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Taco Tuesday: La Posada on West Gate

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

La Posada in South Austin reminded me of my recent trip to San Antonio. It wasn’t just the homemade flour and corn tortillas, the Spanish-language musical soundtrack or the terra cotta-colored banquettes. It’s direct, simple and really good.

Shredded strands of barbacoa in one taco ($2.49) cling together, bound by fat more notable for its flavor than grease, and tender strips of lengua ($2.59) are tempered by the sweetness of stewed tomatoes and green peppers. The beef fajita ($2.49) was cooked a few seconds longer than I’d prefer but was still juicy and caramelized, with lightly grilled green peppers and onions lending vegetal snap and not much heat. I recommend spooning the sweet table salsa, a soupy tomato base with flecks of serrano, onion and black pepper.

La Posada makes both flour and corn tortillas, the former gentle and buttery, the latter springy and milky like baked corn custard.

And I didn’t have to get on I-35 to enjoy them.

6800 West Gate Blvd. 512-444-2631, laposadasouth.com

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