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screaming goat--budget chow

lauralakoala Feb 16, 2009 12:30 PM

Hi everyone, I didn't see The Screaming Goat reviewed on here so I thought I'd give it a go since it's quickly becoming a neighborhood go-to.

It's basically Mexican, although they do include burgers on the menu. I am new-ish to Texas and the intricacies of all the types of Mexican, Tex-Mex, and interior Mex food, but my instinct is to say this is definitely not Tex-Mex--no gooey cheese--and as to whether it's "gringo" or int. Mex, my boyfriend said it tasted more similar to the food he got in Mexico City than the stuff we usually get here. However, it had that healthy vibe, so I don't know...

To start with, it's inexpensive, especially if, like me, you eat your veggies instead of meat! They give you a dollar off each menu item if you order it without meat, which puts them near to my heart. So I think each veggie taco is around 1.50. Also, every day they have a basic beer special for less than $2.00--Corona, Lone Star, and I think sometimes Dos Equis. They also have rotating food specials.

Fresh is the word to describe pretty much everything there-- they fresh fry the chips, the salsas are all homemade. The two green ones, tomatillo and verde, are delicious, unusual (to me) in their inclusion of vinegar. I ate ALL my salsa with my chips. : ) I think they make their own corn tortillas, or at least they source them from somewhere good because they actually taste like corn and not chewy plastic. The flour tortillas also seemed fresh off a griddle, but they were just a tiny bit dry--I would say no lard and maybe not very much fat and oil in them. They could use a little scoop.

I ate the black bean / veggie mix tacos on corn--highly recommended, as well as delicious poofy sopapillas with honey. There were tons of happy families eating there when I was there, so I am curious what you all would say about the meat!

So yeah! For vegetarians, it's about the same price as Taco Cabana, but a million times better. : ) And the ambience is totally relaxed--maybe not the place to try to impress someone on a date, but if you're at the tacos and beer point, it's very comfortable to chat and eat. The only quirk is if you pay together, they don't separate your food onto your own plate. I guess you have to ask for extra plates? Kind of mysterious.

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    ieathereforeiam RE: lauralakoala Feb 16, 2009 01:30 PM

    I ate here last week. glad someone gave it a full review.

    I disagree though. I was underwhelmed and have had better tacos at any of the carts in town.

    The taquitos were el paso style if that's your thing.

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      RoundSparrow RE: lauralakoala Feb 20, 2009 06:42 PM

      I think the goat has the best season chicken tacos on town. Saturday deal is a steal. Love the roasted pepper/vinegar salsa.

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        craveytrain RE: RoundSparrow Feb 20, 2009 08:38 PM

        If you have not already, I invite you to try Habanero's chicken fajita rancheros. I will throw them in as the best chicken taco in Austin.

        You go check it out, I'll go check out screaming goat and we can reconvene in a week or so to compare notes.

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          ieathereforeiam RE: craveytrain Feb 20, 2009 08:57 PM

          habanero is great. anything from their grill is going to be good. those fajita ranchero's are hot too.

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            RoundSparrow RE: craveytrain Feb 21, 2009 01:49 AM

            if you mean Habanero Mexican Cafe, I've indulged dozens of times (near my hood). I agree a great place. I love both of their salsas too. I also suggest nearby Taqueria Jacalitos truck.

            I admit that Screaming Goat is a mid Saturday indulgence now about twice a month. The Verde salsa is probably a love hate thing, but those that love it...

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              craveytrain RE: RoundSparrow Feb 21, 2009 08:33 PM

              Excellent, so, how would you compare Hab's chicken fajita ranchero tacos to the goat's?

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                RoundSparrow RE: craveytrain Feb 22, 2009 08:47 AM

                How about you compare and report back ;)

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                  craveytrain RE: RoundSparrow Feb 25, 2009 10:17 AM

                  I just got back from lunch there. Tasty, no denying it. Definitely, the Verde sauce is the best, imho. I got the chicken adobado, al pastor and tilapia tacos. I actually thought the al pastor was the best of the 3, but very strong seasoning. Tastes a lot like chorizo, actually.

