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raj1 Jul 20, 2011 12:00 PM

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.

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El Mercado Restaurant
1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

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  1. TroyTempest RE: raj1 Jul 20, 2011 01:31 PM

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

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      raj1 RE: TroyTempest Jul 21, 2011 09:20 AM

      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."

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        raj1 RE: raj1 Jul 21, 2011 09:32 AM

        Jorge's!!!

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      gntlmn6464 RE: raj1 Aug 1, 2011 11:46 AM

      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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        tom in austin RE: gntlmn6464 Aug 1, 2011 12:23 PM

        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:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3916...

        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.)

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          achtungpv RE: tom in austin Aug 3, 2011 12:17 PM

          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.

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        ampeg66 RE: raj1 Aug 3, 2011 10:39 PM

        A little more Arredondo history from an old thread:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/416523

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          TheBadWolf RE: ampeg66 Aug 4, 2011 04:41 PM

          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.

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            agoodbite RE: TheBadWolf Aug 4, 2011 06:55 PM

            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.

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