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El Mesón

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Cochinita Pibil and Pipian at El Meson
Photograph: Veronica Meewes

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

While El Mesón on South Lamar has garnered some deserved attention through the years for its well-done interior Mexican fare, the restaurant actually started as a humble taqueria still located in Southeast Austin. Settle into one of the talavera-tiled wooden booths to enjoy some of the best tacos in town, including a few less common selections, like chicken pipian (made with a pumpkin seed mole) or chilorio (shredded pork cooked in ancho pepper sauce). But if we had to pick one favorite, it’s the cochinita pibil. Pork tenderloin is marinated in achiote then slow-roasted, folded into one of the paper-thin homemade corn tortillas and topped with punchy citrus-marinated red onions. Handheld perfection… no salsa needed!

Written by
Veronica Meewes


5808 Burleson Rd
Cross street:
between Judson Rd and Montopolis Dr
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 6:30am-2:30pm; Sat 7am-2pm
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