..."One avocado margarita please!" And that's exactly what I did (a little nervously) Friday night when Alex and I checked out Curras, a Mexican restaurant that offers Interior Mexican cuisine along with Tex Mex for the more faint of heart.
Alex was told to check out this place by a coworker who is "veryAustin" as Alex puts it. We "mapquested" it and set out in the Honda Fit. After getting lost and turnaround a bit we realized that it was much easier to find than we had anticipated. After pulling into the "dive-like" restaurant from the outside we realized that it was very popular with locals as the parking lot was filled and we ended up parking on a side street instead. There was about a 20 minute wait when we walked in so we decided to wait at the bar.
Before coming we had both read reviews of the food/drinks and had seen that their specialty rita was one involving avocado. Intrigued I asked the guys next to me who had just ordered it what their thoughts were and was assured that, "well they love it, and there are bits of cilantro in it." Hmmm....."ok, I'll give it a shot!" $7.95 and 1 sip later I was liking it. It was quirky and fun....very Austin :-) However, after about the 3rd sip I demoted it to an avocado-like milkshake because of how thick it was and felt that it would probably go better with some chips and queso once we sat down. Which it did.......final thoughts: I'm glad I tried it, but will stick with a frozen strawberry/mango rita next time!
Okay, so that was my drink experience there. My food experience was way more positive in that it is now my favorite new Mexican food discovery in town. I'm usually weary of "authentic" Mexican food because I'm so used to my good ole Tex Mex. I've tried several other authentic Mexican restaurants in town that I dubbed as boring and forgettable.
I took our waitor, Mateo's, recommendation and ordered the Carnitas for my entree. Get this, it's pulled pork marinated in Coke, Milk, and OJ......gross sounding, delicious tasting. The pulled pork came with my choice of beans (charros with bacon of course), rice (which was the best rice I've ever had at a Mexican restaurant), an avocado salad, and this kick ass sauce that topped the carnitas tacos which I wrapped in red corn tortillas. There was so much food leftover on my plate that Alex ate the rest of my meal for dinner tonight.
Alex ordered the Mole Enchiladas with ground beef.......I tasted and we both put our stamp of "Best Mole Ever" on them. It was so rich, tart, and flavorful. Basically the place rocked. And their north location is no more than 5 min. from our apartment. We'll be back soon.....I'm dying to try their Chile Relleno and Tres Leches!
So here's to being bold and brave and trying what others recommend :-)