The new restaurant N’Esperado brings together Tex-Mex and barbecue in the space formerly occupied by Mexican seafood restaurant Alcomar at 1816 S. First St.

The building that once houses Alcomar is now home to N’Esperado. (Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The restaurant, which is operated by the owners of Tex-Mex/Indian hybrid Nasha on East Sixth Street, features a menu with Mexican dishes like enchiladas (which can come with barbecue sauce) and carne guisada, and Tex-Mex staples like chili con queso, along with crossovers like brisket quesadillas. The barbecue section is limited to brisket, pork ribs and chicken. As for any Indian influence on the menu, the only real trace is on the turmeric. N’Esperado is now going through a soft open, with lunch service daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and plans to expand to dinner service once the restaurant has acquired its liquor license.

The El Chile restaurant group closed Alcomar in May.

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Source: http://dining.blog.austin360.com/2018/08/08/now-open-tex-mex-barbecue-restaurant-nesperado-opens-in-old-alcomar-space/