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Jul 3, 2014 12:00 PM

Taco Cabana

The Taco Cabana at Riverside and Lamar has good tacos.

Oh, and coincidentally, it's right near Peter Pan many golf. After my taco, should I play the yellow course or the blue course?

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  1. play the hard one, its more sporting. I forget which color it is.

    1. Hubs, who has lived here all his life, says, "The front one with the whale. Absolutely." I hear there's a new food trailer park there as well, so maybe a dessert, too?

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      1. re: amysuehere

        Thanks y'all! (EDIT - accidentally hit send). Well wouldn't you know, right before we got there, it started raining like hell......they had to close for the evening.

        1. re: rudeboy

          After the taco, at an Austin Taco Cabana, we played the east course. Supposedly, that was easier. My boy couldn't hit the damn ball anyway. It was the first time for both of them.........and the first time that I had been there. Had a great time!

      2. Enjoy those tacos while you can because it's going bye-bye. Why? Because you just mentioned them.

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        1. re: sqwertz

          funny. because it actually is going bye-bye. Huston Street is turning it into condos.

          sorry if that was the joke. getting sarcasm on message boards isn't my strength

          1. re: ieathereforeiam

            The "Why?" part was sarcasm. One of Murphy's Laws says that as soon as you discover a good restaurant or business that has been there almost forever, that it will close down shortly.

        2. Taco Cabanas are a hit and miss thing... perhaps born out of the amount of hunger you are feeling at the moment...I can remember my Dad bringing Taco Cabana to the hotel room after a long day of being rained out at an amusement park and it being the most fabulous thing ever... then one time i had it after cheerleading with a friend and it was awful...

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          1. re: girloftheworld

            My experience with TC is usually location. While the one on S. Lamar is a beautiful spot the management is consistently off which leads to the service and product.
            I tried to like it as it was a convenient spot on my way home from work. My favorites are E. Riverside and W. Cannon I35. I think it has to do with a substantial Mexican population in the area. I find Ben White near Manchaca pretty reliable as well.

            1. re: crippstom

              Agree on the location differences. The one at Lamar and Riverside is usually messy, but their black bean tacos are good when having a pit stop from walking.

              I also remember, pre-El Regio and others, of the chicken flameante. Three out of four times ordering, they were out. Once, I had to go to four TC's to get some. And they were inconsistent between and within locations.

              When TC is good, it can be real good, especially if one is famished.

          2. I love Taco Cabana brisket tacos and barbacoa tacos. Nice and salty. (Have you ever noticed that quite a lot of places make completely undersalted barbacoa? I love salty food, so this is a disappointment.) In a pinch for a quick meal, I'd much rather go through the TC drive through for those tacos than go to McDingle's or whatever. However, IMHO TC plates are dog food. Oh, but their tortillas are awesome. Hahaha I have some relatives who go through the drive through to get Taco Cabana tortillas and take them to a barbecue restaurant to make tacos instead of eating the sliced bread. That's the kind of thing that would have embarrassed the heck out of me when I was younger, but now I think it's smart!

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            1. re: luckyfatima

              Not to hijack, but speaking of "salty", I have developed a recent addiction to Bill Miller's potato, egg, shredded cheddar and mashed potato on fluffy very nice flour tortillas. not on my diet, but who's diet is it on? the potatoes are the star here, they are salty, mashed, and browned. maybe the best potato offering in a taco I've had in Austin. typically and I don't know why they are bland and barely browned / crisped up at all at nearly every mexican joint.

              1. re: luckyfatima

                Good idea on the tortillas. I called and you can get 5 for a dollar or twelve for $2.71 (which doesn't make much sense, but there was a language barrier during the phone call).

                The only plate I ever order is the enchiladas verdes, luckyfatima. And I agree about the barbacoa and the salt factor. This goes back to my "Taco Cabana Test" to rate mexican restaurants (that I've mentioned here plenty of times). The first question being "would I rather come here again or go to Taco Cabana."