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Where Could This Possibly Be? (Begins with a "Z")

My husband's friend is taking us out for Mexican for DH's birthday next week. All my hubby can remember is that it's someplace that begins with a Z. Despite being my husband's birthday dinner, his friend chose the place. I know it's not Z'Tejas because my husband is familiar with them and would have remembered it. I thought it might be Zuzu, but the only other thing he remembers is that "it's close to I-35".

I know I can wait and find out when we go, but I thought it would be fun to ask my CH buds. Besides, if I can figure it out, I can get recommendations from you guys before I go. I don't want to find out too late that I missed the best Tres Leches in town because I stuffed myself earlier on so-so queso. Of course, I will report back afterwards.

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    1. re: mevans4aus

      Maybe, but it's supposed to be a Mexican restaurant. None of those appear to be Mexican.

      1. re: ieathereforeiam

        Genius! It almost has to be... but then... I asked hubby if that sounded familiar and he said "no". Grrrr. I'm probably going to find out it doesn't even begin with a "z".

        1. re: stephanieh

          Zunzial?

          What's the friend like? Would he know of out of the way places, or is he more mainstream?

          El Azteca has a heavy Z - maybe that's it. Or Azul Tequila.

          1. re: rudeboy

            sure do miss Azul Tequila here in RR.............

            1. re: rudeboy

              I just love you all for trying. Hubby just e-mailed me and he had it wrong. It begins with a "V", not a "Z". Care to guess? Nah... I don't want to string you along anymore than I already have. I'm feeling guilty now.

              VIVO... that's the place the friend chose. I did a quickie CH search, but wanted to get back and correct before smoke started coming out of everyone's brains here.

              Sounds like they have a memorable tortilla soup. I wish I cared about tortilla soup. Also, quite a few mentions of puffy tacos, which I'll admit I'm a virgin to. Been wanting to try puffy tacos, but is this the place? I saw mixed reviews. Tom in Austin, I believe, called VIVO's "nasty". Would it be very un-Chowhound of me to fall back on my old standby of basic Tex Mex cheese enchiladas? It's harder to screw those up.

              This friend... he's odd. I think he'd consider himself Chowhound-ish. He wants to be "in the know" and kind of trendy. But, ever since he and his wife heaped the highest praise upon Lamppost Pizza, well, it's been hard to take any other suggestions they have seriously. I hope I don't sound too negative... they're more hubby's friends than mine, and we only eat with them a few times a year. We just have completely different taste buds, I think. Or different criteria for choosing places. I'm still looking forward to trying a new place. I'll read up on VIVO some more here.

              Thanks CH buddies!!!

              1. re: stephanieh

                Well from what I understand, its kind of a hot spot on the weekends. So at least it will be a fun atmosphere.

                1. re: chowinginaustin

                  I am looking forward to it, because it's been on my "list" for quite some time (but not near the top). Their patio gets a lot of praise on this board. It'll be fun.

                  1. re: stephanieh

                    it's been a while,but we went in for happy hour and I recall that the margaritas were very tasty. All we had to eat was chips & salsa, so I'm no help here.

                    1. re: TroyTempest

                      Thanks! Margaritas are definitely the plan for the evening! It will make the food (and the company) more palatable. Oh, did I say that out loud?

                2. re: stephanieh

                  I've been to Vivo a couple of times. The puffy tacos are good but not mindblowing, if you get them be sure to get two different kinds of tacos, i.e. a chicken and a guacamole. I got two chicken ones and it was too much to eat. I also had some good nachos with beef fajita meat.

                  1. re: Ashforth

                    Ashforth, that's good to know. I was looking at their menu online and leaning toward the combo plate where you can get a puffy taco and an enchilada. I'm happy to know the puffy tacos are filling, because I was thinking one taco and one enchilada sounded like a small meal (compared with other Tex Mex joints). Not that I *need* more food, but when you go out for Mexican, the plates are usually spilling over, so I've come to expect too much.

                    Now nachos with beef fajita meat sound good too. Decisions, decisions. : )

                    1. re: stephanieh

                      We went last week and had a really lovely time. The patio at VIVO is gorgeous. I'm no longer a puffy taco virgin, but based on the one I had there, I'm not in danger of becoming an addict. It wasn't bad, but I'm not a fan. I got the beef, and I was slightly disappointed in the flavor of it, but that may be a personal taste thing. The outside was puffy-crisp, but the middle part of the tortilla was mushy from the meat, and kind of fell apart. Maybe I just prefer my tacos to commit to either crisp or soft. On the other hand, the chile enchilada was one of my favorite enchiladas I've had. It's basically a cheese enchilada, but it has the rich dark red sauce that I prefer to the more Mexican light brown gravy. Overall, it's a place I'd like to go again, and I'm glad we went.