Aug 202010
 

**This is a Mini Review while working in Austin, TX this summer**

Cuisine: Southwestern, Mexican

Address: 1110 W. 6th Street Austin, Texas 78703 (512) 478-5355

Links: Z Tejas Website

Z Tejas ~ Austin, TX

Z Tejas ~ Austin, TX

What we ordered: I started with a Frozen Margarita, which was both tart and sweet.  Very yummy.

Frozen Margarita @ Z Tejas ~ Austin, TX
Frozen Margarita @ Z Tejas ~ Austin, TX

I was disappointed to find out that Chips & Salsa are not complimentary at Z Tejas but I got over my disappointment minutes later when our server brought out two pans of complimentary Corn Bread, hot from the oven.  It was soft on the inside yet slightly crusty around the edges, baked to a golden brown.  Slightly sweet and even better with a small amount of soft butter.
Cornbread @ Z Tejas ~ Austin, TX
Cornbread @ Z Tejas ~ Austin, TX

I knew I wanted Enchiladas, but I couldn’t choose between the Barbacoa, Smoked Chicken or Seafood. The server said that the Barbacoa was by the far the best enchiladas, so I went with her suggestion.  I thought the enchiladas were really good.  The barbacoa was tender and seasoned, wrapped in corn tortillas and topped with a green chile sauce, queso fresco and shredded lettuce.  They were served with black beans and green chile rice.  The rice was very flavorful and had some smaller veggies mixed in; I thought it was a nice change from traditional Mexican rice.Barbicoa Enchiladas @ Z Tejas ~ Austin, TX

Barbacoa Enchiladas @ Z Tejas ~ Austin, TX

One of my companions ordered the Catfish Beignets.  These long “fingers” of catfish filet were seasoned and battered, then fried to a thick, crispy golden brown.  Served with a jalapeno tartar sauce.  Just add salsa and tortillas and you have yourself one awesome fish taco!

Catfish Beignets @ Z Tejas ~ Austin, TX
Catfish Beignets @ Z Tejas ~ Austin, TX

Another companion ordered the Grilled Shrimp Tostada Bites.  There were four tostadas topped with black beans, marinated grilled shrimp, fresh veggies (carrot, onion, avocado, peppers, cilantro) and queso fresco. These were delicious! They were slightly messy but had a lot of flavors and textures that went great together.

Shrimp Tostadas @ Z Tejas ~ Austin, TX
Shrimp Tostadas @ Z Tejas ~ Austin, TXKristi Sauer

Another companion ordered the Tortilla Soup, which didn’t resemble most other Tortilla Soups that I have had.  It was thick and made with roasted chicken, avocado, tomato, onions, and cheeses.  Topped with blue corn tortilla strips.  Thick and zesty!

Tortilla Soup @ Z Tejas ~ Austin, TX

Tortilla Soup @ Z Tejas ~ Austin, TX

Overall Impression: Our service at Z Tejas was outstanding.  Our server was excellent and so was the food.  The Austin location is the original Z Tejas location, with sister restaurants in other Texas cities as well as Arizona.
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