Las Manitas Avenue Cafe, Austin, TX
Looking for something local to eat in Texas, it came down to either BBQ, steak, or Mexican. Knowing that I already have the first two lined up for later in the week, I opted for Mexican. I heard about this "hole in the wall" down the street (211 Congress Ave, 512-472-9357). I opted for the cheese enchiladas de michoacan, which supposedly had a spicy sauce. But it wasn't spicy at all, and was a bit of a disappointment in that the sauce had little carrot slices in it (I hate cooked carrots). Actually, the cheese was still tasty, and I loved the rice and beans. The service was also decently fast (apparently the place used to cater to construction workers who needed to eat in a jiffy). But the food lacked punch...was it the Tex-Mex localization? I felt that I could get better Mexican food in California (I was also suprised at how small the portions were - aren't we in Texas??).
It sure was packed though - even by 11:30, the lunch crowd was piling in. And it looks like this places closes early - like 4PM, so don't make it a dinner place. In fact, it looks like I may have simply ordered the wrong thing; there are accolades hanging from the wall for the migas, apparently a Tex-Mex omlette of sorts from their big breakfast menu (they open at 7 AM). Too bad I won't have time this week to come here for breakfast, although I wish I could. In fact, there were so many food places that looked good in this area (apparently Iron Works is a good BBQ place - and I even passed by what looked like the fanciest Mongolian BBQ place I'd ever seen too). It's a shame that I won't have more time here.