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Dinner at On the Border in Waco, Texas

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Horse shows are fun because you have the chance to eat out and catch up with horsey friends. At the Blue Ribbon Summer Festival II, our first night out we chose to eat at On The Border in Waco, Texas.

We started off with some chips and salsa and ordered guacamole as an appetizer. The guacamole tasted fresh with good spices. It was mild enough for anyone to eat.

I ordered the hand-rolled enchiladas suizas. The dish came with three chicken enchiladas topped with a tomatillo cream sauce, with rice and refried beans on the side. The meal was prepared well and had good seasoning. The shining star in this dish was the tomatillo cream sauce. It was tangy, light, and creamy. The cream helped the sauce stay smooth and added another flavor dimension.

We took the Border brownie sundae to go. It came with a walnut brownie, vanilla ice cream, and two containers of chocolate and cinnamon sauces. It was very decadent. The brownie was moist on the inside with a little crinkly crust on top. Both my mother and I enjoyed the cinnamon sauce. I’ve never had a cinnamon ice cream sauce before and will definitely be making one the next time I’m in a mood for a cool, summer treat.

While I’m not a fan of chain restaurants, On the Border is one I would visit again.

Laura’s Perspective:

I’ve eaten at On the Border before, but not in Waco. I’m not a fan of chain restaurants, but it never hurts to try. I was pleasantly surprised by On the Border. The restaurant was clean, well organized, and packed with patrons. Our server rocked – he was prompt, courteous, and friendly.

My entree was the street-style mini tacos. I chose roasted pork, but you can have chicken or fajita steak. I’ve grown very fond of these little bites of goodness and am eager to try street tacos wherever I go for Mexican food. Honestly, this dish was too much for me to eat after a day of schooling at the show. Granted, these tacos are small and there were only three, but it was too much for one meal. I took the sides (rice, beans, avocado slices, pico de gallo, and red chili tomatillo salsa) and two street tacos back to the hotel.

Utilize the lime and extras when you eat street tacos. This type of taco typically comes in a corn tortilla and is served open-faced. Squeeze the lime over the tacos and be generous. The freshness of the lime coupled with savory meat is to die for! If you have a special salsa served with the tacos, use it. The chefs know what they’re doing when the elements of these meals are paired together.

Mentioning the fresh tortillas is necessary. If you’ve read our blog for any length of time, you know how we adore fresh, homemade, hand pressed tortillas. On the Border does not disappoint.

I shared the guacamole with Afriel and it was delightful. Way too much to eat in one sitting, but my hungry daughter had no problem polishing it off. The brownie dessert was enjoyed – very much – in our hotel suite later that night.

Takeaway

On the Border is located at 4320 W. Waco Drive, Waco, TX 76710. The phone number is (254) 227-5040. Prices are reasonable and credit cards are accepted. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

El Grande Taco in Kingsland, Texas

El Grande Taco Truck Kingsland Texas
El Grande Taco Truck in Kingsland.

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Are authentic Mexican breakfast tacos your idea of a good morning? It is for my mom and me. Whenever we happen to swing through Kingsland in the morning, we love stopping at El Grande Taco and grabbing a few tacos. It’s especially good to pick up breakfast before riding the horses, and share the love with everyone at the barn. It’s a great way to wake up (paired with the hot, authentic salsa generously given with each order) and extremely affordable. Not to mention the service is always impeccable.

Osvaldo is the man behind this tasty taco business. Assisting him at the grill are his wife and

Luis - El Grande Taco Kingsland Texas
Luis taking and filling orders.

adorable ten-year-old son, Luis. Don’t let his young age fool you – Luis is more than capable of taking orders and delivering them to you at your car, rain or shine. Remember that awesome salsa I mentioned earlier? Luis is the one making the homemade batches of spicy deliciousness that can quench even the hottest taste buds without overriding on taste.

The breakfast tacos are simply made without an overload of seasonings. The eggs and the accompanying meat are never dry and the tortillas are always freshly made. When your order is ready, it is always piping hot. Between my mother and me, we’ve eaten the majority of what’s on the menu, excluding the fajitas. The only difference between the breakfast tacos and burritos is the burritos are larger.

The chorizo in the breakfast taco blends in with the egg and has a deep, smoky flavor. The sausage is meaty and tender without either the egg or the sausage over shadowing the other. The cheese is a mild cheddar. While I would prefer a more authentic Mexican cheese, such as queso blanco, I really enjoyed this breakfast taco.

Osvaldo's wife - El Grande Taco Kingsland Texas
Osvaldo’s wife cooking.

The lunch tacos are your choice of four meats with grilled onions and bell peppers. When these fresh-off-the-grill tacos come out, you won’t be able to wait until they cool off to eat them! The onions and peppers are grilled until they are soft with a slight crunch in the middle.

Breakfast taco - El Grande Taco Kingsland Texas
Delicious breakfast taco from El Grande Taco.

This family business never disappoints. They have a good following in Kingsland and always remember a regular customer’s order. When we interviewed Osvaldo and his family, they managed to give us a great walk-through of the business while keeping the food coming out at lightening speed. This family has more than it all going on!

