1411 E. Seventh
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11am-12mid; Sat., 9am-1am; Sun., 9am-12mid; Weekend Brunch: 9am-3pm
Takoba looks the part, but the kitchen is still catching up
Virginia B. Wood, 2010-10-21
The barbacoa is top notch, while the picadillo is mind-numbingly good, made from minced – not ground – beef. What sucked us in originally was the promise of chivo (goat barbacoa), which melts in your mouth with intensely good flavor and isn't too gamey. The carne guisada is tender and smothered in a rich, beefy, comino-kissed sauce, while the pork carnitas are tender and unctuous. When it all settles out, La Fruta has vaulted into rarified territory as one of the best taquerias in town.
3124 Manor Rd., 512/961-5013
This expert purveyor of real Norteño-style grilled meats and side dishes offers reliable Interior dishes such as puerco en chile colorado and pollo en mole poblano to round out the menu.
2136 E. Seventh, 512/480-9358
Sit in the main room at a tall communal table and enjoy myriad small plates.
1209 E. Seventh, 512/524-1448