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Mar 11, 2010 05:46 PM

A 2nd location for El Meson

Saw over on the Austin Chronicle that a 2nd location for El Meson will be opening somewhere on south Lamar near Sazon, Olivia, etc. Pretty exciting news for anyone who frequents that area.

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  1. That is fantastic news. I love El Meson, but never can manage to convince my wife to drive down to the current location.

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    1. re: puddles

      When will it open? Does anyone know?

      1. re: lorettayoung

        Great news! The El Meson Cochinita Pibil is one of my favorite dishes in town for the price.

        El Meson
        5808 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78744

    2. the place on burleson?

      i like that place a lot but it doesn't seem really seem like the kind of place that would expand to multiple locations

      1. Stopped in at the new El Meson (right next to Horseshoe Lounge on S Lamar) for dinner Tuesday night.

        No sign up yet, but they are definitely open and serving. They mentioned that they weren't totally ready for prime time yet, but would be by this weekend.

        Short review:
        Service - friendly and warm
        Food - great with some qualifications.... a bit mixed on the quality, but since they weren't officially open, I'd chalk it up to tightening things up with some practice in the new space with the new staff
        Margaritas - some of the best I've had in town, if not the best

        Can't wait to get back as they catch their stride

        El Meson
        5808 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78744

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        1. re: puddles

          puddles, do they take credit cards at this location? Seems like it was only cash at the other one.

          1. re: notsusan

            I paid with a credit card.

            Readjust your expectations. This location is MUCH snazzier. It's a different vibe altogether, for better or for worse.

        2. Yaaay, they're open! We went there today for lunch, and were very pleased (we've been fans for a while but don't get to the Burleson location much, what with their abbreviated hours). Fantastic freshly made guacamole, homemade escabeche, wonderful black beans, and great salsas. Verde mole was excellent! Full bar and they do take credit cards. Nicely designed space—very open and airy. Also a few tables outside. Not sure if they're open for breakfast, but they are open for lunch and dinner.

          1. Been hitting the S. Lamar location for lunch a lot. It's been killer every single time but I haven't been in about a month.

            Finally, get to take the wife for dinner there on Friday and it was absolutely horrible. Like it was a completely different restaurant. The tiny serving of soup they provide was obviously a canned vegetable soup with some seafood stock and spice added. The queso flameado was literally like Rico's nacho cheese with no roasted peppers and no hint of chorizo other than some red grease mixed in. Got my usual go-to-dish of the beef tips in a pasilla sauce and the serving size was cut in half compared to the lunch portion...3/4 of the plate was rice and beans. My wife's chile relleno was cold and flavorless. Service was inexperienced and extremely slow. At least the margaritas were good. I dunno what happened but they definitely lost one customer since my wife said she'll never go back.

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            1. re: achtungpv

              Heartbreaking. My experiences at the Lamar Meson (Lamer Meson?) have been mixed, too.

              Hit the original El Meson for breakfast tacos this AM. Fantastic.

              El Meson
              5808 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78744

              1. re: achtungpv

                Went there several months ago with an Hispanic friend from the valley. Sorely disappointed with the food. Don't even remember what we ordered but going back never entered my mind.

                OTH , for what I think of as good, fundamental TexMex there is this place on Jollyville Rd, been there for years, that I went to for the first time a few months ago. Food was tasty, fresh and tortillas made on site. It has recently moved to the old Magnolia Cafe location.

                1. re: singlemalt

                  My experience too was entirely blah. Our prevailing thought was "not again". Completely different from the original on our visit. Also telling - 4 tables eating of maybe 30 - 40 at noon on a sunday.

                  1. re: slowcoooked

                    Folks, I just don't understand why El Meson on South Lamar is not one of Austin's most popular restaurants. I've eaten there 3 times in the past 2 months and it's been consistently excellent each time. I went last night (New Year's Eve) around 8PM and the restaurant was only about 1/3 full. I'm a huge fan of this place as the menu is really interesting, the food is consistently well-prepared, the service is informative, attentive and extremely friendly, they do NOT use a pre-made sweet/sour mix for the margaritas and the prices are extremely fair.
                    if you enjoy TexMex food and want something a little different, give El Meson a try, I think you will be very pleased with the experience
                    I've had the Tinga, Conchita Pibil and Verde Mole on my recent visits and I thought the food was fresh, well prepared, full of unique flavors.

                    1. re: nw_austin_gourmand

                      I second this!! We used to drive out to the one on Burleson. Now I work out there so we still make it often but have been hitting up the S. Lamar one since it opened. Their breakfasts are fabulous too! Never seen it full. I hope it stays around.