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Dinner at Corzaon



Enchiladas Suizas

 Corazon at Castle Hill is a place that I live relatively close to, but have unwittingly avoided for quite some time. The large sign outside their door begging for potential patrons to try their happy hour, and even the Groupon deals I’ve seen them advertise weren’t enough to bring me in. One slightly rainy day, I decided to venture in.  What I found inside greatly resembled an episode of Kitchen Nightmares.

Guacamole
 The place was mostly empty, save for one or two tables of elderly couples. Upon first entering the few chairs available at the bar dead in front of the door. I almost always like to sit at bars, and this was one bar I felt was set a little too close to the entrance. We started with guacamole and the queso fundido. It was an accident that I started with the guacamole (I requested a side order, received the large appetizer portion). The queso fundido was just watery, sub-par queso with nothing else done to it, and a stack of mixed tortillas. The salsa that came before was smokey, almost vinegary. It was one of few salsas I’ve declined to practically drink.

Tuna Tartare

We put all of our order in at once, and I’m wondering why they declined to inform me that the tuna tartare would have come with the side of guacamole I requested. Could’ve saved me a few bucks, and also made me reconsider ordering the tuna tartare as my main course in the first place. It was tuna covered with guacamole. I never thought I’d say this, but at this point I was so sick of tasting avocados I thought I’d never want to see another. Tuna tartare should normally be light, relatively unadulterated, and taste like tuna. This was a sad additional order of guacamole, that had a few chunks of fish beneath. Perhaps the fish didn’t taste so fresh, and this was a tactic to cover it up? I couldn’t taste it, so I can only assume.

Adventure Time! (You may not get that reference.)
My partner did enjoy the chicken enchiladas, so I suppose it wasn’t all a loss. We both admitted that they looked more like Little Debbie Zebra Cakes and less like something appetizing, but in the end he said they, “tasted much better than they looked.” Admittedly, the drinks were relatively inexpensive.

It should come as no surprise to you that my overall stance is that I don’t really like Corazon. Their menu had everything from duck breast to Mexican food to a cheese and fruit plate on the menu. It was very unfocused, and I suppose with so many different styles and options, they couldn’t really master any one type of food. I still respect their happy hour drink prices, and hope that the menu gets a revamp soon.





Blogger Happy Hour at Hugo’s

Hugo’s graciously hosted a happy hour for food bloggers to come in and sample their offerings. I’ve been to dinner and brunch there previously, so I knew what I was in for.


We started with the shrimp cocktail shooter, which had just the right amount of spice, and moved onto shrimp and grits.


There weren’t many vegetarian items, but the Mexican street corn wraps proved to be a rabbit-safe option. I loved that the fact that they were wrapped up in lettuce!


The next course that came around was Hugo’s famous “duck cigars,” which paired duck confit with balsamic blackberry ancho jam.


By the time the chorizo spiced pork ribeye came out, everyone was stuffed. I made room for the green onion mashed potatoes anyway despite the fact that I knew dessert was coming.


The cuatro leches boasted 4 types of milk, and the chocolate bread pudding won our table over as the crowd favorite.


Overall, Hugo’s is fairly priced Southwestern food with pretty good daily drink specials from 4-7. They have an enormous patio, free garage parking, and some the most mind-blowingly inventive house-infused tequilas around.




Happy Hour At El Alma


El Alma is the adorable new spot on Barton Springs that you’ve probably driven by 100 times without trying.


I stopped in during happy hour (4-7), and my mind was blown by the overall quality, especially for the price.


The margaritas are made from fresh ingredients, not sweet-n-sour mix, and the spicy one can’t be beat.


I fell in love with their green salsa, cute decor, and amicable waitstaff.


El Alma is more than worth a try for great Mexican food just south of downtown.

Brunch At Torchy’s


Torchy’s Tacos is a famous Austin institution, and I heard that their
South 1st location was best, so I chose to swing by with my partner
on Saturday. The lines weren’t that bad, but service was not immediate.

He ordered the “Trailer Park- extra trashy,” which meant they removed the
lettuce and added queso to the fried chicken taco. He was extremely pleased.



I ordered the “Mr. Orange,” and a side of chips and salsa. The chips and salsa cost about as much as the taco, but I admit that the salsa was pretty darn good.

The mixture of blackened salmon, black beans, corn, and a drizzle of avocado sauce made it out of this world, and I’m not even that much of a taco fan.


We brought in our own bottle of bubbly to make mimosas with.
I’m not sure if that’s frowned upon or not, but no one said a word.


I wandered to the back and was relieved to find comfortable seating, abandoned game tables,
a lovely view of the creek, and (surprisingly) indoor plumbing.

With prices ranging from $3.50-$4.75 and quality that can’t be denied,
I highly recommend discreetly bringing some beer and having tacos at Torchy’s right now!