                  While tasty, I still feel that Hab's has the best chicken taco in town.

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          achtungpv RE: lauralakoala Feb 22, 2009 05:07 AM

          Went to the Screaming Goat yesterday. The queso, homemade chips, and salsas are excellent. Had the carne asada and adobabado chicken tacos. The beef was a tad chewy but the chicken was great. The wife had a ground beef taco and said it was good. The homemade corn tortillas were good.

          Make sure you ask the story behind the t-shirt that says "Eat like a cholo." if you want to make the cashier really uncomfortable. Pretty funny story and I wish they would have went through with it!

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            skechada RE: lauralakoala May 6, 2009 10:36 PM

            I ate here for the first time today. It was that perfect combination of qualities I look for in a restaurant that I will visit often: cheap, high quality ingredients, casual, and the specialize in just a few dishes. I had the chicken flautas ahodabo with the rojo sauce, meaning the salsa covers the flautas, Great churros, too. Hours later, at dinner time, I came close to making a return trip just to try the green sauce, but I suppose I can wait for tomorrow.

            One decent way to save money there is to avoid the $2 fountain drinks. But even with that added in, my lunch today came to about $6.80. I shall return, Sceaming Goat.

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              rudeboy RE: skechada May 7, 2009 05:55 AM

              Where the heck is this place?

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                amykragan RE: rudeboy May 7, 2009 07:54 AM

                It's in the old house that was Basil's off of Lamar I believe

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                  rudeboy RE: singlemalt May 7, 2009 12:00 PM

                  singlemalt - just goes to show that we're all getting older!!!

                  I remember Basil's, but I couldn't tell you what's been there since....

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                Madcap RE: skechada May 7, 2009 01:14 PM

                Ate there for lunch today. I also had the chicken flautas with roja sauce. For $4.20 it was hard to beat. I'll be going back for sure. They also have good beer prices.

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                  foodiegal71 RE: Madcap May 7, 2009 07:45 PM

                  I went last week and had the al pastor. Very underwhelming, especially considering Rosita's is awesome and 5 tacos for $5 at lunch. I did like the chips and the green salsa that was marked as the hottest. I'll be darned if I could taste any heat though. It was just really fresh and green tasting which was good too.

                  I tried a bite of my friends taquitos and if I were in the mood, I'd probably go back for those.

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                    RoundSparrow RE: foodiegal71 May 9, 2009 07:15 AM

                    Consensus seems to be - the chicken is their best meat.

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                lauralakoala RE: lauralakoala May 14, 2009 12:45 PM

                to reply to myself--the veggie burgers aren't too good, always seem to come out dry, even when covered with delicious smotherings like sour cream and roasted chilis. Stick with tacos, beer, guacamole, and salsa! :)

                1. bubbleboy79 RE: lauralakoala May 15, 2009 01:10 AM

                  I went after the recent flurry of reviews. Food was solid: beef flautas ahogadas and a single taco al pastor. Flautas were really satisfying-- though they had no discernible beef flavor-- to the point that I literally drank the broth. The taco was good: the corn tortillas were fresh and the pork had a lightly charred texture. With an iced tea, the total was around ten dollars.

                  My one complaint, and for me a fairly big one, is that the place wasn't terribly clean at three in the afternoon when it should be. The table I chose hadn't been adequately wiped (its salsa was a different color from my own), and the card identifying my order number and its holder were covered in a greasy spray that I cleaned off rather than look at for the duration of my meal. Probably go back at some point and get my food to go.

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                    Cookin4Friends RE: lauralakoala May 29, 2009 07:02 PM

                    But do they serve Goat???

                    There is nothing better when it is prepared correctly. And there are many ways to prepare it the right way.

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                      bubbleboy79 RE: Cookin4Friends May 30, 2009 09:06 AM

                      They don't serve goat.

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