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SAZON

jungleboy | May 22, 2008 07:10 PM

Ate at Sazon on S. Lamar the other night with a group of four. The poor waiter was working by himself so the service was charmingly helter-skelter, but the food was better and the menu more interesting than anywhere else I have eaten in Austin recently.
Margaritas for three of us and a delicious agua fresca de melon for me.
We started with huitlacoche empanadas; hot and crunchy with an earthy funky fungus filling. Great dish with subtle flavors, but accompanied by a stingingly spicy hot tomato salsa.
Different entrees for the whole table; a chile relleno stuffed with roasted corn and feta and another with shredded chicken and cheese; each with a different sauce; tomatillo and roasted red chile.
Another of us had Pork Chunks in a Roasted Pipian sauce; tender meat (yet crispy on the outside) and a great pale green roasted pumpkin seed sauce. I had Cochinita Pibil, the classic Yucatan pork dish. It was served in a banana leaf with the proper amount of orange and garlic flavors to balance the punch of the achiote. Served with plantains, great epazote scented black beans and another classic, marinated red onions.
This was a really good meal and it was the first Mexican menu in this town I've seen where I couldn't make up my mind and will definitely go back to try two or three other things.
Don't know why nobody talks about this place, but the food is definitely worth checking out.

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