"The Mother of All Mex": Curra's Grill
Curra's Grill serves authentic Mexican food and drinks that will have you going back for more...
Austin definitely has its share of Tex-Mex restaurants- it’s just one of the many wonderful things to love about our city. And while I do love my share of Tex-Mex food- whether it be chips and chili con queso, or cheese enchiladas with chili con carne on top, I do sometimes miss the taste of authentic Mexican food. That’s where Curra’s Grill comes in. I was invited to lunch one day with a friend who raves about the food, and frequents the place often. Going in with such high hopes often scares me because I hate being disappointed if it’s nothing like what I had imagined, but Curra’s was everything I hoped for and more.
Curra’s is located on the east side of Oltorf Street- the restaurant’s sign is colorful and hard to miss. When we arrived, the place was still buzzing with a small crowd of late lunchers, but according to our waitress, Yvonne, the place is almost always busy. Luckily, we were seated promptly, and ordered drinks. As I reviewed the food menu, I noticed that it is very extensive. There are a number of dishes to choose from to please anyone’s palate. From veggie fajitas to the Tacos Carnitas plate, Curra’s is sure to satisfy. And if that’s not enough, they also serve breakfast all day, and have brunch on the weekends!
I decided to order the Enchiladas Curra’s- two cheese enchiladas smothered with carne guisada. The plate also came with rice and I chose charro beans instead of refried or black. When my meal arrived, I was pleasantly surprised. Everything looked exactly as I’d hoped, and I couldn’t wait to dig in. My first bite took me right back to South Texas and the Mexican food I remember from home! The enchiladas were messy, just the way I like them- creamy and almost melt-in-your-mouth. The carne guisada was tender and had the perfect amount of spice and flavorful gravy that mixed very well with the creamy cheese and corn tortillas. The rice was delicious, but perhaps my favorite part of the meal was the charro beans. They were almost soup-like with an unbelievable, hard-to-describe flavor. They were definitely the best charro beans I have EVER had. I thought to myself, “With food this good, how is it that I had never been to Curra’s before?”
Perhaps the most interesting thing on the menu that I absolutely had to try was the Avocado Margarita. Yes, avocado. I have to admit, at first, there was nothing appealing to me about a margarita made with avocado, but I’m willing to try anything at least once, so I ordered one. Yvonne, our waitress, saw my hesitation in ordering it, so she was kind enough to bring me a sample of one first, insisting that I’d end up ordering one.
Curra's Signature Avocado Margarita
Yvonne was right. I took one sip, and immediately knew I’d want a full one all to myself. I was really, REALLY surprised, but the Avocado Margarita was quite delicious. I do not have the words to describe this margarita, as it is probably the most original, unusual thing I’ve ever tasted. I will say this, though, it is a MUST try. You won’t be disappointed.
Apparently, everyone knows about this place! The owner, Jorge Garcia, spent some time speaking with me, and told me of all the awards his place has been given, and how a slew of celebrities frequent his place when they visit Austin. I wasn’t at all surprised by the number of acclamations Curra’s has received. The food is great, and Jorge is always there to greet his customers, both old and new, with a warm smile, and a welcoming “hello”.
Curra's Owner, Jorge Garcia
Although I live in North Austin, I will definitely go back to Curra’s for some good food, and another Avocado Margarita. Do yourself a favor, and check this place out!