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Which restaurants have the best fajitas?

chispa_c Oct 6, 2009 06:09 AM

While we usually make our own, we want to go out for fajitas. I like the beef to be tender and well spiced. I want the chicken to be tender and juicy. I also like grilled onions, good quality cheddar cheese and fresh guac on the side. Please tell me where your favorite fajitas are sold.

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    scrumptiouschef Oct 6, 2009 09:48 AM

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/396183

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    1. re: scrumptiouschef
      chispa_c Oct 6, 2009 10:01 AM

      Dang, i swear i seached austin for a fajitas posting. I guess i should have waited until i finished my latte.

      Los Comales it is.

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        scrumptiouschef Oct 6, 2009 12:32 PM

        Dang it chispa c you know how times change in this ol town.The last time I visited Los Comales the fajitas had fallen on hard times and Graciella[the owner]was perched on her throne by the door as always.

        I now recommend going a bit further east on 7th to el Azteca for a good beef [although not fajita] fix.Here's some words from an old post:

        A good bloody plate of Carne Asada is available at El Azteca.

        I like to eat like a bear on Friday night.Normally I prefer 5 small meals over the course of a given day but Friday night the Kodiak in me comes out and I like to eat a giant platter of food with the center piece being a hunk of steer or perhaps hog.

        Last night I decided to wander through the east side til something struck my fancy.I shuddered as I rolled past Los Comales.The memory of their carne asada is still strong and vile.

        A few blocks east I glance over and see El Azteca,maneuver my bike into the lot[perfumes of grilling meat] and stroll inside.

        I'm greeted like a favored cousin,led to my table and given a menu.I glance at it for a second and put it down.I'm not sure what's on it but I know I want some good Mexican beef.

        My waitress appears with a basket of chips,a volcano bowl of salsa and takes my order.I'm starved half to death so I ask for a chile con queso starter,a carne asada main and content myself with my chips and salsa.

        It's ok.I love cilantro but El Azteca's version is STRONG.My queso comes in a couple minutes and it's the Tex Mex version but sans chiles and tomatoes.10 or so minutes go by[during which I pass the time by staring at a nice portrait of Abraham Lincoln,I'm reading "Team of Rivals"right now so it was nice to just kind of sit and daydream about Kentucky's favorite son]

        My platter comes and it's gorgeous:Two big hunks of steak are sputtering with fat off the grill,a vivid guacamole salad,rice and a bouillon bowl of charro beans rounds everthing out.

        The rice is non-descript which is to be expected.The charro beans are nice.Spiked up with black pepper and in a loose broth with slivers of pork they are a welcome respite from my typical refrieds.The guacamole has been whipped with some dairy or other which is not my favorite style.It's so bright green it borders on surreal...

        The carne asada is the star of this meal.Two big rib steaks totalling upwards of a pound,dark char marks from the grill,blazing hot and bloody as all hell.They taste like they've been seasoned with a Mexican take on Montreal seasoning which is just fine with me.

        Service is fine.The young lady attending me is couched in the ethics of service.Friendly and happy to be to be at work she's sparkly and contributes a lot to the meal.

        I took El Azteca off my rotation a few years ago when myself and my date were asked to leave[apparently the squares working the front of the house back then didn't appreciate some tequila fueled dance moves we worked out in the dining room]

        All is forgiven.

        And I can't wait to get back and eat some of the many goat options on their menu

        1. re: scrumptiouschef
          amysuehere Oct 6, 2009 12:49 PM

          I just love your narratives, scrumptiouschef...

          1. re: scrumptiouschef
            chispa_c Oct 6, 2009 02:19 PM

            Thanks Chef. I am an old school El Azteca fan. I always love going in there and seeing all the naked Aztecs on the wall with each new calendar!

            I've never been to Los Comales and hopefully I can give a thumbs up after my dinner this week. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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              Chicago Wine Geek Oct 7, 2009 07:07 PM

              I don't have the experience of scrumptiouschef, I do love the cerveza beef fajitas at Polvos. Outstanding!

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                rudeboy Oct 8, 2009 05:39 AM

                I still like Polvo's guajillo fajitas the best......I've never had the cerveza fajitas, CWG, maybe I'll try those next time.

                1. re: rudeboy
                  amysuehere Oct 8, 2009 07:57 AM

                  Agreed. By far my favorite fajitas are the guajillo (beef and pork combo with extra cheese, corn tortillas). I think the cervesa ones are much milder in flavor.

                  Los Pinos comes in a close second, followed by Habenero.

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                ieathereforeiam Oct 7, 2009 09:59 PM

                i think el azteca is WAY overrated. Habanero is far and away the best grilled mexican meat joint in town.

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                Habanero Mexican Cafe
                501 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

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                  Chicago Wine Geek Oct 8, 2009 08:52 AM

                  LOVE Habanero too!

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                    Paul Silver Oct 8, 2009 01:11 PM

                    Habanero's Fajitas and Eggs breakfast is tasty and a terrific deal!

              3. re: scrumptiouschef
                chispa_c Oct 9, 2009 09:06 AM

                Wow, I replied with what I thought was a tame post and it was still deleted.

                I want everyone to know that I went to Los Comales last night. We did not enjoy our meal. Next time we'll either try Habaneros or just make the fajitas ourselves.

                Surely this response will not be deemed defamatory in any way.

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                  scrumptiouschef Oct 9, 2009 11:14 AM

                  Taking one for the team Chispa C?

                  I'm not headed back to Los Comales anytime soon.After years of putting out some of the best Nortena style meats in town I feel like her time is past.

                  Habanero is still good.Dine early or late,if you go during prime time you'll wait and the din is incredible.

                  If you feel like taking another one for the team head on over to Polvos where their Asian take on Mexican food remains mystifyingly popular.

                  1. re: scrumptiouschef
                    chispa_c Oct 14, 2009 12:35 PM

                    Took one for the team, indeed. I won't be going to Los Comales again.

                    Habanero is next in the que once we get adventurous again. I'm a bit iffy on Polvos. That's not due to the popularity of the food but more hesitant about the atmosphere. If you have anything to offer on that front...bring it. Thanks!

                    1. re: chispa_c
                      rudeboy Oct 15, 2009 06:06 AM

                      The atmosphere is normal - they just get busy. Some ppl on this board have complained about hipsters, but to me, most people who go are normal Austin people - I see families, young and old, music people, etc. The tables are spartan, but there's and outdoor and indoor area.

                      Their chips suck. Get the guajillo fajitas, fish a la plancha, and a couple of margaritas. You'll be fine.

                      1. re: chispa_c
                        amysuehere Oct 15, 2009 09:33 AM

                        I personally don't like sitting inside, but other than that I have no problem with the atmosphere.

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