Taqueria Arandas (Austin)
Friday, 19 February 2010
I craved mexican food for 2 weeks and Jessica finally gave in! So last night we decided to find an authentic, small, not fancy and “frequented by locals” mexican restaurant. As far as local we hit the spot, the restaurant is located not even 5 minutes from where we live. I believe that authentic is a term that fits with the place It’s not authentic in the sense that you feel in Mexico (or that the decoration comes from there like at the Fonda San Miguel, review to come) but in the sense that it’s not a franchise (I believe that there are 3 establishments under the same name though), not a corporate chain or a heavily marketed location.
The place is simple (understatement), old and interestingly decorated. Don’t go there on a first date BUT go there for comforting, fresh and well prepared Mexican food. They serve complimentary chips and salsa (free refill). The salsa is spicy, homemade and fresh.
We ordered cheese quesadillas, carne asada (their specialty) and enchiladas.
The quesadillas were good, simple, fresh and the cheese tasted like cheese.
The carne asada was served with rice and beans, the rice was surprisingly good, well seasoned and properly prepared, the beans were…, well just standard refried beans. The meat tasted good but was slightly overcooked. The mix of meat with rice, beans and fresh whole spring onions tasted great though.
Jessica cleaned her plate (enchiladas) and raved about her meal for hours, best enchiladas ever!
The service is reasonable, nothing over the top but you don’t go there for the service!
Great experience, cheap and fresh this is enough for me to go back.
6534 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757