El Naranjo in Austin

Austin is said to have many great Mexican restaurants, but I wouldn't know, because I discovered El Naranjo during my first trip to Austin and I don't feel the need to try anywhere else.  The food is Oaxacan-inspired, fresh and delicious.  We went for Sunday brunch.  We started with their house-made pan dulce, which was tender and sweet.  They made guacamole and complied with our request to make it without salt and also gave us chips without salt.

I ordered quesadillas with huitlacoche, but they were out of huitlacoche (que lastima!).  (Huitlacoche is a corn fungus which is used in cooking in some parts of Mexico.)  I had them made with chorizo.  Excellent.  My friend had chilaquiles, which looked good, but I didn't even get a bite.  He licked the plate.

The restaurant is on Rainey Street, which is a bit of a restaurant row, with many restaurants in small houses with charming patios. 

They also offer food tours of Mexico.  This sounds amazing!


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