La Chaparrita in Highland Mall
La Chaparrita has long been on my list of spots to try. We heard it was worth checking out even though it’s located in the food court at Highland Mall. Food courts aren’t exactly know for putting love into their food, you know?!
Generally, I only eat at food courts when I’m desperately hungry, and while Highland Mall is just across I-35 from our house, I’ve only been inside once in the eight years I’ve lived in Austin — to buy a suitcase from the (now closed) J.C. Penney.
I’m so glad that I ignored my better judgement and tried this hidden gem out anyway. Not only did we try it, but two out of the three dishes we ordered were ceviche — yep, raw fish “cooked” by marinating it in citrus. And everything was flavorful, complex, and delicious.
We ordered the tilapia ceviche, tiradito al aji (also made with tilapia — we probably didn’t need both of these dishes), and adobo de puerco.
I believe that La Chaparrita will be celebrating its one year anniversary in early December. Be sure that you stop by to try some of their dishes. Maybe the next trend (after food carts die down) will be fine cuisine in mall food courts!
- Please note that there is another spot in the area called La Chaparrita. However, it is located in Leander and is a meat market, grocery, and taqeria. So while you won’t find Peruvian food there, it also gets some pretty strong reviews.