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Dec 10, 2013 10:54 AM

La Cocina de Consuelo

Great hidden Mexican food gem on Burnet Road

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  1. i've been eating there a couple times a month for a few years now. consistent and homemade food. service just depends on who's working and how busy they are. good tortillas and chili con carne. and great mole when they got it.

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    1. re: ieathereforeiam

      I'm with you on the mole. The past few times I've had it, it was with breast meat though. Didn't it use to be mixed pieces or did I make that up? I also agree with you about the service. It can really stink, especially at night. But the food's so good, I keep going back.

      1. re: kosheri

        to be honest, i usually go at night and if they have mole left i get them to make enchiladas with it.

          1. re: kosheri

            Right down the street from me and I've never been. Fool me once, shame on, me cain't get food again!

            1. re: rudeboy

              it's not groundbreaking. just solid tex-mex cooked by one woman. I think she has a catering operation that this place doubles as a kitchen for. breakfast looks good but i've never made it for that.

              1. re: rudeboy

                Also, note that they're closed on Saturdays.

                  1. re: TroyTempest

                    Sorry - that was a take on a George Bush Jr. quote.

                    1. re: rudeboy

                      I got your post. I liked it.
                      No, initially, I posted a sarcastic comment about nobody going out to eat on Saturday. Then decided to put my sarcasm away (for once), and since you can't delete your posts, I edited it to the current, which of course, makes no sense.

                      1. re: TroyTempest

                        Well, maybe we need to take this whole thing up a coupla notches. Post at will!

                        1. re: rudeboy

                          we've been twice. solid is apt. so is small, crowded, and slightly cute. GWB is apparently a big Who fan. But then again, Who isn't?

                          1. re: slowcoooked

                            Worked at TSftB for years and ate there several times for lunch. It was solid but not crave-worthy, about Taqaria A's level with more variety.

                            However, the tuna on sourdough at Upper Crust....sigh.

                            1. re: amysuehere

                              Huh. Personally I don't really like Arandas that much. What I like about Consuelo's is that it tastes like homemade food, not restaurant food, if that makes sense. Not every dish is great, but I really like the tortilla soup and spinach-mushroom enchiladas (and the mole, as mentioned above).

                              Consuelo's and El Caribe are my neighborhood favorites (with La Casita being the option when El Caribe is too busy and Consuelo's is closed). Do I like Sazon and Habanero better? Yes, but I have to really want it to mess with driving down south. And in that vein, I don't know that I'd drive across town to Consuelo's either. Except for the mole.

                              Now, Upper Crust... We call it "Upper Crap" in my household. ;-)

                              1. re: kosheri

                                Not a big Arranda's fan either. I've been to Consuelo's before and it was ok. I'll try it again since it's so close to home. I have always loved a good mole.

                                As far as Upper Crust goes...I like it. They have great Quiche (like the best in town), I agree with the tuna Sammy, I add avocado it and it's fantastic. I love the neighborhood atmosphere there and the owners are very, very hard workers. I like that they are always there keeping an eye on quality.

                                1. re: chispa_c

                                  I knew I would be in the very small minority by saying that I don't care for UC. I'll have to take your word for it on the quiche since I don't like eggs (weird, I know). I like the idea of UC, but I think I just don't like most American bakeries. I will say that their Italian cream cake is pretty good.