If you don't know what Paella is, you don't know what you're missing. Paella is a Valencian rice dish that has ancient roots but its modern form originated in the mid-19th century in the area around Albufera lagoon on the east coast of Spain, adjacent to the city of Valencia.
Today, it isn't easy to find...but we found a place that makes an amazing one! Chago's!
We ordered plantain chips with the red sauce, I ordered the mufongo and pastillilos and my husband had the paella all of which were PHENOMENAL!
Portions here are bigger than your normal tapas restaurant which is awesome since tapas are made to be shared! We had several people with different dietary restrictions but everyone was able to find several things to eat on the menu.
We all were super stuffed and ordered a ton of food but the bill for the 6 of us including drinks still only came out to about $130 and we really tried to break the bank! We've definitely spent more for less/worse food so that was pretty awesome.
In fact, Chago's cuban sandwich won the 2012 “Critics Cuban Sandwich Smackdown” by the Austin Chronicle’s Restaurant Poll Awards. It’s loaded with ham, roasted pernil pork, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and grilled to perfection.
Never sampled Paella? Now's your chance.
7301 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752