Saturday, September 17, 2005

Live from Austin, TX.

So, should I review places that DON'T totally rock my palette?

Lets try it. Guerro's Taco Bar, Austin, TX. Ok, actually, let me take that back-- no it didn't "totally rock my palette" BUT there was a lot of things going for this busy, festive restaurant located on bustling Congress Street. Our real estate agent recommended it. Clientele? Young hipsters, college kids, primarily. I consider this a good sign normally because you don't normally see college kids hanging out in say, oh, Applebees or insert-equally-as-disgusting-chain-here. College kids know where to go for good atmosphere, good and reasonably priced food. This was a perfect example.

The atmosphere: Big-open-dining area. Exposed brick walls, high ceilings, booths along the edges, tables in the middle. A busy bar up front, more quiet (well, relatively speaking) seating in the back. The wait was supposed to be an hour, but since I was in company of someone in a wheelchair, somehow that got us seated quicker. Cool.

Tortilla chips served with dinner-- and here is my favorite part of the meal: with three salsas. One that was a smokey chipotle salsa (hot!), a pico de gallo-like salsa, and (drum roll, please) the very best tomatillo salsa I have had in my life. Fresh tomatillos, fresh jalapenos, lots of lime and a lot of kick. I looked for jars of the stuff available to take home and didn't see any. I wanted to drink shots of the thick green stuff... I'm salivating now writing about it.

For dinner: at the table was a chicken enchilada plate, a cheese enchilada plate, beef fajitas, and mole chicken enchiladas. I had the cheese enchilada plate. It was served with charro beans, mexican rice and flour tortillas. It was: Good. No, it was: Ok. These are my complaints: The rice tasted like it was just rice boiled in chicken broth. Nothing special, rather bland. The charro beans were also surprisingly bland (and, et-hem, I ordered refritos). The enchiladas were good, but nothing special. I did try the chicken mole enchiladas though, and even though I am not a big mole fan, that was a very tasty mole sauce. All meals were served with flour tortillas-- and here is what I think the big turn off for me was: They tasted like the Mission tortillas that you get at the supermarket. I would be willing to bet money that they weren't freshly made there, what a turn off. One thing I really LOVE about dining in Mexican restaurants is the fresh made tortillas, and while I could be wrong on this one, maybe they were fresh, but they sure didn't taste like it.

Would I recommend this place? Maybe. What are you looking for? I think if someone was looking for a place to grab a good margarita, have some chips, maybe some appetizers, and people watch, totally. The food wasn't bad, it just wasn't anything to write home about, ya know? (Although I am writing about it now. Hmph.) And no, no pics of the food because I with people who I didn't want to know how much of a freak I am (yet).

The bummer about being in Austin? I'm in company that doesn't like BBQ and ribs. WHAT? THAT'S THE SPECIALTY HERE. Ugh. Anyway, if you are in the area, grab a Corona and the tomatillo salsa here:

Guero's Taco Bar
1412 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX  78704
512.447.7688

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At September 19, 2005 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, I would have totally went out for BBQ ribs with you!

 

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