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Mike C. Miller Oct 13, 2008 02:51 PM

I have a friend who is in the area and on a cabrito kick. Wondering what the current thinking is on the best places for cabrito in Austin, especially BBQed cabrito. All leads appreciated.

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  1. thebodytx Oct 14, 2008 07:30 AM

    The Bombay Bistro (in the HEB plaza at Braker/Jollyville) offers a goat curry that is tasty. For some translation reason it is listed on the menu as "mutton curry".

    1. looper Oct 14, 2008 09:06 AM

      Sam's BBQ has mutton on the menu...


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        ktown378 Oct 14, 2008 10:56 AM

        the mutton (sheep) at sam's is tasty, but it isn't the same as cabrito (goat). can't say that i've had much cabrito in austin. once at the texican many many moons ago. don't remember it being offensive, yet not memorable either. hopefully someone will chime in with a great suggestion!

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          NirvRush Oct 14, 2008 09:19 PM

          azul tequila has it on their menu now. i thought it was better than texican's, which was good, but really bony.

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        stephanieh Oct 14, 2008 10:36 PM

        I haven't had it, but if your friend tries the cabrito burger from Mac and Ernie's in Tarpley, please report back. I've seen several people ask about it, but haven't seen it reviewed yet.


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          angusb Oct 15, 2008 02:34 PM

          About 8 years ago, I had the cabrito at El Gallo on South Congress. It was the first and last time I went to that restaurant.

          I've also tried the cabrito twice at Cooper's in Llano, and it was stringy and dry both times. I would recommend anything else there over the cabrito.

          I wish I could think of a single place that serves good cabrito in Austin. If it's on a menu, I usually try it. Unfortunately, none of it has been good. If your friend finds any he/she likes, I'd love to hear about it. I'll definitely be following this thread to see the suggestions.

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          1. re: angusb
            Madcap Oct 15, 2008 02:40 PM

            I too have tried the cabrito at Cooper's and had the same experience. Far too dry. The fella manning the pit even warned us that it wasn't very good...but we just had to try it anyway.

          2. citizen Able Oct 20, 2008 03:15 PM

            On the north side of E. Riverside there's a stripmall with a bodega called the Hacienda, between the Library and the HEB.

            I've gotten very good cabrito tacos there. Not bbq but stewed, tender, good flavor and not greasy. It's been a couple of years, though, so they may have changed. You could also consider that an endorsement for how good the cabrito was, as well.

            You pay at the checkout, then take your receipt to the counter and order. It helps if you speak Spanish, otherwise you may have some trouble specifying what type of tortilla you want.

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              fluberian Oct 30, 2008 06:57 PM

              Kinda surprised no one has mentioned El Azteca on E. 7th. Cabrito has been their specialty for years, and very tasty.

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                Ashforth Nov 1, 2008 07:12 PM

                Heh, I thought about it, but I recommend El Azteca so often that I sound like a broken record. I can't personally vouch for the deliciousness of their cabrito, as I must confess "good cabrito" is an oxymoron to me. I've tried it several times at different places and... yuck. But my very picky, cabrito-loving friend usually likes the kid at El Azteca.

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                  El General Nov 5, 2008 09:59 AM

                  Borrego de Oro has a new menu (very little change escept for pricing) that includes a cabrito plate. It consists of stewed pieces of cabrito (bone often included) in a red salsa that is the same as the red salsa used in their Puerco in Salsa Verde. I would term this dish solid, a bit overpriced, and something i am not likely to order as long as they still serve their outstanding and spicy puerco in sals verde, fajitas (without the damn sizzling plate thank god), and the birria.

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