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Dining Guide

El Naranjo

Orange you glad that James Beard–nominated chef Iliana de la Vega is still concocting delicious moles and packaging them up to feast at home? Order this to go: The Oaxacan chef makes a sublime guacamole, dusted with savory panela cheese and served with flaky, thick flour tortilla chips. The current breakout star in Mexican food, salsa macha punches up an umami-packed bite of mushrooms, potato cubes, and shrimp. The mix, wrapped up in what might be the most delicious corn tortillas in town, is a bite of bliss. Hunks of cochinita pibil were tasty, but we kept going back for more of the nutty red mole with shreds of chicken. Pro tip: Buy a jar of the secret-recipe salsa macha to spice up your morning eggs.

Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.

City: Austin

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 2717 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX, 78704

Hours: D Tue–Sat. B Sun.

Phone: 512-520-5750

Website: elnaranjorestaurant.com

Last updated: March 15, 2021