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What I Ate: October 14, 2009 (Santa Rita Cantina)

Posted 15 October, 2009 at 12:26am by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Lunch: After going through our pre-carpet walkthrough/inspection of our new home, Tina and I went to check our a new Santa Rita Cantina (5900 W. Slaughter Lane Ste 550, Austin, TX‎ - (512) 288-5100‎) that opened up in Escarpment Village just two months ago.

I ordered the Fish Tacos where were quite good. Tillapia is grilled (not fried) and served with lettuce and pico de gallo on corn tortillas. A spicy, but incredibly flavorful avocado-lime sauce comes on the side.
Santa Rita Cantina - Fish Tacos

Tina had the Tacos al Pastor which I felt we nothing special.
Santa Rita Cantina - Tacos al Pastor

At $9 to $10 per plate, I did feel that it was a little pricey for the food.

Dinner: Tina's parents brought over freshly made wontons which we boiled and ate.
Won Ton Soup

8 comments to What I Ate: October 14, 2009 (Santa Rita Cantina)

Stephen, October 15th, 2009 at 3:41 am:

  • I'm curious. Where the wontons just pork or with pork and shrimp. I checked the cooking for engineers site and did not see a recipe for them. Also, you mentioned that you boiled them. Did they bring them over uncooked? If so, how did they keep them moist? Everytime I make alot, I have to be careful that they don't dry out.

Michael Chu, October 15th, 2009 at 8:45 am:

  • Pork and garlic chives I believe. They currently live about 5 minutes away, so they were brought over raw and we slipped them into the refrigerator for a few hours before we were ready to eat dinner.

Jay, October 15th, 2009 at 3:18 pm:

  • Are there any places in SW area (near Escarpement/Costco south) that has good Vietnamese, specifically a dish called bun. We tried Pho Thai Son but was not impressed. Thanks.

Michael Chu, October 15th, 2009 at 3:31 pm:

  • Bun? The cold noodle dish served with meat and fish sauce? Unfortunately, we haven't had that dish in Austin except once at Hao Hao on William Cannon (not to be confused with any other restaurants with similar names) and it was horrible.

Jay, October 16th, 2009 at 6:59 pm:

  • That's good to know about Hao Hao. We've been there a couple of times. It's so so, about as unimpressive as Pho Thai Son. There's got to be a good Vietnamese restaurant in the area. Maybe someday. Why are good Asian restaurants so hard to find…

Michael Chu, October 16th, 2009 at 10:11 pm:

  • I'll eat pho at Pho Thai Son but not much else. I won't even go close to Hao Hao again.

Michael Chu, October 17th, 2009 at 11:14 pm:

Jay, October 18th, 2009 at 4:27 pm:

  • Thanks for the Blue Bamboo recommendation. We will tell our friend who recently discovered bun (I plan to forward your post). However, the hair incident might be a big deterrent.