South Austin

You know them for their American-style low-and-slow barbecue, but now the heroes at Barbecue Mafia have taken things a little further south – all the way to South Austin. South Austin is the team’s latest project, a Tex-Mex cantina in collaboration with southside favourite Cenzo’s Café + Bar. The cantina is inspired by the Barbecue Mafia team’s travels through Texas, particularly chef Miguel Vidal’s Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, and their love of tacos. While Cenzo’s continues to serve up its much-loved breakfasts and lunches, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights the cafe transforms into South Austin. The Barbecue Mafia gang is hand making its own tortillas (loading them with its mouth-watering versions of al pastor, carnitas and birria using Mafia smoked meats and house-made pico de gallo), while the Cenzo’s crew slings margaritas and other cocktails. Just a note on birria tacos – if you’re not familiar, this is a heaven-sent and utterly addictive concoction of a tender, juicy beef stew, stuffed inside a tortilla, all of which is dipped into the juices of the stew, then fried into a crispy, glorious mouth gift.


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