“The shrimp chelada appetizer at El Alma sings with citrus flavor. Mexican Coke
marinates, tenderizes and glazes a lightly shimmering chuleta de puerco at El Alma.”—Austin American Statesman, October 2012
“Rivero and his El Chile Group executive chef turned the building into a place for Alcocer-Thomas to showcase her ‘homespun take on authentic Mexican dishes’.
For this edition of One Year In, Eater Austin sits down with Rivero and Alcocer-Thomas to debrief on finding the perfect Mexican Martini, coming to terms with queso and other highlights of the first year at El Alma.”—Austin Eater, July 2012
“The menu leans more Mex than Tex-duck enmoladas, quail with mole-and lively flavors and complex sauces dominate. Try the chuleta de puerco: a Mexican Coke-marinated pork chop served with a relleno stuffed with rice and melted cheese.”—Texas Monthly, October 2011
“I opted for the camaron relleno, a beautiful roasted poblano pepper stuffed with shrimp, corn, and mushrooms and paired with a delicate round of corn pudding in a bright-red pool of smoky chipotle-tomato sauce. The shrimp and vegetables were cooked perfectly, and their mild sweetness complemented the more assertive flavors of the poblano and spicy sauce. “—Austin Chronicle, November 2011