500 Tacos: La Posada

A taco a day for 2015 — and then some
La Posada
6800 West Gate Blvd., Suite 143 (map), 512-444-2631, www.laposadasouth.com
Hours: 7am-9pm Mon-Wed; 7am-10pm Thu-Fri; 8am-10pm Sat; 8am-9pm Sun
By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 06.15.15
My last visit to La Posada involved menudo, for a story about hangover remedies. Menudo helps your hangover because it’s usually the only thing more awful than your hangover. But it’s better at La Posada, more fortifying, more hydrating, cleaner-tasting, made even better by handmade flour tortillas. Today, the malady isn’t a hangover, just the shagginess of morning. And the treatment is less intense: breakfast tacos. Served all day, for whenever morning comes for you.
Taco A: Lengua
I already suspected it after that menudo, but their talent with lengua confirms it: La Posada has a natural talent for channeling the power of stewed meat. They roast the tongue, slice it into tender ribbons, then stew it with green pepper, tomato and onion for a savory union of flavors and textures. Among the best lengua tacos in this series. ($2.59)
Taco B: Carne guisada
The best gravy draws its strength from fat and seasoning, not from salt. La Posada’s carne guisada starts with good gravy, then builds from there with beef that’s firm and dense but fork tender and thoroughly saturated. Order it on a thick, handmade flour tortilla. ($2.49)
 Tortillas: La Posada makes its own flour and corn tortillas, the flour as fragrant and bready as a bakery air freshener, the corn as freckled as a trailhand who might roll it up and scoop charro beans with it.
 More tacos: La Posada brings a little of its stewing skills to barbacoa as well, mixing red pepper among the tender shreds of cheek meat ($2.49). Steam and fluff are compliments for a ham-and-egg breakfast taco on flour ($1.99). The al pastor, however, strikes me as underseasoned and overcooked ($2.59).
 Salsa: The house red is a thick, zesty, cooked chop of tomatoes, onions, peppers and cilantro. Ask for green salsa, and you get a thick, warm tomatillo sauce with big chili powder flavor. And they charge you $1.99 for it, a surprise the same as charging $2.50 for a cup of crappy taco-shop coffee, which they also do.
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(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)