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Fusion Fare at Chinos & Gringos

12.07.2016 by: Leah McGarry
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The unassuming strip mall at the Y at Oak Hill has certainly lucked out with eateries in recent years. Via 313 and Chen Z are a couple of my faves, and newcomer Chinos and Gringos is now a contender as well.

Chinos and Gringos describes itself as Tex Mex and Asian Fusion. Think of it like Chi'lantro but with puffy tacos! South Austinites are flocking to this new spot for tacos, kimchi fries, and pork belly sliders.

Specialty puffy tacos topped with chicken, avocado and shredded cheese

We couldn't resist the specialty puffy taco, for which we selected chicken. The tortilla manages to be both thick and crunchy and a nice break from your average taco or fajita. Since I was eating "light" (ha!) I chose a side of kimchi fries that patrons have also been raving about. I've really never met a fry I didn't like, but what's not to like about potatoes topped with sea salt, kimchi and other special sauces? You can even add chili cheese sauce for $1 more!

Kimchi fries made with wedge potatoes

We also sampled one of the rice bowls, which in my opinion gives you the most bang for your buck. Rice bowls come with ginger cilantro rice, an over-medium egg, and even one of the specialty taquitos as a nice side. We again selected the chicken, which came with avocado and lemongrass. But I also have my eye on the beef (certified angus steak) and especially the sausage with grilled peppers and onions and candied jalapenos.

We loved the chicken rice bowl topped with an organic egg and served with a taquito

Chinos & Gringos also offers a selection of breakfast tacos called the Good (egg, avocado, pico and mushrooms), the Bad (egg, potato, bacon, candied jalapenos, and shredded cheese), and the Ugly (egg, potato, beans, steak and cheese). I look forward to sampling these and not opting for a typical bacon, egg and cheese taco.

Don't expect much from the interior of Chinos and Gringos, but it's clean, quiet and quick. They offer one small table outside, or it would make for great takeout as well. They don't currently have their liquor license, but the food will be mighty tasty with a nice beer to pair with it!

Can't wait to try the breakfast tacos!

I'm loving the offerings at Chinos & Gringos and am so glad to see more delicious food coming to Oak Hill! I'll be back soon. The question is -- will I try out those breakfast tacos or a rice bowl with sausage? Either way, I know I am in for a treat.

{Official website: Chinos & Gringos}

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