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Verde's Mexican Parilla, a Lesser Known Gem

11.28.2016 by: Leah McGarry
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Verde's Mexican Parilla is one of those spots I've heard good rumblings about for quite some time but haven't managed to make the trek myself. Well, I finally got my family out there last week and haven't been able to stop raving about it since.

Verde's has a location in Round Rock and in Austin on Hamilton Pool Road. (Don't fret, it's really just a few minutes past the Galleria.) I would honestly compare the quailty of my meal to Fonda San Miguel or Santa Catarina, two other LocalSugar favorites. Rather than your typical Tex Mex, Verde's offers specialty grilled dishes. 

We started off our meal with two traditional margaritas on the rocks

Arguably their best known dish is the Pollo Palomino, made with roasted poblanos, Monterey Jack cheese, avocado, poblano cream sauce and their signature cilantro rice. Truthfully this is not a dish I would have normally selected, but I was intrigued by its popularity. Well, I made the right call. The entire meal was absolutely delicious, right down to the cilantro rice. I typically avoid cilantro like the plague, but the rice had a much heavier lime flavor. You can also select Mexican Dirty Rice if you prefer. I also loved that the meal came with a vegetable of the day, which you rarely find at a Mexican eatery.

Verde's signature dish, Pollo Palomino

We also sampled the Ancho Orange Duck -- a duck breast made with ancho cream sauce and another unusual find. Another feature of the menu that I loved is the ability to choose between extremely reasonably priced small and large portions. Knowing that we wanted a side salad (another nice option for a Mexican restaurant) and dessert, we opted for the smaller size which was still extremely satisfying.

Delicious Ensalada Verde made with cucumber, avocado, candied pecans, and lime vinaigrette

Small portion of Ancho Orange Duck

And yes, you heard me right. I know that dessert isn't typically a priority when eating Tex Mex, but it's a speciality at Verde's. We selected the blueberry bread pudding because, hello, when have you ever been able to order that at a Mexican restaurant? It was light and delicious, but I am already thinking of going back to sample their chocolate Tres Leches.

Blueberry Bread Pudding

As for ambiance, the interior is cozy and warm, and has a slightly upscale feel while still being family friendly. The area out back is more casual and as a huge bonus for parents, there is a lovely grassy area and playscape for the kids. What more could you ask for?!

Quiet, cozy interior of Verde's, but don't miss the playscape out back!

Be sure to check Verde's website for info on upcoming events and tequila dinners. If you're tired of the same old Tex Mex, make the drive out to Verde's for an out of the ordinary dining experience.

{Official website: Verde's Mexican Parilla}

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