Category: Dining w/ Diane.
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1816 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704
I love it that Sazón Mexican Resturant in Austin, Texas uses a Monarch butterfly for it’s logo. It reminds me of the fascinating history of the Monarch butterfly’s migration from Canada and North America to the state of Michoacan in Central Mexico. When I see a Monarch butterfly I always think of not only Michoacan, but Mexico in general and the diversity of the country and it’s cuisine. Like the bejeweled Monarch, the regional Mexican dishes served at Sazón are a real treasure.
As far as looks go, Sazón is the Plain Jane of a fine dining setting. Even the colored tissues picadas hanging from the ceiling aren’t enough to gussie up the drab interior. But wait – it’s what comes out of the kitchen that counts, right? Of course it is! And here’s where you can enjoy interior Mexican food that’s fit for a king, but for a pauper’s purse. Forget about architectural style and feast your eyes on what’s brought to the table.
The Sazón menu is a cornucopia of choices. There’s appetizers such as Empanadas de Huitlachoche, Empanadas de Jaiba (crab), Sopecitos (handmade masa corncakes) filled with beans, chicken or chorizo and even Cochinita Pibil (Yucatan-style shredded pork) – all ample enough for sharing or even as an entree for one.
Salads range from Ensalada Caesar (yes, Caesar salad is Mexican, not Italian) to Ensalada de Nopalitos (tender strips of the prickly pear cactus w/ diced tomatoes, onion, cilantro, oregano, queso fresco and fresh jalapeños). The Ensalada Mexicana of fresh spinach, toasted almonds, sesame seeds, feta cheese, chilie ancho, tortilla strips is a light meal in itself.
Hearty chicken entries are served either in Mole Oaxaqueño sauce (dark, rich, complex) or Pipian Verde (roasted pumpkin seed sauce). Two of my favorite dishes are the Carnitas Michoacanas (glazed pork) and the Alambres de Res (grilled, skewered beef tenderloins). All served with choice of black beans or Charro-style beans, rice and tortillas. The Poblano Chile En Nogada filled with fruits, nuts, shredded pork, then topped with a walnut cream sauce is as good as I’ve had in any restaurant in Mexico.
Ohmagosh! And then there’s the enchiladas in every style imagineable: de Mole, Espinaca, Potosinas (folded, stuffed with Queso Fresco, Pipian, Carnitas (tangy fried pork), Jaiba, Suiza, Del Norte and Chipotle.
Sazón is one of my favorite breakfast places, too. The last time we were there we ordered Chiquiles (fried tortilla pieces simmered in chipotle sauce) and the Arrachera (a marinated, grilled hanger steak w/pico de gallo). Both were served with two eggs and choice of beans (see photo). The coffee is good and the orange juice is freshly squeezed.
From 3:00-7:00 Monday through Friday you can enjoy drink and appetizer specials at Sazon’s Happy Hour. Live music is sometimes featured at the Sunday brunch.
For complete restaurant hours and also great descriptions of menu items in English go to their site: www.SazonAustin.com
Diane Payton Gomez