Pappasito’s Cantina, Austin, TX

If you take the phrase “everything’s bigger in Texas” and then apply it to Mexican food, Pappasito’s is the place to go. It is owned by the same people who own Pappadeaux and is actually just down the road from it.

The building itself is huge and can accommodate a lot of people. When Victoria and I went here, we had to park a ways away in a packed parking lot. This did give me an opportunity to take a bunch of pictures of the outside.

Just like the outside, the inside was huge.

The menu also had a large selection to choose from.

While we were trying to make up our minds on what we wanted to eat, our chips and salsa arrived. This also fits the “Texas big” theme as the basket of chips was huge! We also got 3 bowls of salsa. The salsa was mild and had a lot of good flavor to it.

I got chicken fajita flautas. I do like flautas, and it’s a bit more Mexican than my usual taco salad. It’s a good dish I can use to measure how good a Mexican restaurant is.

Victoria had the chicken and spinach quesadillas.

With our meals came some hot sauces. These were mild like the salsa and had a lot of flavor.

Both of our meals were really good! This place is hyped a bit, but it does live up to the hype. I was impressed with the food and made sure none of it went to waste.

Additionally, our server Jenora was great. She was on top of everything and did a good job considering how packed it was. The little time we did wait, I did see they also provided good wifi.

Other cool things the restaurant had was a mariachi band.

The only negative thing I will say about this place is it was loud! With them living up to the hype and having such a large building, there were a ton of people. With a ton of people and a mariachi band playing, the sheer volume of the place made it hard to have a conversation. It was almost like being in a crowded bar.

With that being said, if you’re up for a louder and more lively place and want to experience “Texas big” in a Mexican restaurant setting, this is the place to go. You might not be able to have a quiet dinner, but sometimes you have to make a trade. If you can make that trade, you won’t be disappointed!

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