By now, you've read our taco posts, and even disagreed with our tweets. Yes, it's true. We don't like paying for overpriced tacos and Austin has quite a few of them. Luckily, for you and me, I've grown a bit since my dollar taco days. Now I can proudly say that I will spend more than $2.00 for a taco. Mexican food and ingredients aren't too expensive and that's the reason I've been anti-expensive tacos but when the ingredients are mixed right, cooked con amor and the product is authentic, then hell yeah I'll spend some money on a taco (not to exceed $5 or $6 of course).
So last week, I met up with my friend, El Famous Soup Peddler at El Papalote. A small modern taqueria, El Papalote Taco House inspires un tipico cafe y taqueria de Mexico with a true homage to the iconic Mexican comic Cantinflas while serving up cafe de chaipas y un potpourri de comida interior. The place embodies authenticity, Mexican style!
At first glance at the menu, you can really get overwhelmed and a bit confused. But if you're a mero mero taquero (like me!), you'll appreciate the fact that they don't translate los platos tipicos - the ingredients tell the story. The menu is laid out like a Mexican market with a plethora of choices from tacos to huaraches and tortas to aguas y Mexican cokes! Here's a rundown...
Los Guisados - Probably the best taco variety in town. Complicated and delicious! $3.25 per taco, definitely worth it!
Los Madrugadores - Breakfast tacos, of course! Eggs plus two items for under $2!
Las Tortas - That's the Mexican size hoagie sandwich - Try the Torta Poblana: shredded turkey breast in mole. It's the kind of mole everybody loves, not to thick, not too salty and not too rich, ees just right!
Las Callejeras - From de estreets! Tostadas y taquitos (rolled tacos)
De La Plaza - Variety of meat offeri
ngs, lengua (tongue), cabeza (barbacoa of sorts), pastor y surtidos (mix).
Los de Masas (for the Cornbiters!) - Sopes, Huaraches y Tlacoyos - Definitely try a Tlacoyo but only if you can pronounce it!
Para Morder - Bites! That's their sweet, tangy and espicy salsas and chiles
De Tomar - Organic coffee from the mountains of Chiapas, Mexican cokes, horchatas y mas!
So there you have it. Finally a taco-worthy of it's price. I'm down with spending $3.50 per taco, especially when it's cooked to perfection and it brings out los sabores verdaderos de Mexico!
El Papalote - 5 Stars - El Mundo de Mando
2803 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704