Las Manitas Closed Forever?
There is an article on today's Business page in the Statesman.
My favorite quote from a sign that the Perez sisters placed on the window. "Here was fought the battle for Austin's soul. Austin lost."
Seriously? A taco shop on Congress Ave with low rated food is now Austin's SOUL? Hey Perez sisters, get over yourselves. If it's that important to you, go reopen it down the street.
Las Manitas had great clientele, a great location, and good atmosphere, but the food just wasn't there in recent years. I liked the idea of it more than the spot itself. In addition, they were leasing! If you don't own the building, you don't control your destiny...it's as simple as that.
All right, haters. I'd appreciate it if you'd give me some recommendations.
Where I can get hot, chewy, fresh corn tortillas like theirs? I prefer a place with a counter where I can sit long enough to do a Sunday crossword puzzle without feeling like I'm screwing over the server. I also don't want to stand in line, or wait longer than 10-15 minutes to get my food. If I can watch young guys busting a** at prep stations and grills and abuelitas flipping those heavenly tortillas with teflon fingertips as I walk through the kitchen to the patio, so much the better.
Ideally, this place also serves cinnamon coffee, a variety of frescas to suit my mood, sides of fresh *ripe* fruit, and the people who work there act as a community and don't roll their eyes when your breakfast order for 2 totals $10.
I'm sure they exist, but I live just south of ben white and I've occasionally hit up alternative joints along S.1st and elsewhere for the past 5 years [even more frequently since it looked like my favorite spot was closing] but I've always gone back to LM because it gave me everything I wanted...
I really do want to know, what's the closest substitute? I've got two days before my next Sunday crossword date. I couldn't care less about the drama. I just want those fresh corn tortillas back... and a counter.... Or someone to teach me how to make them like LM's and I'll sit at my own darn counter...