On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor (Austin, Texas)

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor In Austin Texas

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor In Austin Texas

I quit asking for permission to take photos years ago. It’s much easier to just walk up-start snapping-and if anybody doesn’t like it then start throwing punches. If it turns into too big of a dust-up then squeal out of the parking lot with workers trailing in your wake as you fishtail wildly onto the street.

But I’ve been eating at La Flor for close to a decade and the owners know me well so I can’t box their jaws for them if they protest my picture taking.

Which is why this piece will not have any photos of taquera Angela Olarte, the owner of La Flor, a tiny food cart (it’s a cart, not a truck) on south First street in Austin, Texas. Ms. Olarte is camera shy and her son Cristian denied our request to photograph the tia while she presses out the finest corn tortillas in Austin.

La Flor was founded in 2002, the paleo-era of contemporary loncheras in Austin. Yes, there have been food trucks in Austin since the 70s but it wasn’t til the late 90s-early aughts that the modern wave of mobile cuisine gained a firm hold on Texas eaters.

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor In Austin Texas

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor In Austin Texas

I go to La Flor for carefully prepared meats and hand-pressed corn tortillas. On this visit I asked after the carnitas and desebrada and within 10 minutes found a feast placed before my eyes.

I only get to eat here once a year as I now reside in New Orleans, a 500+ mile journey east.

The strong suit of this kitchen is the humble corn tortilla. Angela presses out a thick, rustic take on the form with strong notes of maize. Her meat work is quite good too as the desebrada (Mexican pot roast) is succulent with good flavors of steer.

A quibble would be the paucity of meat on the tacos. To keep her margins in line, the cook keeps the meat portions quite small. The tortillas on the other hand are large which creates a visual disparity in the taco. At $2 apiece there is value to be had at La Flor but be aware that the tortilla is what will fill you up, not the protein.

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor In Austin Texas

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor In Austin Texas

The carnitas are some of the best in Austin. They’re the pulled-pork style of preparation with a pork butt being slow-cooked then pulled in the style of Carolina barbecue.

Ambiance is casual. La Flor sits in the side-lot of a busy quick mart in a residential neighborhood of south Austin. If you’re of a mind you could buy beers and sit at the pic-nic tables under a line of shade trees on the eastern edge of the property.

But don’t let the police see you doing so. This is not New Orleans where walking about in the open with a beer is commonplace. Austin has very little crime so a taco-eating, beer-drinking hooligan will draw plenty of attention from the law.

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor In Austin Texas

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor In Austin Texas

4901 S 1st St
Austin, Texas
78745

Sunday Closed
Monday 6AM–3PM
Tuesday 6AM–3PM
Wednesday 6AM–3PM
Thursday 6AM–3PM
Friday 6AM–3PM
Saturday 6AM–3PM

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor In Austin Texas

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor In Austin Texas

About RL Reeves Jr

I’m a writer living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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4 Responses to On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor (Austin, Texas)

  1. Roberto says:

    Have you tried ordering your taco with carne doble?

  2. RL Reeves Jr says:

    Not at La Flor but I did that for years at Arandas. The doble would often result in three times the meat for an extra buck. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Titus says:

    I’ll be checking this cart out later in the month. Love your passion.

  4. RL Reeves Jr says:

    Thanks man, it is fantastic. You’ll love it. rl

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