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Jul 20, 2011 12:00 PM

Tex Mex restaurant on Lavaca

Does anyone remember the name of a restaurant on Lavaca that used to be in the El Mercado space? I believe they had a satellite restaurant down the street too. This was back in the day. Mid-late 80s. Thanks.

El Mercado Restaurant
1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

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  1. uptown enchilada bar, though i don't remember another location

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    1. re: TroyTempest

      That's it, but it also had a proper name. Something like Don Jose's Uptown Enchilada Bar...What was it? The place was refered to by the name and not by "Uptown Enchilada Bar."

    2. It became the uptown enchilada bar after a rather bitter divorce between Mr. and Mrs. Jorge's! I think she got downtown and he got the shaft. Actually the location on Hancock is still either a Jorge's or serves the old Jorge's menu. There is another restaurant on Anderson Lane, East of Burnet road that serves the old Jorge menu also.

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      1. re: gntlmn6464

        Jorge's Hancock was purchased by the venerable West Texan Tex Mex powerhouse, also called Jorge's, no relation. The menu at Jorge's Hancock is very similar to Jorge's Midland.

        This evolution is documented in this thread:

        I can't say whether Jorge Arrendondo is the same Jorge that you're talking about, however.

        (FWIW, my last several visits to Jorge's in Midland have been disappointing, bordering on iffy. I think they're coasting on reputation at this point.)

        1. re: tom in austin

          Jorge Arrendondo is, for better or worse depending on your taste, the creator of Austin style enchiladas...chili gravy, fake melted cheese, and onions.

          He owned Jorge's on Hancock which was purchased by the Jorge's from Midland which, as stated above, is no relation to Arrendondo. The menu is also completely different.

          J.A. also was involved with, or the owner of, Enchiladas Y Mas and AusTexMex (where Aster's now resides). I was told he was married to Maudie of Maudie's fame but after the divorce the empire crumbled on his side.

          Enchiladas Y Mas is the best remaining example of his enchilada recipe. Maudie is close but a bit different.

        1. re: ampeg66

          Amazing that Arredondo had his hand in almost every restaurant in my own personal list of "worst Tex-Mex places in Austin". I'm being serious, but this really explains a lot for me.

          1. re: TheBadWolf

            If you were nineteen in nineteen eighty three, you might think differently, except I only drank the margaritas . Matt's el Rancho or Carmen's la Tapatia were the places to eat back then.