Austin food makes presidential waves

Presidente taco

Credit: KVUE

Austin food was front-and-center when President Obama came to visit.

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by SHELTON GREEN

KVUE

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 8:48 AM

AUSTIN -- The city of Austin has received worldwide attention for its cuisine whether it comes from a food truck or a 5-star restaurant.

Culinary delights from Austin reached President Barack Obama Wednesday before he even reached Austin.

For lunch in Dallas, Austin favorite John Mueller's BBQ was catered for the President and his staff; in fact the President later said it was the best barbecue he had ever eaten.

When President Obama reached Austin Wednesday night his host, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, had tacos and ice cream cones from Fresa's Chicken al Carbon on North Lamar catered.

Josh Gauthreaux with Fresa's said the staff took days trying to come up with the perfect taco fit for a President and the 'Presidente' was born.

"The 'Presidente' is a really fresh, Summer, Chicken Fajita Taco. It has a nice jicama slaw in there," added Gauthreaux.

"Well he ate two, so yeah, I think it was a big success," said a smiling Gauthreaux.

Fresa's plans to make the 'Presidente' a permanent fixture on its menu in another week or two.

On Thursday President Obama went to Magnolia Café on Lake Austin Boulevard where had tea and shook customers' hands.

Then it was on to Franklin's BBQ in East Austin where most customers have to wait for hours to even get inside. Apparently the President picked up the tab for people he had to cut in front of.

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