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Jul 16, 2009 04:46 PM

el chilito replacing gypsy!

i know, i know, we really don't need more tacos. but -- i'm not sad to see that el chilito is going to be replacing the mediocre, eh, italian 'bistro' called gypsy. i saw the wall being painted a bright green this morning as i biked to work and thought they were just trying to make it look more exciting, but i was pleased to see an el chilito sign on my way back from work this afternoon.

i am all for authenticity, and i don't think el chilito always delivers in that area, but i like that they offer aguas frescas and paletas and other little treats, and i'm happy that if i don't feel like making tinga one day, i have a place i can get to in seconds and order it! no need to deal with mile-long lines of east-side hipsters!

this location is barton springs and lamar, for those (fortunate souls) unfamiliar with gypsy.


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  1. They may not be authentic, whatever that is, but when it tastes that good, who cares?! I love the barbacoa and cochinita pibil.
    The new location is kinda close to their other downtown location. I hope they don't grow too fast or too far. For me, I _like_ the east side vibe and making the trip is a special treat. Even when busy, I get my food in a few minutes. Not sure why people get turned off when a place gets popular. Seems like the "taco journalism" guy won't even mention it by name for the same reasons.

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      1. re: rudeboy

        El Chilito was a scheduled stop on the Taco Journalism bicycle tour.

        They never penned a report on the tour so who knows how it worked out.

        A blog that writes about Austin tacos without a report on Tacos el Rico is like a website concerning Austin barbecue with no analysis of Sam's.

        If El Chilito could figure out how to make an edible salsa I'd go back.Not sure what they put in their brown mud but for delicious salsa and tacos in French Place Los Altos rules the roost.

        Los Altos
        3301 N I H 35, Austin, TX

        1. re: scrumptiouschef

          Thanks for the heads up on Tacos El Rico, muy rico indeed.