to the fact that people have discovered it's newfound yumminess.