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Fuego's in dire straits!

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jackietreehorn Dec 6, 2008 05:45 PM

After a characteristically delicious meal at Fuego's--one Fat Burger (which rivals Casino el Camino's, FWIW), two orders of fish tacos, and crab enchiladas (all phenomenal)--we gushed to the owner about the tastiness of the food. She mentioned that they are struggling mightily, and may not make it for another month. Although our initial enthusiasm for them waned after they raised their prices, they've since normalized and, for the quality and freshness of the ingredients, they are fantastic deal. My wife and I have pledged to try to come at least twice this week. I'd like to encourage--nay plead!--Fuego lovers and newbies alike to support this wonderful establishment.

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    Rene Dec 6, 2008 06:31 PM

    That is sad to hear. They really need to relocate. They are so screwed in that location.

    I'm out of town this coming week but will TRY very hard to make it there for breakfast tomorrow. I have friends who like Fuego's, as well, and will encourage them to go in my absence.

    Is it still BYOB? That's really appealing to some.

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      jackietreehorn Dec 7, 2008 06:44 AM

      Great, Rene. I'm afraid you might be right about the undesirable location. One other group commented about this to the owner. I'd never given it any thought since we live right down the road, in Crestview, so getting there is a breeze. Apologies for a bit of digression, but an unintended consequence of the successful campaign to shut down Morrow to traffic turning left from Lamar may be the inability of businesses to thrive at this location.

      They are still BYOB. And, conveniently, their struggles coincide nicely with Eat Local Week. What better way to embody the spirit and intent of Eat Local Week than to show up, en masse, to support this outstanding restaurant.

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      redraidertl78 Dec 7, 2008 10:02 AM

      I like to go to Fuego's every once in a while. I love their fish tacos.
      I guess after hearing this, I'll start going more often.

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        ieathereforeiam Dec 7, 2008 12:43 PM

        too bad really. i like this place, but their random idiosynchrosies have turned off some of the folks I have sent over there.

        If they can just hang on a little longer, maybe that new development by the train station will be helpful. Or maybe they should move into there.

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          RJeats Dec 16, 2008 07:21 PM

          I went there last night for the first time, and it was really wonderful. The habanero slaw on the fish tacos made me understand that whole cabbage thing. It was so fresh and flavorful. The salsas are also intense and unique. It reminds me of Sago - not your usual stuff on the menu, but whatever it is it's delicious. They said they're doing better due to the word of mouth campaign in Crestview. Well, they won over one more!

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            chowinginaustin Dec 17, 2008 06:29 AM

            Went friday night....Good as always. We love the artichoke app and I am in love with the fish tacos, with their salsas. My other half favors the shrimp/caesar wrap. Wonderful flavors.

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            nosh Jan 1, 2009 10:56 AM

            When we visited a couple weeks ago (see "best burger" thread above) I seem to recall the owners mentioning that they were waiting/hoping/praying for their alcohol license to be approved. I wish them well -- despite some flaws in execution, they were extremely nice and really went out of their way to fulfill special requests and take care of us.

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              orb Jan 6, 2009 06:20 PM

              I went once and was seriously underwhelmed both with the food and the menu. I can't see myself ever giving them another chance.

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                cwilk Jan 7, 2009 02:04 PM

                Well, you are certainly in the minority.

                We've been there 10+ times, have taken friends several times & everyone has loved Fuegos. I sure hope they can survive- it will be a big void in Austin dining if they close.

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                  innominate Jan 7, 2009 02:52 PM

                  went there today. got the fish tacos this time. they were great. the jalapeno tartar sauce and habanero slaw go well with the fish. and some cilantro too. the fish looked a little small at first but with every bite i got a taste of all the ingredients.

                  we went ~2:30. we were the only ones there. they were friendly as always. i say always. only my 2nd visit. but i'm gonna try to make it a weekly stop.

                  attached a pic of the fish tacos and their great burger

                   
                   
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                    familyof3 Jan 8, 2009 06:23 AM

                    WE went last week fantastic, felt like we were back in Cali....had the albodingas soup-amazing flavor. One fish taco- just how they should be done!
                    We spoke to them that they will have to get a bigger place and they said they hope to add on, if store next to them leaves, so that is a good sign.
                    We are telling eveyone to go, so it's all word of mouth.
                    Go, I bet you'll enjoy it, if you like baja style mexican.
                    Fresh, light & healthy (with the right choices)
                    happy new year....

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                      innominate Jan 9, 2009 08:18 AM

                      we didnt ask what the albodingas was until after we ate. i'm def goin back to try it. matter of fact think i'll head there for lunch today

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                        Rene Jan 9, 2009 08:50 AM

                        When someone posted the new menu, I was bummed because I did not see this wonderfully flavorful soup on there! Hurray! I'll wait til it's cold but now that I know it still being served, I'm definitely inspired.

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                          Rene Jan 10, 2009 10:55 AM

                          We made it today for lunch. I think the fish tacos are the best and the pickled onions make this dish for me. The Albondigas was great, albeit a bit pricey at $8... it's enough for two meals, though, so the price is fair. I would have preferred to be able to order a cup but that 's not offered. There were three other tables of diners when we got there so that's probably not too bad for a Saturday - it was half full.

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                mkwng Jan 10, 2009 06:23 AM

                I have eaten there a few times and most of what I've had (crab enchiladas, carne asada tacos, ahi salad) has been OK but not great.

                Last night I tried to call in a carry-out order. Whoever answered the phone never identified the restaurant. When I confirmed it was Fuego's and asked to place an order, she told me that she needed to run a credit card and I should call back in 5 minutes. I did, got a busy signal, and promptly drove on down the road to Tam Deli instead.

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                  scrumptiouschef Jan 10, 2009 07:25 AM

                  mkwng
                  please describe the food you had at Tam's.
                  Is north Austin your neighborhood?
                  What are your favorite Mexican joints up that way?

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