Papalote Taco House opened this morning at 3632 S. Congress Ave. It is the second taqueria of that name opened by brothers Sergio and Erica Varela, natives of Tejupilco, Mexico, who got their start in the service industry in Austin working as bussers at places like Granite Cafe and Mezaluna. The taco shop, which features street tacos inspired by their childhood, like mushrooms and hominy and shredded pork loin covered in mole pipian, and serves the same menu as the original on South Lamar Boulevard. The new location offers much more indoor seating and covered patio dining, sharing space with their barbecue truck, Twelve Bones BBQ.  Papalote South Congress is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The Varela family also owns Azul Tequila locations in South and North Austin.

The mildly spicy puerco en pipian at Papalote comes covered in a nutty sauce and topped with pickled onions, queso fresco, and a slice of fresh avocado.


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