La Fruta Feliz
Barbacoa de chivo (goat)
Past Salty Sow, Dai Due, and all the rest of the restaurants dotting newly trendy Manor Road, tucked into a nondescript shopping center, sits a little juice shop that also offers some of Austin’s best tacos at a mere $1.75. The star at Fruta Feliz is the barbacoa de chivo—braised goat. The slow cooking coaxes the gentler side from the meat, meaning you’ll not encounter the gamier side of goat flavor. All the elements were in perfect balance here: the large portion was a bit messy due to the moist, stewy meat, but it wasn’t greasy; the spice level of the dish is assertive and warming, but not excessive; and the high-quality tortillas are just the right thickness, strong enough to handle the meat and the generous helpings of cilantro and chunky onion. Of the three salsas offered, the roja was a standout for its sneaky, slow burn that built over the course of our meal. For diners not inclined to sample goat, the beef picadillo taco ran a close second during our visit. Service is friendly, if not rapid—one cheerful server appeared to be covering the whole restaurant on our most recent visit.
3124 Manor Rd. (512-473-0037). Open Mon–Fri 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat 6:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m.