If there were some sort of tool that could measure the amount of “buzz” radiating from Austin restaurants, Garrido’s would surely emit a big, bright, fiery red pulse on a regular basis—particularly on the weekends. After all, who wouldn’t like this sophisticated Spanish-style locale complete with an inviting bar and a shady patio overlooking Shoal Creek? (Ok so the creek is dry, but that’s not the restaurant’s fault.) And the food? Let’s just say this “upscale” taqueria has quickly squeezed its way into becoming one my Top 10 Austin restaurants and it’s not because of all the beautiful people that funnel through the door… and believe me, there are a lot of them.
Garrido’s has won me over because it is real. It may claim to be an “upscale” taqueria, but the upscale part applies more to the quality of ingredients rather than pretentious presentation or inflated prices. The food is simple, but the flavors are layered and balanced—a goal Chef/Owner David Garrido was intent on achieving.
“When we were developing the menu, we wanted everything to be fresh and simply made,” says Garrido. “Every component has its own spice and character. It’s not completely Mexican, Oaxacan, Tex-Mex, or Spanish, but there are hints of all of these regional flavors.”
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