UPDATE: The Screaming Goat (née Chuco's) has closed :(
Okay, so I'm just getting some time to write about the INFAMOUS ROLLED TACO CONTROVERSY and by infamous it only applies to me and the six people that blogged or emailed me. When I showed up with my Hands On posse, the EPT contingency and the hard working tacojournalism bloggers, I was pretty impressed with the place itself. Chuco's is in an old little casita with clean floors (that's always a plus) and vintage Mexican cinema plaques on the wall. I do love my Pedro Infante homages!
I introduced myself to the owner, David but I didn't think I had to since I was sportin' my Chico's Tacos shirt (a true testament of a die hard fan!). He was very nice and so was his staff (could it be because they knew I was coming???). Everyone ordered the Chuco's Tacos (y'know the ones that look like Chico's!) as well as queso, soft tacos, & quesadillas.
I gotta say.....you ready for this......Chuco's Tacos delivers (yeah, I said it!). I think it was the mix of the El Paso feel, the memories of Chico's, the good flavors and the attentiveness of Chuco's staff. The tacos were good. They were bigger than Chico's and had a homestyle and authentic flavor to them. The salsa's were good too. They have six to choose from. David mentioned that he got the recipes from his Tia's so that gives him some street cred. He also kept saying that they're not trying to be like Chico's (minus the rolled tacos) and offer a mix of Mexican food (not to be confused with Tex-Mex). The chicken quesadillas adobadas had a good smokey flavor and I'm not the only one that liked them.....Jarod also liked the beans, Diana liked the queso and everyone gave it one to two thumbs up.
Don't get me wrong, I still love Chico's and will always go back to the original. It is nice that we have a little taste of EPT in the ATX now.
(Los Manayers at Chuco's Tacos: Emilio Medrano & Rick Galaviz)
I plan to make more visits to Chuco's Tacos not only for the EPT flavor but I hear that they have a Burger Happy Hour and Mexican beers for a buck fitty!
So what do you think? Am I on target or did they romanticize me with their EPT memories?
Chuco's Tacos - 4 estellas - El Mundo de Mando900 W 10th St
Austin, TX 78703
(L2R: Taco Mascots: Chuco's Tacos & Chico's Tacos)
In one corner, we have a new Austin establishment: Chuco's Tacos and in the other corner, we have a long established EPT hometown favorite: Chico's Tacos.
Now I am a big fan of Chico's and when I heard about a new place in Austin that had a similar ring to it, I had to do some investigatory work. Naturally, I google-ized them and found their website and myspace page. (By the way, when you google Chuco's Tacos, the google-meter asks you "did you mean Chico's Tacos?" Aha!
Interestingly enough, I found that they have smilar tacos as Chico's does; smallish and rolled with a runny sauce. I also noticed a similarity in their Taco Mascots (see above). Otra vez...hmmm....
My deep taco investigation lead me to David from Chuco's. We bantered back and forth, had to take breaks, ate some tacos and finally finished our email discussion after 4.5 minutes. He stated his case (pretty firm but the jury's still out) and offered me a taste of Chuco's Tacos. I, of course, being of sound mind and body and round belly-like, accepted his offer.
So it's on! Jarod and I, among others are going to Chuco's Tacos on Tuesday. I'll be wearing my famed Chico's Tacos shirt proudly and we'll see who comes out ahead.
Stay tuned for Chuco's VS Chico's Smackdown 2007!
El Mundo de Mando