El Chile Northwest
Ended up hanging out at El Chile last night with my boss and a couple of other co-workers. Got there at 6 only 2 tables there.
- Only mole salsa if you're not a mole fan
- Tiny tables (they weren't busy so we pulled tables together)
- Very limited bar selection
- muzak selection not good
- Very good service
- Easy parking
- Margaritas and mojitos were great, frozen mugs and cold beer
- Mole salsa was excellent if you like mole
The food was very good. Rajas con queso was well executed, but the cheese got cold quick, need to keep ti warm.
The guys who had the Charlie's plate and the shrimp wiped them out and got full in the process. My carne asada was a little overcooked, slightly tough but the enchilada, guacamole and sides were great. My friend wiped his out and enjoyed his.
All in all, I would definitely go back. I didn't think it was going to work well, but the good food and service, great drinks and extra space from two tables made for a really pleasant evening.
Ate there at lunch today, and had the pork tacos. Nobody came to greet me for some time, and I finally took a menu and seated myself; I saw several others come in after me and they were promptly greeted and seated. I can't say I'm a fan of the cold mole salsa or the (somewhat old tasting) chips. The corn tortillas on the tacos were very good, not your typical store bought variety. However, the tacos themselves were not up to par with pork tacos I have had elsewhere for 1/2 the price; too bland, not enough juice, no cilantro, no onion, and no lime. My favorite pork tacos in town are still the ones at Taqueria Arandas on Burnet; of course these are not the same (El Chile is not a Taqueria), but they were also not as good IMHO. I might give them another try sometime to try something else, but probably not for a while.
That's the one. It is the second (I think) location for El Chile, the other being on Manor road on the way to Mueller.
As for me, I _love_ the salsa.
The owners also own El Chilito, a taco shack a few places down on Manor, with a new second location on Barton Springs @ 5th (Dawson). Unfortunately I worry for this second location; I was just there this AM and I was the only one. I figured they'd be slammed due to the Silicon Labs Relay just across the green at Auditorium shores (and I know I'm not the only runner that craves tacos after a race!) It hasn't been busy the other times I've been there for lunch, either :(
So, I really like this stuff, it is different than what you get at the usual tex-mex places, and IMO, the flavors are more interesting.
The owners also own the Red House, I think, and sadly the now-closed Stortini at the front that used to serve good affordable Italian.