When you stake a claim within rock throwing distance of one of Austin’s most legendary taquerias [Tamale House] you’d better be prepared to bring your A game on a daily basis.
In some ways La Canaria is actually superior to the icon. To be frank Tamale House has the worst flour tortillas in town. They don’t offer corn so you will eat flour or you will eat nothing.
La Canaria’s homemade corn tortillas, while not top tier,are respectable. The cook,a girl who appears to be 13 or so, makes them per order on a flat top without oil.The masa, likely from Fiesta,has been richened with lard and pressed out to a likeable thin-ness
Pork in red sauce is finely shredded meat in a brilliant red adobo sauce. Topped with chopped onions and doused with a bit of fresh lime juice it is fine. The barbacoa however is excellent. Most of the fat has been rendered out leaving little crispy bits here and there. Barbacoa ages quickly but La Canaria’s version is extremely fresh and of good quality.
Ambience is fine. You’re afforded a nice view of the busy intersection from the lone table squatted on the cement side slab due north of the cart. The quick mart sees a steady stream of neighborhood folks most of whom disembark from their autos seemingly drunk as they stagger about before sort of pitching their way through the doorway.
La Canaria is open from 7 am to 9 pm [ later if they’re busy ] 7 days a week. If the weather’s rough I’ve noted them to not honor these hours .It’s a top ten cart in Austin with the potential of being top 5.
Taqueria La CanariaE 51st St & Airport Blvd Austin, TX 78751 One * About the Stars:4 **** Extraordinary, life changing
3 *** Excellent
2 * Very good
1 * Good
0 * Mediocre
Quality, price, service and ambiance are all taken into account when rating.