New Mexican restaurant La Plancha opens in Austin

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This summer, a new fast-casual Mexican street food spot with tortas opened in the Blackland neighborhood. La Plancha debuted at 1701 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Suite 101 on July 1.

La Plancha tortas — Mexican sandwiches served on bolillo buns — include La Tejana topped with barbacoa, avocado, refried black beans, queso fresco, salsa verde, and more. the burger with two beef patties, cheddar cheese and pickles; a vegan burger with quinoa-black bean patty; then The Hot chick with fried chicken and buffalo sauce. There is even an option to replace the bread with green vegetables. Then there are the tacos (including a potato and veggie hash), quesadillas, papas fritas, street corn, queso, papa asada, and mini churros.

Breakfast and brunch include a bunch of egg tortas: the La Brunch with eggs, chorizo, a choice of bacon or ham, cheddar cheese, avocado and tomatoes; chilaquiles; and two-ingredient options. There are also morning tacos.

The restaurant is run by co-founders and chef-owner couple Mariha Hinojosa and operations manager Julian Richmond. They felt like there was a lack of a torta-focused place in Austin, and they wanted to fill that gap. “We wanted to create tortas where people would feel welcome and familiar too,” Richmond wrote to Eater via email.

Hinojosa is originally from Brownsville, where she worked in various restaurants, then came to Hyde Park, New York, where she attended the Culinary Institute of America, then moved to Austin. She had been head chef for Second Bar and Kitchen in the Domain Northside’s Archer Hotel, and chef and operations manager for the Fairways Cantina golf course restaurant.. Richmond worked in hotels and restaurants in Buffalo, New York until he moved to Austin where he had been office manager for the Archer Hotel as well as a member of the catering team for the Archer.

The opening hours of La Plancha are from 8 am to 8 pm from Tuesday to Thursday, from 8 am to 9 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 8 am to 3 pm on Sunday. Take-out orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

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