Saturday, May 30, 2009
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Part II
Last year I was on a business trip to Long Beach, CA and decided to eat at a restaurant featured on the Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The food was great. Last week I took a business trip to Austin, TX and did the same thing, with similar results.
Saturday morning I got up and decided to take a drive into downtown Austin and see if I would take a few interesting photos of the area. I only had an ancient point & shoot digital camera from the office, so the photos aren't as nice as I was hoping for. Any way, back to the food. This place is called Maria's Taco Xpress and it definitely qualifies as a dive! It has more character and flavor than Juan Valdez. You enter the place through a dirt/gravel courtyard that is the outdoor dining area and probably where a blues band plays on Friday night. You walk up to the counter, place and pay for your order and in a few minutes a truly unique dining experience is delivered to you. I did not get a photo of the two tacos that I ordered and I cannot begin to describe what was on them, only that they were wonderful. They were like no other soft tacos I have ever had. So, if you're in Austin, look up Maria's Taco Xpress. It's on Lamar Ave. about two miles west of the river and downtown. You won't be disappointed.