Wanted to alert any ‘hounds in North Austin about a new source for Mexican sundries and eats. La Familia Market, on Research just south of Ohlen, only recently opened, and in just a couple of visits, I’ve become a huge fan.
A gas station at first glance, this place houses a remarkable number of other ventures. The meat market offers the traditional skinny Mexican steaks (t-bone, ribeye) and ribs. They also offer pre-marinaded meats, from steaks to carnitas to loose chorizo. Everything looks very fresh, and the place is busy enough that I think that will continue to be the case.
On weekends, the meat market offers fresh-made carnitas and barbacoa. On a recent visit, the butcher offered us samples of both, and both were excellent. Barbacoa was different from what I’m accostomed to (this meat was lean, not greasy, and appeared to be covered in a rub before roasting), but delicious nonetheless. The carnitas were simple but flavorful and absolutely dripping with porky goodness.
A kitchen at the far end of the store serves up tacos, tortas, gorditas, etc. with a variety of meats. I’ve had the carne asada and the carne guisada so far, and can say I enjoyed both immensely.
Last but not least is the grocery store, which offers an impressive variety of Mexican staples, from cane sugar and dried chiles to Knorr tomato cubes and Mexican chocolate. Fresh produce seems to sit around a little, but that small point aside, I think this place is first rate and an asset to this part of town. Check em out if you’re in the neighborhood - now that I’ve found it, I would hate to lose this place.