Taco Tuesday: La Posada on West Gate

La Posada in South Austin reminded me of my recent trip to San Antonio. It wasn’t just the homemade flour and corn tortillas, the Spanish-language musical soundtrack or the terracotta-colored banquettes. It’s direct, simple and really good.

A selection of tacos at La Posada in West Gate Boulevard. (Matthew Odam AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Shredded strands of barbacoa in one taco ($2.49) cling together, bound by fat more notable for its flavor than grease, and tender strips of lengua ($2.59) are tempered by the sweetness of stewed tomatoes and green peppers. The beef fajita ($2.49) was cooked a few seconds longer than I’d prefer but was still juicy and caramelized, with lightly grilled green peppers and onions lending vegetal snap and not much heat. I recommend spooning the sweet table salsa, a soupy tomato base with flecks of serrano, onion and black pepper.

Some of the best barbacoa tacos in Austin are at La Posada. (Matthew Odam AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

La Posada makes both flour and corn tortillas, the former gentle and buttery, the latter springy and milky like baked corn custard.

And I didn’t have to get on I-35 to enjoy them.

6800 West Gate Blvd. 512-444-2631, laposadasouth.com

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Tender lengua tacos at La Posada. (Matthew Odam AMERICAN-STATESMAN)