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Tacos, tacos, tacos

Steven Dilley | Jan 11, 201111:09 AM

I've been on a taco kick over the past three weeks. Both locations of El Meson, Rosita's Al Pastor, La Fogata, Angie's, Tacodeli, La Cocina de Consuelo, Maudie's, El Papalote, Amaya's Taco Village, Tamale House on Airport, El Chile, and Habanero. I could be leaving one or two out. A few taco-related thoughts. (Is there not a dedicated taco thread? I couldn't find one that seemed appropriate.)

Excellent carnitas at the original location of El Meson. (Flavorful pork tamales, too.) While I like the S Lamar location as well, and it's certainly more convenient, my meal out by the airport trumped anything I've had in three or four visits to the newer location.

As everyone knows, the al pastor at Rosita's is great. Very flavorful, nice texture. A good mix of chewy and fat as well. Because of that, probably not for everyone, but I love the stuff. And good, homemade flour tortillas. Probably the only time I'd order pastor on flour. (Get the green salsa for your tacos.)

La Fogata. As mentioned elsewhere, a super friendly woman running the show. And the tacos potosinas with queso fresca were great.

Angie's. Obviously, the thing to get is the carnitas. BUT, if you get the carnitas plate, you run the risk of getting a pile of carnitas with pretty good corn tortillas on the side. If you get the carnitas tacos, they'll briefly fry the tortillas, turning a good dish into a very good dish. (I assume everyone know this, but occasionally I'll read a so-so review of the place and wonder.)

Consuela's. I like this place, it's convenient, but I can see where it might not be for everyone. Good, homemade flour tortillas. (The texture makes me think they might use lard, a rarity, but I'm not sure.) Everything fresh and homemade, but the seasoning is inconsistent. That said, good tex-mex-style beef enchiladas. Flavorful carne guisada.

You people have been to tacodeli and Maudie's enough.

El Papalote. Actually went for a huarache with chorizo here. Eh. I was hoping for a thinner version. If any of you have ever made it to the Red Hook ball fields in Brooklyn and tried the famous version there, more like that. This was okay.

Amaya's Taco Village does the fried corn tortilla thing, like at Angie's. Solid tex-mex.

Nothing new to report with Tamale House, El Chile, Habanero. They all have their uses and will surely remain in the rotation.

12001 N Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78758

Tamale House
5003 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

El Meson
5808 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78744

Amaya's Taco Village
5405 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78723

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