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screaming goat--budget chow

lauralakoala | Feb 16, 2009 12:30 PM

Hi everyone, I didn't see The Screaming Goat reviewed on here so I thought I'd give it a go since it's quickly becoming a neighborhood go-to.

It's basically Mexican, although they do include burgers on the menu. I am new-ish to Texas and the intricacies of all the types of Mexican, Tex-Mex, and interior Mex food, but my instinct is to say this is definitely not Tex-Mex--no gooey cheese--and as to whether it's "gringo" or int. Mex, my boyfriend said it tasted more similar to the food he got in Mexico City than the stuff we usually get here. However, it had that healthy vibe, so I don't know...

To start with, it's inexpensive, especially if, like me, you eat your veggies instead of meat! They give you a dollar off each menu item if you order it without meat, which puts them near to my heart. So I think each veggie taco is around 1.50. Also, every day they have a basic beer special for less than $2.00--Corona, Lone Star, and I think sometimes Dos Equis. They also have rotating food specials.

Fresh is the word to describe pretty much everything there-- they fresh fry the chips, the salsas are all homemade. The two green ones, tomatillo and verde, are delicious, unusual (to me) in their inclusion of vinegar. I ate ALL my salsa with my chips. : ) I think they make their own corn tortillas, or at least they source them from somewhere good because they actually taste like corn and not chewy plastic. The flour tortillas also seemed fresh off a griddle, but they were just a tiny bit dry--I would say no lard and maybe not very much fat and oil in them. They could use a little scoop.

I ate the black bean / veggie mix tacos on corn--highly recommended, as well as delicious poofy sopapillas with honey. There were tons of happy families eating there when I was there, so I am curious what you all would say about the meat!

So yeah! For vegetarians, it's about the same price as Taco Cabana, but a million times better. : ) And the ambience is totally relaxed--maybe not the place to try to impress someone on a date, but if you're at the tacos and beer point, it's very comfortable to chat and eat. The only quirk is if you pay together, they don't separate your food onto your own plate. I guess you have to ask for extra plates? Kind of mysterious.

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