So many people come to Austin and become instant queso ambassadors. They talk non-stop about queso, post about queso, debate the best quesos and put it on absolutely everything.
And don't get me wrong, I like queso, but I truly LOVE Queso Fundido...especially the kind made at Los Pinos in Hudson Bend; Austin, TX.
This is not the nearly liquefied kind -of- cheese/ kind-of -not-cheese that is the signature of most queso. This is real, stringy, melty, steamy hot cheese that becomes just the base for the rest of the dish. Encased in the cheese are grilled and roasted peppers and onions. Those veggies are close companions with the ground chorizo and pico de gallo that give the Fundido real flavor. And this queso is jam-packed with these veggies and meat...plus I love when I find a few mushrooms thrown in.
To eat it, you need to wrestle with the dish, mixing it all up and cradling it within a fresh corn or flour tortilla. This is not a chip-type queso...this dish is to substantial for a chip. You wrap your fundido and eat it taco style...trying not to get stringy cheese everywhere...you don't want to waste it for heaven's sake.
Los Pinos offers a lot more then Queso Fundido...but I couldn't go on until I told you everything you needed to know about this singular dish.
Los Pinos is a rather large restaurant, with three separate seating areas and a bar to enjoy your meal. It's not a flashy restaurant, just a comfortable place to enjoy great food and margaritas.
Their menu is extensive, here are a few more of my favorite items:
--margaritas..well done here, enough said.
--salsa...actually spicy (not bland) and addictive.
--nachos they are dressed individually instead of in a pile so each chip has the perfect amount of topping
--spicy jumbo shrimp entree--bacon-wrapped goodness
--chicken breast in mole poblano--great mole flavor
--enchiladas in green or ranchera sauce
You really can't go wrong with the food here...and it's all cooked fresh and on-site. I haven't tried their breakfast, but I've heard great things. They open each day at 7 a.m. and their breakfast tacos are only $1.49!
If you are in the Hudson Bend area...or want another reason to visit...try out Los Pinos for Queso Fundido and everything else.
If you are interested in buying and selling Real Estate in and around Hudson Bend. Give me a call. I live, work and enjoy this area daily.
Amy Kramer, CHMS, GRI
Real Estate Around The Bend