Menudo in Arlington, Texas: Los Pastores Restaurant

704 E. Pioneer Pkwy.
Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 274-6525

Los Pastores Restaurant

The Highlights

  • Menudo at Los Pastores in Arlington, TexasMeat: a well-balanced mix of smooth and honeycomb cuts, cooked to the perfect degree of tenderness.
  • Hominy: as I asked for extra hominy, the hominy to meat ratio was slightly more than 1:1, but I personally like it that way.
  • Broth: perfect level of saltiness and a bit of a spicy kick, not too watery, but not too thick. Slightly on the greasy side, which I prefer. (Probably from the fat that melted off the several small pieces of pork “pata” bone that were left in the broth for flavor.)
  • Toppings: automatically comes with lime, onion, and jalapeño, but they were happy to add cilantro; the portions were just right,
  • Tortillas: homemade flour or corn, soft and fresh; if bread is more your thing, they do that, too.
  • Availability/Price: any day of the week—$7.95 for the medium and $9.95 for the large. The small for $6.95 is also available on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Mexican Food in Arlington, Texas: A New Adventure

Mexican Food Arlington TexasThe Pozole and I moved to Arlington, Texas from Austin at the beginning of August 2016. After eighteen years in Austin, we’d more or less become experts in the Mexican food and taquerías of that town. But de’d only been to three Mexican restaurants in Arlington—once back in April, when we came for a visit, and the second and third time shortly after we moved here.

So far, I haven’t been thrilled. I honestly can’t remember much about the first one, since we were getting a quick breakfast on the run before driving back to Austin. The only thing I remember was getting a plastic engagement ring out of a plastic bubble from the red toy-vending machine. (Was the universe trying to tell us something?)

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Menudo in Austin: Casa Maria

Menudo in Austin: Casa Maria

4327 S 1st St #101
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 444-8861

Casa Maria

The Highlights

  • Meat: mix of smooth cut with lots of the honeycomb cut, although some pieces seemed overcooked and soggy
  • Hominy: great ratio to meat (1:1)
  • Toppings: cilantro, limes, onion, and jalapeño were all available, however the cilantro portion was rather skimpy; upon request for more cilantro, it was mostly stems
  • Tortillas: nothing memorable
  • Availability: any day of the week

I’d only been to Casa Maria once before, about ten years ago, and all I could remember about the place was that the interior had been recreated to look like a quaint Mexican village. Nothing appeared to have changed since then, with arches every which way and fake roofs jutting out of walls.

But I’d been told this place might have some of the best menudo in town, and at $8.99 a bowl — one of the priciest in town — I was willing to take a chance. Continue reading “Menudo in Austin: Casa Maria”

Menudo in Austin: Mariana’s Kitchen

Menudo in Austin | Mariana's Kitchen

5510 S IH 35 Frontage Rd #410
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 382-2105

Mariana’s Kitchen

The Highlights

  • Meat*: cooked almost near perfect
  • Hominy*: plenty of it
  • Toppings: all of ’em…cilantro, limes, onion, and jalapeño
  • Tortillas: they were all right, nothing memorable
  • Availability: any day of the week

*Although the meat to hominy ratio was spot on, in general, the actual volume of it was less slightly disappointing. I ended up with lots of broth at the end. (Kind of like when you end up with a bowl of sugary milk after the cereal is gone.) But it was tasty broth!

At first, I have to say that I wasn’t sure about trying out this place. It’s right on the corner of I-35 and Stassney, overlooking the feeder (frontage) road. At $7.59, it was one of the pricier menudo bowls I’ve seen in town. But I was drawn to the fact that the restaurant was named after the owner herself. The front page of their website says, “Mariana brings over 35 years of experience in the restaurant industry and her love of cooking, along with traditional Mexican cooking that recreates flavors of her hometown of Villa Hidalgo, San Luis Potosi.”
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Menudo in Austin: El Tacorrido (South Austin)

El Tacorrido South Austin

2316 South 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 912-1939
El Tacorrido Sur | South Austin

The Highlights

  • Meat: smooth and honeycomb, a bit on rubbery side
  • Hominy: yes, but hardly enough
  • Toppings: cilantro (too any stems), limes, and onion (you may be able to request jalapeño)
  • Tortillas: mediocre
  • Availability: weekends only

I was initially suspicious of El Tacorrido. I mean, with a hip, clever name and all, and being in the 78704. Plus, it’s a drive-thru. With a cute little pig for a logo. How authentic could it possibly be? But still, drive-thru menudo? That’s just so convenient! Continue reading “Menudo in Austin: El Tacorrido (South Austin)”