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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
9.0
7.5
$15
A one-woman operation with memorable quirks and fried chicken

The self-styled Nubian Queen originally opened this closet-sized restaurant as a way to feed the homeless (which she still does every Sunday). The building appears nearly condemned, but the colorful storefront is exciting and inviting. Inside, it’s flourescently lit and cramped, but diners happily chat each other up while waiting (and waiting and waiting) for their food. The sponge-painted room is decked out with inspirational quotes and observations in Lola’s handwriting, and when she’s done cooking your meal, she’ll come… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.7
6.0
$10
These authentic and intoxicating flavors are no joke

If you love Azul Tequila, get down to Papalote, their taquería in the slow-forming Austinville plaza on South Lamar. It’s a pretty typical strip-mall affair, with a couple tables inside and out, and beverages in coolers, but the gray-blue cinderblock room warmly pays homage to some of Mexico’s great comedians in framed movie posters and caricatures. The menu continues this with a section of street-food tacos named after Juan Camaney, their version of John Belushi. It’s at first a confusing… [More]