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Worthy Tex-Mex between Dallas & Austin?

Jolyon Helterman Jul 6, 2013 03:50 AM

Driving from Dallas to Austin later today. Any decent Tex-Mex worth stopping for between here and there?

Barring that, anything else decent worth stopping for between here and there?

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    tacosandbeer Jul 6, 2013 05:07 AM

    There's a Ninfa's in Waco, just off 35 on the south side of the river, and La Fiesta as well, take the Valley Mills Drive exit, go west on Valley Mills to the Franklin exit, it's across the street at the bottom of the exit ramp. Both are completely acceptable.

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    1. re: tacosandbeer
      Jolyon Helterman Jul 7, 2013 06:11 AM

      Ninfa's turned out to be a fine lunch—thanks for the recommendation. My DC ordered the carnitas plate, full of pork that was assertively seasoned, with a terrific, just-fatty-enough, crisp-then-soft texture. Shared a chorizo-studded hot queso that I would get again.

      1. re: Jolyon Helterman
        twinwillow Jul 7, 2013 08:11 AM

        Thanks for reporting back. I'll have to remember Ninfa's in Waco. It will make a nice change from my usual stop in West for Kolaches.

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          tacosandbeer Jul 7, 2013 08:38 AM

          Just stop for the kolaches and save them for dessert!

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            twinwillow Jul 7, 2013 12:43 PM

            Delicious advice!

          2. re: twinwillow
            KrumTx Jul 8, 2013 06:42 AM

            I buy a big mixed box of them on my way back from College Station and freeze most of them. Even thawed and re-heated they're better than anything I can get fresh locally.

            I think it was you (??) who recommended going into downtown West for kolaches. I'll try that next trip. My car seems to automatically pull into the Czech Stop lot every time.

            I haven't been since the explosion.

            1. re: KrumTx
              twinwillow Jul 8, 2013 07:42 AM

              I haven't driven past West either since the explosion.

              But yes, that was me who said I usually bypass the always crowded Czech Stop and head east toward town after turning off I-35.

              Gerik's Ole Czech Smokehouse & Bakery will be on the right side of the road and filled with mostly locals during mealtimes. However, be advised they're cash only.
              My favorite is the poppy seed kolache.

              Village Bakery, closer to town is also very good.

              Believe me, I DO like Czech Stop as well but, only when it's not a mob scene of people who stop there while driving past West on 35.



              1. re: twinwillow
                KrumTx Jul 8, 2013 08:25 AM

                Thank you for the research! I'm going to pretend that I need to make the trip because I want to see my mother, not because I want to try Gerik's. If locals love Gerik's, I will too.

                1. re: KrumTx
                  twinwillow Jul 8, 2013 09:32 AM

                  Well, now you've got me thinking I need to visit my son again in Austin. I'm sure he'd appreciate some good Kolaches after all that (great) BBQ he consumes in Austin.

          3. re: Jolyon Helterman
            tacosandbeer Jul 7, 2013 08:37 AM

            I am weak in front of the carnitas there - I always tell myself I'm going to order something different, and I always wind up with two enchiladas verdes with carnitas. Ohhh, and the green sauce!! Glad it worked for you. I would have suggested the Ninfaritas, but you were driving...

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          Bigrayok Jul 6, 2013 11:36 PM

          I once had some great Tex-Mex at a truck stop on I-35 in Salado. I do not remember the name, but I had some great enchiladas and a tamale.

          Bigray in Ok

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