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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
4.5
9.0
$30
A wonderful slice of Austin life that’s worth the lack of fireworks on the plate

Let’s face it: food’s only one reason people love to eat at a particular place. Sometimes it’s the main reason, and you’ll endure terrible atmosphere for a spectacular meal; in this case, the inverse is true. That’s not to say the food’s terrible. There are actually a few things on this crusty-crunchy-spicy menu worth getting (just skip the sweet Thai-inspired stuff): tortilla-crusted catfish, whose coating has a touch of heat, and is smothered in queso; cayenne-dusted Cajun meatloaf; crisp skin-on… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
9.1
8.0
$15
Oaxaca’s best restaurant, reincarnated on the banks of Lady Bird Lake

The original El Naranjo was famous in Mexican culinary circles until the Oaxacan riots of 2006 drove its acclaimed chef out…and eventually to the shores of Lady Bird Lake. Even though she sits on the board of the Culinary Institute of America, most nights of the week you’ll find her expediting orders from this well-appointed trailer in the exploding Rainey Street area—at least until her brick-and-mortar opens (any day now).

Oaxacan cuisine is distinct even within Mexico. The region’s seven trademark… [More]