Silent Sunday: El Naranjo – Austin, TX

Of all the restaurants Eric and I ate at over the seven days in Austin, Texas (and there were many), the only one we returned to over the course of the week was El Naranjo. Compared to a number of Mexican restaurants in the US, the interior of El Naranjo is modest. No red paint or masks or big murals on the walls. It’s relatively crisp, simply (and quite strikingly) decorated with black and white photographs of Mexican life.

The food, too, is equally clean. Take the fish tacos, for example, which don’t disguise the seafood with its toppings, but, instead, uses them to enhance the fish. There’s a slaw that provides a necessary crunch, and enough spice to make you want to reach for a margarita (or one of their other fabulous beverages)

El Naranjo
85 Rainey Street
Austin, TX

Mezcal Margarita/Chips
Guacamole and Chips
Vegetarian Mole + Fish Tacos
Tres Leches Cake

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  • October 20, 2013 - 5:55 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - chips and guac….oh my I’d LOVE to be enjoying that right now! Gorgeous photos:)ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2013 - 7:27 am

    Carolyn - Are those chocolate enchiladas I spy? Or some sort of chocolatey mole sauce???ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2013 - 9:43 am

    Jeanette - I love these Silent Sunday posts Brian – your photography always tells the story in such a unique way.ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2013 - 2:12 pm

    Amy @ Elephant Eats - Just found my way to your blog. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous!!! and that food looks pretty incredible too :)ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Amanda - Wonderful photos, that dessert looks perfect. I will definitely keep this place in mind for the next time I end up in Austin. Thanks! :)ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2013 - 9:29 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - It all looks great but oh boy that dessert…ReplyCancel

  • October 22, 2013 - 6:37 am

    Joanne - Beautiful. Mole is my latest obsession in life and I could never say no to anything tres leche!ReplyCancel

  • October 22, 2013 - 9:15 pm

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Delicious-looking food, Brian! Love your always-gorgeous photos. :)ReplyCancel

  • October 22, 2013 - 11:19 pm

    Monet - Oh how lovely Brian. You make us miss Austin so very much.ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2013 - 2:49 am

    Shelley Annem - I used to enjoy reading your posts….then I lost touch when I had my sweet Rose, our first child after 14 years of marriage. Now I find myself coming back to many things I used to love and enjoying them once again. However, cooking extravagant meals (lets just say my crock pot has been broken in quite a bit lately-husband joked that he was going to build us a trough), late date nights with my husband, going to fancy restaurants (or any restaurant for that matter) are temporarily a thing of the past. So for now, I will live vicariously through you. :)ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    Arnette - This recipe for Chimichuri Shrimp looks delicious and must be so easy to prepare. I can’t wait to try it. If I had the cookbook, I could cook it even when my Internet is not working… :-)ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2013 - 4:21 pm

    Arnette Storey - This recipe looks so easy to prepare and must be so full of flavor with the citrus and butter and herbs. Can’t wait to try it. If I had the cookbook I could try if even if my Internet’s not working. :-)ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2014 - 12:03 am

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