Austin restaurant reviews are thin on the ground this week as the town is carpetbombed with ACL coverage. The Chronicle has gamely weighed in with two reviews, one of new Spanish tapas restaurant Barlata on South Lamar and the other on Wholly Kabob, a Middle Eastern trailer that first started out in Rainey Street in late 2012 and now resides on East 6th. The Chronicle has also posted guides to ACL late night eats and a new Zilker-adjacent food trailer court.
Claudia Alarcón is really, really into Barlata, though she seems to be reviewing only a single meal there. Every section of the menu is praised, from the seafood served in "whimsical tins," the "variety of chorizos" not usually found in Texas, and the "perfectly cooked" arroz negre. She looks forward to "many return visits" so "I can try everything on the menu. Literally."
Meanwhile, Mick Vann notes that "health food" is "normally not my deal," but he enjoys the meat and vegetarian options at Wholly Kabob equally. He describes their vegetarian kuku sandwich filling "golden brown logs of herbed frittata – tastier than tofu." His final verdict is that the trailer "manages to cook healthy with loads of flavor."
[Photo: Barlata Tapas Bar/Facebook]
· Review: Show Us Your Tapas! [Chronicle]
· Review: Wholly Kabob [Chronicle]
· Rock, Then Nosh [Chronicle]
· New SoLa Blue Food Court ACL Ready [Chronicle]
· All Week in Reviews Coverage [EATX]