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El Chile Coming to Northwest Hills

I noticed that El Chile is remodeling the old Mesa Hills Cafe space on Greystone just up from Mopac. I'm embarrassed to admit that while i've heard good things, i've never had the chance to dine at their original restaurant.

What should i be anticipating when they open? Any words of wisdom will be much appreciated. Looking forward to a great new locally owned restaurant choice in my neighborhood. Thanks.

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  1. salsa. hmmmmmmm. I could probably drink it.

    My husband loves the flautas, and I'm particularly partial to a chicken dish they serve. It's chicken covered in a green(spinach?) creamy sauce with mushrooms. I get that just about every time I go.

    They also have good fish tacos too. The tortillas are excellent in my opinion because I think they make them fresh there.

    The only time I had a dish that was a miss was when I ordered off the specials menu. It was a dish with duck in it (and I'm a sucker for duck) but it wasn't done especially well and tasted overcooked. My advice is to order off the main menu and you'll be fine.

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    1. re: shan

      El Chile's food is very good and we love the Chilango Margaritas; but their tortillas are not made at the restaurant. They are bought from El Milagro on 6th street.

    2. Ha! Mesa Hills Cafe finally closed shop, huh? It's about time. That place was a joke.

      El Chile should be a great improvement for the area, food-wise.

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      1. re: jwynne2000

        Yahoooo! Can't wait to have them in my 'hood. I think they have the best salsa in town, yummy smoky tones.

        1. re: waldy

          I'm thinking of bringing some NYC family members there tonight, with the baby. They like "TexMex" a la Trudy's and Chuy's. Is it a good idea to try El Chile now? Have things smoothed out at all?

          1. re: rudeboy

            Donno if they have received the licence yet (bonus to you if they haven't) but I'd say you're fine to go. My meal was perfectly acceptable...Yes, even if I was at the table next to you, baby would not be a problem. Have fun, RB.

            1. re: amysuehere

              Thanks for the info, Amy. Do they give you a couple of drinks, or do you bring your own? Or both?

              1. re: rudeboy

                They will give you three beers or two margaritas on the house. Donno about bringing your own. Think they might have wine as well, but didn't ask. Oh, btw, I ordered frozen and it was pretty awful, but the rocks are darn good and they exchanged it for me no problem. Really not a bad patio for it being a parking lot patio, too. Enjoy, my friend.

                p.s. - when do I get to see the bambino?

      2. Besides the salsa, which, like Shan, I can drink (and buy by the jar at Whole Foods), I love the enfrioladas. They are chicken enchiladas topped with a black bean puree. I always get them with just cheese instead of chicken and they're delicious. I also love the fish tacos (might be my favorite in Austin) and the Tamal Azteca, which is like a veggie Mexican lasagna.

        The first time I went there, I had a really great special that was a duck stuffed chile relleno. I've never seen it again, and it was great.

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        1. re: foodiegal71

          I second the enfrijoladas and the salsa. Their mole is good, and I like the rajas con queso appetizer.

          And they have a very tasty red chile spice blend they add to their micheladas, and to my favorite drink in town, their Chilango margarita.

        2. Thanks for the heads-up, and please post when they are open!

          1. A perfect addition to the Land of the Bland.