Sad day in unincorporated Travis County, Texas. We made a run down fm 812 yesterday to reconnoiter the rural taco truck scene and see if some of our old favorites had stood the test of time.

El Asadero has gone silent.

Years back, I did a lengthy series on the food carts of unincorporated Travis County. I’d been on some long bike runs down fm 812 and fm 973 and noted that there was a mysterious abundance of taco trucks littering the side of the highways. Often times the food carts would be parked in a windswept pasture with little company other than the occasional cow or duck. I methodically worked my way through each one til I felt confident in declaring a king. Or, in the case of El Asadero, a queen.

Best Bistec Ranchero I ever ate.

I never learned the name of the taquera, but I made many fevered trips from East Austin to El Asadero with my mouth vectored in on that woman’s charmed meat. Her other offerings were fine, as were her agua frescas, but that bistec haunts me to this day.

The cart has shuttered. We pulled into the gravel parking lot yesterday afternoon and a for sale sign was tacked up on the business. I aimlessly stumbled around the property for a few minutes breathing hard and staring off toward the horizon.

It hurt.

We lament the passing of any restaurant. Even if it’s one we have little taste for. Hard working people are out of a job, part of the community dies and something is lost when a restaurant passes away.

RIP: El Asadero

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