Enchiladas Tres Marias at Las Palomas, Austin
Las Palomas, I am sorry to say, is in a strip mall on Bee Caves Road. The strip mall is an enormous, baking-hot asphalt parking lot. Around the edges is a single long, low, soul-sucking building, with a Taco Bell on one end and a UPS Store on the other. Few man-made structures are as ugly.
Austin inhabitants appear to readily accept the brutalization commerce has wrought on their picturesque hills. This behavior is insane. An Austinite has no use for a Taco Bell. There are 4231 places to get good tacos.
Further west on Bee Caves Road lie some of the prettiest rolling hills on Earth. Until recently, you couldn’t swing a dead cat out there without hitting a magnificent vista view or a patch of wild flowers or a herd of white-tailed deer. Then developers got hold of it. The hills are now covered with water-guzzling golf courses and a plague of fake Tuscan villas starting at $500K. Few man-made structures are as ugly.