 

Takeaway

El Grande Taco is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday (6:30 a.m. to noonish). This is a taco truck located in the Pack Saddle Motel parking lot (2919 Ranch to Market 1431  Kingsland, TX 78639). Cash is accepted and a tip jar is on the counter (please be generous – these folks are amazing!). You can order tacos ahead by calling (830) 265-8590.

Lunch at El Bracero in Kingsland, Texas

El Bracero Mexican Restaurant in Kingsland, Texas
El Bracero Mexican Restaurant in Kingsland, Texas.

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Last week, we visited El Bracero in Kingsland for lunch. El Bracero Mexican Restaurant has been around for about four or five years, and within the last two years, ownership has changed. I hadn’t been to the restaurant since the new owners took over, so I was eager to find out how the food tasted.

Prior experiences with El Bracero were excellent. Not only did we eat in several times, but we also called for take out. What I loved the most about El Bracero was an interior Mexican taste as opposed to Tex-Mex.

El Bracero is situated almost at the intersection of RR 1431 and RR 2900, smack dab in the heart of Kingsland. The building is unassuming. Long ago, this building housed a furniture and appliance store. Not much has evolved since. The interior is little more than a cleared out room with tables and booths scattered around. If you’re looking for decoration, glamour, or a sparkling clean eatery, you’re at the wrong restaurant.

But if you’re looking for fabuloso food and a great group of people who are eager to serve you, El Bracero is the place to be.

Interior of El Bracero Mexican Restaurant in Kingsland, Texas
Interior.
Entrance and front area - El Bracero Mexican Restaurant in Kingsland, Texas
Entrance and front area.

Here’s the deal: Focus on what works at El Bracero. You have to overlook the dirty floors and dining booths. And the oh-so ugly ceiling tiles.

This visit my daughter chose…drum roll…enchiladas! (Enchiladas are her fave so it’s no big surprise.) We arrived during El Bracero’s lunch special, so the Texas plate (two enchiladas, carne guisada, rice, beans, and guacamole salad for $6.99) was a great choice. I chose a lengua torta ($3.99) and the rajas with cheese ($6.99). This entree features tiny strips of beef cooked with slices of jalapeno and topped with Mexican cheese. The sides include beans, rice, and guacamole salad.

I ordered the rajas with cheese due to our server’s recommendation. I asked her what would be yummy to try and without hesitation, she began an animated discussion about how the dish was prepared and cooked.

She sold me on the dish, that’s for sure. I love it when servers know their menus. Kudos, El Bracero!

Fresh red salsa and chips come gratis with each meal. The salsa is good – not the best I’ve had – but certainly many steps above the Alamo Cafe. The chef cooks the tomatoes each morning, cools the mixture, then adds fresh onion, jalapeno, tomato chunks, and spice. The taste is a good blend and worth going back for.

We did not enjoy the chips. They were stale, and the worst part of our meal.

After digging into our food, which was served promptly, I offer the following comments.

Rajas with Cheese - El Bracero Mexican Restaurant in Kingsland, Texas
Rajas with cheese.

The rajas with cheese were excellent. I’m not a big red meat fan, but the combination of beef strips grilled with jalapenos and topped with creamy, white cheese won me over. Don’t be afraid of too much spice with the jalapenos. The chilies were mild enough that my daughter could have eaten them.

We couldn’t have asked for better sides of refried beans and rice. Both were subtle in taste and exactly what you’d expect to find at a decent Tex-Mex restaurant. The guacamole was fresh, garlic-y, and sat atop fresh iceberg lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Good stuff!

I found the rajas to be best wrapped in a bit of corn tortilla and dipped in salsa.

Rajas with Cheese - El Bracero Mexican Restaurant - Kingsland, Texas

Fresh veggies and well-cooked beef tongue made for a decent lengua torta. However, I prefer the lengua as a taco. The beef tongue was chewy and tough as opposed to soft and buttery. That said, I need to try the new owners’ tacos. I haven’t had a lengua taco since the new owners bought El Bracero.

Lengua Torta at El Bracero in Kingsland, Texas

Texas plate with chicken enchiladas.

Texas Plate at El Bracero in Kingsland, Texas

El Bracero in Kingsland will see me again. I’ll try new things and pick the servers’ brains. And maybe I’ll get an interview with the elusive owners. I’ve tried to speak to them each time I’ve come, mentioning that I’m a writer/blogger, to no avail. Nonetheless, El Bracero Mexican Restaurant is good. Especially if you take the food home.

Chow, ya’ll!

Takeaway

 El Bracero Mexican Restaurant is located at 1516 RR 1431 in Kingsland, Texas 78639. The phone number is (325)388-0022. Hours are Monday through Sunday, 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Takeout is available.

This restaurant is something to explore. There are a wide variety of dishes available and while the choices are extensive, it works. You’re getting a taste of interior Mexico – this isn’t standard Tex-Mex fare.

Breakfast is served daily from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. You can order from the breakfast menu after 11 a.m. for an additional $1 surcharge.

During breakfast hours, order three breakfast tacos or one breakfast burrito for $2.99.

Lunch specials are served Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. For $6.99 you get a plate with sides and a glass of iced tea.

Children’s plates are available for $3.99.