Anna Murdoc’s Cafe is a restaurant that many people know, even if they don’t know it yet. From their signature chorizo taco burgers at last fall’s Tallgrass Film Festival to their Indian tacos at Creative Rush events to their carne asada at KMUW’s Fill Your Mug event, members of the Rodriguez family have a taste that’s uniquely their own, and they get around.
Gerard Rodriguez is the owner of Anna Murdoc’s, which is at 209 E. William. Most people will remember Gerard and his father, Michael, from their barbecue joint, The Red Barn, a restaurant on the east side of Lake Afton that closed in 2012. I’d heard a lot about Anna Murdoc’s, and after a little taste of what they were serving up at Tallgrass, I was looking forward to stopping in.
I also really liked the posole, which is similar to menudo but toned way down. I ordered the bowl, with tender, bite-sized pieces of seasoned steak and white hominy marinated in a red soup of cumin, dry oregano, chopped white onion and chiles. It’s a simple soup that’s full of flavor. I couldn’t help but smile when I took the first bite because it instantly took me back home to Los Angeles and weekend Mexican potlucks. It comes with hot flour tortillas on the side for dipping and is $3.99 for a cup, $4.99 for a bowl.
The only downfall was how far away I had to park. I was told that a nearby parking garage would be finished in May, but until then, you may have to park a few blocks away.