Lisa and I had a friend in town today that wanted to do lunch. Carolyn had just moved back to the states after having lived in Mexico for the last 5 1/2 years. She is great friends with the owner of Curra's Grill on Oltorf and suggested that we have lunch there. Lisa and I were trying to think when the last time it was that we had eaten at Curra's and realized that it had been way too long. We both remembered that the food and drinks were always very good. We were now really looking forward to our lunch.
Curra's theme is "The Mother of all Mex" and this certainly is the case. The food is traditional Mexican food and it is always fresh. It encompasses not only Tex-Mex fare but customary dishes from all over Mexico. There are entrees with influences from Michoacan, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Veracruz. They have Camarones Campeche, ceviche from the coast and even the hard to find Conchinita Pibil from the Yucatan. Curra's also makes 13 different sauces from scratch and they are all titillatingly tasty. You can get a chips and salsa sampler with all 13. And, since you cannot have Mexican food without a good margarita, Curra's steps up to the plate with 14 different offerings. Curra's bills itself as "The Home of the Avocado Margarita". If you have never had one it may sound a little strange. But, don't forget that the avocado is a fruit and the consistency of the margarita is like that of a mango margarita. It's tasty, refreshing and avocados are supposed to be healthy, so there you go.
We were seated on the back patio and given our menus. Lisa and Carolyn both decided on the same thing, the Enchiladas Chiapas. The plate was 2 chicken enchiladas covered in a poblano pepper cream sauce with choice of beans and rice. I opted for the Hungry Ranchero which was carne guisada covered with 2 over easy eggs beans tortillas and 2 pork tamales with a smoky chipotle sauce. Wow! Both dishes were delicious. Carolyn and I washed our meals down with a couple delectable margs while Lisa opted to start her day slow and chose to have an iced tea.
During our meal we were joined by the chef/owner Jorge Garcia. Jorge, originally from the state of Coahuila along the Texas border, is an amiable kind of guy. He has been serving up passed down family recipes as well as sought out recipes since 1995. He has put his heart and soul into this restaurant but don't think that he is resting on his laurels. He has 2 tequilas coming out. One called "Minero del Carbon" (if I remember correctly) which is on par with El Jimador and then there will be an upscale Curra's signature tequila as well. Jorge is also looking to open a restaurant or 2 in San Miguel de Allende serving good burgers and Texas barbecue to American ex-pats. He is also dabbling in the brewery business. He's a busy guy but you can tell that he enjoys what he does.
Jorge was called back to do some work and we finished our meals. We were stuffed. At Curra's you get generous portions so come hungry. This place, with an unassuming appearance, is a real gem. It definitely has an "old Austin" feel, which is greatly missed these days. Do yourself a favor and give Curra's a try. I think that you will be surprisingly satisfied. One thing for sure, I know that we will be back soon.