I Like Cheese: El Meson

Austin may be bursting at the seams with Mexican food, but for some reason we never get tired of the stuff. This coming from someone who didn’t even like Mexican food very much when I moved here. It seems odd to say now, but I had my reasons. One, you have to admit that most Mexican restaurants in most cities are terrible. Two, (and here comes a true confession) I am not a big cheese eater. Yes, I know this harms my bona fides as a food person, but it’s true. I didn’t grow up eating cheese and I’ve never loved the stuff. But I’m coming along. More on that later.

At any rate, when Texas Monthly published their list of the 50 best Mexican restaurants in Texas last month we thumbed through the Austin section in search of something new and exciting. El Meson is both.

The view may not be much…

…but the food is legit. We started off with some queso fundido with rajas. I was recently flipping through some photos on my iPhone and someone stopped me at this one and said “THAT looks good.” This is my favorite part of mexican food: cheese on tortillas. See how far I’ve come! (Though I still can’t handle cheese that’s stinky and hard.)

I like to gaze at this pic when I’m feeling down. It’s chilorio: pork tips in ancho-guajillo sauce. This was a perfect meal.

I should also mention that our waiter was supremely friendly. That kind of easy rapport between strangers is typical of Austin, and is one of the things that attracted me to Austin in the first place. Between the friendly service and the excellent food, I really hope El Meson finds some success amidst the dozens of other Mexican joints in town. I know we’ll do our part.

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