The State of Barbacoa in Austin Texas. Part One: Fiesta Mart [ Day One of 7 Barbacoa Tacos in 7 Days Project ]

Fiesta Mart is an embarrassment of riches. While few people with at least a minimum of walking around sense, would dispute that it’s the finest grocery store in Austin, it also has a tiny and fine taqueria.

All the standard Mexican meats are here and the barbacoa, though it is presumably not wrapped in maguey and buried underground overnight, is still a credible version.

$1.94 will get you a doubled corn tortilla served warm from their $100,000 tortilla machine, a 1/4 pound of lean [ perhaps too lean] head meat from a cooperative cow and access to a small salsa bar with pico de gallo, red salsa, green salsa, limes and onions.

If you’re fortunate, the lovely Angelica, pictured above will serve you. This is a woman who relishes her role as taquera, feeding the people and smiling her way through life.

You can go as heavy or as light as you like on the condiments and if you need an extra small ramekin for your next morning breakfast taco they have no problem with it.

While Fiesta’s barbacoa is not likely to make you forget your uncle Octavio’s version it’s of a high enough quality to bear repeat visits.

1*

3909 N I-35
Austin 78722
(512) 406-3900

About the Stars:

4 ****  Extraordinary, life changing

3 ***   Excellent

2 *     Very good

1 *     Good

0 *     Mediocre to Acceptable

Quality, price, service and ambiance are all taken into account when rating.

About RL Reeves Jr

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