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Cafe: La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop

This week The New York Times released an article about the best places in Austin, Texas for breakfast tacos. Eggs in a tortilla may be all the rage in Tejas, but around these parts, we prefer the Mexican staple with lunch and dinnertime in mind. Take La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop for example.

Food Critic Michele Laudig on La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop:

La Condesa debuted a month and a half ago on 16th Street, CenPho's unofficial Mexican restaurant row. (And Mexican everything else -- it's the 'hood.) It was hard to miss it when it opened, thanks to a big sign out front depicting La Catrina, Lady of the Dead. She's the iconic Day of the Dead calavera wearing a wide-brimmed, flower-topped hat. When I saw her bony face smiling down on me, I was immediately intrigued.

From Tradiciones at Roosevelt to Tortas El Güero and Barrio Cafe further north toward Thomas, there's plenty of competition in the way of Mexican food, but nobody's doing any thing quite like La Condesa. It's a pretty simple menu -- tacos, corn quesadillas, and burros -- although the flavors aren't limited to Sonoran, like at many restaurants in these parts. There's seafood from the coastal regions, Oaxacan black mole, Mexico City-style chicken tinga, and cochinita pibil from the Yucatan...full story

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Jonathan McNamara