Smithville closes up shop around 3 pm on Saturdays.I'm motoring through a closed Zimmerhanzels parking lot for the 2nd weekend in a row and right at hungry.Suddenly all the taco carts I've passed on 973,535 and 812 loom large in my memory.What I wouldn't give for an Al Pastor taco from Taqueria Asadero right bout NOW.
I pull off the road and quiz a gentleman standing in the parking lot of a closed deli.Coach Saxon proves to be a good resource as he points me toward the outskirts of town to Mexico Lindo,a tidy little joint with blue smoke rolling out of the kitchens' chimney.It's grilling beef and I feel a surge of excitement.Walking in I'm greeted all friendly by a couple young Mexican girls,seated and brought what's due me;chips and salsa and a quart or so of ice water.
Perusing the menu it's standard taqueria
fare;Tacos,Chalupas,Enchiladas,Guacamole,Chile con Queso et al.All the usual suspects are available.I opt for the Chile con Queso,a Taco Al Pastor and a Taco Beef Fajita.The Chile con Queso is nice,thin and hot from the kitchen.It needs more chile but the texture is pure silk.The house fried chips are not industrial but thin and salty and delicious.The red salsa is nothing special so I inquire as to a green and am brought a bizarre tasting concoction redolent with allspice[!].These good folks are breaking down cultural barriers right here in Smithville Texas I inwardly reckon.
It is not delicious.
The Beef Fajita is full of bloody,hot off the grill goodness.It arrives on storebought,doubled up corn tortillas and is garnished with some of the roughest chopped white onions I've ever been served.Knife skills are not available at Mexico Lindo but the taco is still good.The Al Pastor is ok.It's not from the tromp and a little gritty from a late dose of seasoning but she'll eat just the same.Service is fast and friendly...ambience is nothing special,the smells are good but the funk factor is missing.
Coach Saxon spotted me as a beer drinker and recommended Huebel's an ancient ice house by the railroad tracks which I find easily[a mile or so from the restaurant].It's true blue Texas all the way.Old,beat up and completely shaded by a host of giant trees.I hunker down with an ice cold Schaeffer and the local paper and begin my hang.Smithville is a jewel.Small,homey and filled with good country folks enjoying this sun splashed Texas day.The relentless clangor of activity Austin suffers from is nowhere to be found.Peace,cold beer and a belly filled with decent if not amazing Mexican chow are the order of the day hereabouts.I feel the glow as I begin plotting my next visit[earlier in the day]so I can pay Zimmerhanzels' a visit that hopefully won't be met with a locked door.