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Texas Governor Greg Abbott Dined at Matt’s El Rancho

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Is an Abbott dish in the works?

Texas Governor Greg Abbott with Matt's El Rancho staff
Texas Governor Greg Abbott with Matt's El Rancho staff
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Politicians get hungry, as did Texas governor Greg Abbott when he decided to stop by Matt’s El Rancho last weekend. He’s in good company, as the classic Tex Mex restaurant was known as a gathering place for Austin’s politicians when it opened in 1953. Lyndon B. Johnson often frequented the establishment and was a big fan of the chile relleno.

The restaurant’s iconic dish, the Bob Armstrong Dip, is named after the late former Texas land commissioner, who had requested a quick snack and was presented with queso topped with taco meat and guacamole. It’s so popular that other restaurants in other states have attempted to recreate the dish.

On the other hand, back in May, in a video about barbecue that was shot in Washington, D.C., for some reason, Abbott claimed that sauce is the most important thing when it came to barbecue. Later, he realized he was wrong and regretted that statement.

Matt's El Rancho

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