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Jul 6, 2009 07:03 PM

The worst possible Mexican food ever!

I am visiting Austin for a week and wanted to throw down on some good Tacos from a Taqueria or even a Taco Truck and searching some boards I came across a place called Taqueria Arandas #3. Every thing was going good until I actually got my food.

No offense to Caucasians but I should of been weary when there was only white people in there enjoying the food. I had the Carne Asada plate and at $6.99 I thought what a good deal with beans,rice and tortillas. (forgot to add the shredded lettuce that passes as a salad).

First, no human should be allowed to eat this Carne Asada unless he is confined to camp X-ray at Gitmo. But even they get served better food.

Second, any Mexican meat is seasoned, marinated before being cooked. This was a thin piece of meat that had to be left in a bowl of water overnight and then once it is lacking any color or flavor it was cooked, and just barely.

No salt, no marination, no flavor, chewy and licking a used band-aid would of been better. Yeah, that bad. I feel sorry for Texans who think this passes as Mexican food and I am ashamed that you have to see a poor representation of our Food. I told the waiter and then the cook in Spanish what a sorry piece of food this was and they just said sorry. I never do this and just suck it up but this was a special case.

Being from Los Angeles and living in San Antonio part-time gives me a good gauge of quality Carne Asada, Hell, some season salt would of made it passable. At last, por favor no comen aqui porque esta comida sabe a pura mierda!

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  1. That's really odd. Arandas is usually full of Mexican customers. I've never ordered the carne asada but have had their tacos al pastor, caldo, and tortas several times and it was always good tasting.... and cheap.

    1. i can second the awfulness of this Arandas. visited about 2 years ago, and it was truly the most depressing food i've had in austin.

      1. I'm sorry you got bad food that you didn't like, but this is taqueria food, not tex-mex or san antonio mexican or los angeles mexican food. Taqueria food is normally mild and not spicy; that's just the way it is. I can certainly see why you were disappointed if you had tex-mex in mind. And I too am very surprised at the claim that their were only Caucasians in the place - it is usually chock full of Mexicans, and is so packed it is hard to get in. I have not tried the carne asadas, but the pork tacos are (IMHO) the very best in town, bar none.

        1. Which location is this you are refering to? The one on Stassney?

          6 Replies
          1. re: rkaylor

            #3 is the one on Burnet, acc to google. i love the food at the stassney one. hopefully it's just that the one on burnet sucks.

            1. re: NirvRush

              I've only been to the ones on Burnet, Rundberg, and Pflugerville (closed). Burnet is my favorite by a long shot.

              1. re: danny_w

                I'm not sure of the details, but Taqueria Arandas #3 changed to Taqueria Jalisco. There's also Taqueria Arandinas instead of Arandas.

                1. re: rudeboy

                  Taqueria Arandas #3 is still up on Burnet.

                  1. re: brattpowered

                    Ooops, I meant to say Taqueria Guadalajara. I went to the white pages to look up the # to order breakfast tacos, and there was nothing there. It was, in fact, listed under Taqueria Guadalara. Didn't remember to look at the sign, though. Everything looks the same and they have the exact same menu that they have always had.

                    1. re: rudeboy

                      Ah-hah! Maybe that explains it then. I haven't been there in a while, and if it has changed hands (like the one in Pflugerville did) then the food may certainly have suffered.

          2. While I haven't been to #3, I eat at the ones on First/Oltorf and the one on 7th at least twice a month. I'm usually the only White guy in there (the waitresses no speak much english) and have never been disappointed with the food, including the grilled skirt steak plate. I go there mainly for convenience as I'm not a huge fan of texmex at all, but this food is just fine.