Sometimes in our search for "intense deliciousness," I worry that we give short shirft to that which is not new, trendy, and/or exotic.
Please allow this to be my paen to the old fashioned "Gringo Mex" that most of us who are native Texans grew up on. I fondly recall the days of combination plates that also include "coffee or iced tea" and your choice of sherbert or a praline. To me, nothing is more nostalgic, comforting, and delicious than a combination of a crispy beef taco and two cheese enchiladas covered in chili gravy. I raise a toast to the wistful days when Tex-Mex restaurants in Austin didn't even have fajitas, which were a special treat at the Hyatt's La Vista restaurant.
Whether I'm a crumudgeon, nostalgic, or merely possessing an unsophisticated palate, I'd encourage my friends on here to consider re-experiencing the joys of Gringo Mex.
My absolutely unqualified recommendation for Gringo Mex is El Gallo on South Congress. From their crisp chips to their meaty chili gravy, this is the Mexican food I remember as a kid, not necessarily the more "authentic" food that so many of us have forsaken the "Number 1 Dinner" for...