This is the first in a one-part series documenting my mission to find authentic Tex-Mex taquerías, taco stands, panaderías, and take-out counters in Austin’s relatively new and antiseptic SW developments. No, the nuevo Nuevo Leon doesn't count. BUT, finally, a place that looked inviting opened up in a strip mall on William Cannon west of Brodie, called La Familia.
The place has a menu and a look/feel similar to Arandas and Tapatia - I lived right around the corner when Tapatia opened up their Wm. Cannon/Burleson location, and thrilled to their cheap, good food. So, I was almost fluttery when we made our first trip for breakfast, but alas, the two trips we made were all in all, very disappointing.
To focus on the positives: the stewed chicken they use in their tacos and enchiladas was very good - clear herbal flavors, savory and moist...delicious, even. Their salsa looks weak - it is the blended kind, but proved to have an almost perfect (for that kind of salsa) blend of garlic and onion and tomato and heat and cilantro flavors - nice, not mind-blowing. The refried beans were flavorful and had chunks in them - I like that. Oh, they are really, really nice there. Really nice.
I'm going to make this part quick - corn tortillas: hard, store bought, cold, cracking, nasty; flour tortillas: decent enough; bistek: bad beef, unflavored with even salt; al pastor: fatty, with that awful red overlay of what is supposed to be al pastor flavor; lengua: soft...too soft, and devoid of any flavor whatsoever; picadillo: bad beef with almost no added flavor (although for a second I did enjoy sort of a sneaky behind the palate understanding that a small piece of onion had been involved somehow); caldo de res: decent broth, waaaaaaay mushy veggies except the hard as pellets corn cobbette, that same bad beef. Breakfast... the migas were fine, but unexceptional, and the tacos...well...the same.
Sigh....tominaustin, I feel your far southwest woe. MPH, does anything on your chowdar register for this kind of stuff without a 35 minute commute? Anyone else....something secret? There HAS to be a taco truck (and no, Porfirios doesn't count) out here... Maudie's is starting to look enticing!