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El Naranjo

Downtown’s bustling Rainey Street is a narrow, crowded thoroughfare that’s heavy on bars and light on parking, but it’s worth braving the madness to get to El Naranjo. If a recent meal is any indication, the cozy wood-floored bungalow is serving up some of Austin’s finest interior Mexican cuisine. The bread service alone is ingenious: tiny ciabatta served with a nutty seven-chile salsa macha, butter infused with arbol chile and orange zest, and the most balanced, subtle escabeche we’ve ever had. That masterful command of texture and flavor characterized every dish we ordered, from the spritely ceviche blending gorgeous cubes of yellowfin with habanero and sweet plantain to the exceedingly tender Prime filet in a smoky chintextle and tequila sauce.

City: Austin

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 85 Rainey, Austin, TX, 78701

Hours: L Tue–Fri. D Tue–Sat. B Sat & Sun.

Phone: 512-474-2776

Website: www.elnaranjo-restaurant.com/site/

Last updated: August 8, 2018