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Curra's, Habenero, Fran's, Polvo's, Jo's, Baby Greens


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Curra's, Habenero, Fran's, Polvo's, Jo's, Baby Greens

YaYa | Apr 1, 2007 10:55 PM

We moved here a few days ago, and while we're waiting for our fridge to arrive we're doing the rounds in our new neighborhood. I realize that most of these places have been reviewed, but thought I'd throw my 2 cents in as a newbie. :)

Curra's: Hub had the queso with chorizo and peppers and it was tasty ~ gooey with just the right amount of chorizo. I had the tacos al pastor which were moist and flavorful and upgraded to their special beans. I'm not a big bean fan but wanted to give them a try and I actually really enjoyed them.I wasn't a huge fan of the margaritas, but it's close to home and we'll likely go back. The service was also great.

Habenero: I was eating light so I had my first taste of Carne Guisada in the form of a taco. Topped with their hot sauce it was to die for! My husband had the Chile Colorado which paled in comparison to my taco, but he still finished it off. I can't comment on the taste, but he said it was good. We also ordered a horchata which we finished off quickly. It had the perfect contrast of sweet and spicy. I can't wait to get back here to try all the other menu offerings, especially their sopapillas.

Fran's: I love the idea of the throwback burger joint, but sadly we weren't impressed with the food. I ordered the Jalapeno burger and my husband had the Hickory burger. The burgers were just "okay" - nothing really stood out about them. Maybe I am spoiled with my In N Out memories, andI will not give up hope that a great burger can be found in Austin. The fries were dried out, but the onion rings were fantastic and huge!

Polvo's: I've seen the debates on this board about Polvo's and even I am a little torn. The presentation of the dishes is great. I like the salsa bar and the margaritas and the atmosphere is fun, but the chow we had just wasn't what we were hoping for. I had the Original Chile Relleno and it was inedible. It was drenched in a bland sauce and the ground beef was loaded up with curry which I am not a fan of. Our tortillas were clearly storebought and after about 5 minutes at our table they turned into rock hard frisbees. My husband's pork dish (again, forgot name) was dried out. Positives were the black beans (guess I am turning into a bean fan?), the margaritas and the service.

Jo's: I had the Chai Green Tea Latte, my new favorite drink, and the Morning Glory Muffin. My muffin was packed to the brim with raisin, carrot and zucchini goodness, and I think we are both now addicted to the Iced Turbo!

Baby Greens: I love the idea of this little place and had a chicken cobb salad. Large chunks of freshly grilled chicken breast, fresh bacon and yummy veggies topped my fresh greens, and the bleu cheese vinagrette was wonderful. I normally don't order bleu cheese dressing due to how heavy it is, so the vinagrette was perfect. I plan on going back soon to try their wraps on one of the flavored tortillas, along with some of their other tasty looking salads.

Well, that's it for now. I can't wait to get out and explore more. :)

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