Big House on the Hill

Casa Grande, the Tex-Mex restaurant on a cliff above I-45 is a truly offbeat spot to eat nachos and dance salsa.

The cheese enchiladas were very disappointing. There was hardly any chili gravy surrounding them, just a lot of oozy cheese. The nachos were well-packed. The chips were topped with tasty refried beans, marinated fajita meat and melted cheese. These came in one big Stryofoam container. Meanwhile, the lettuce, tomato, guacamole, sour cream and jalapeños came in several smaller containers so the whole thing didn't get soggy or mixed together during transportation.

My housemates loved the nachos heaped with all the toppings, and helped themselves to most of the pile before my diseased fingers were allowed to contaminate them. I am lucky they left me any. If you never considered nachos an entrée item, try the ones at Casa Grande.

But the real surprise was the kid goat. I think it was cabrito ranchero, moist goat meat simmered in a tomato chile sauce. The generous helping of shoulder meat came garnished with roasted red peppers and caramelized onions, with lots of Spanish rice and homemade flour tortillas on the side. And since I am the only one in the house who likes goat, I got it all to myself.

The nachos make a great entrée item.
Troy Fields
The nachos make a great entrée item.

Location Info


Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant

3401 N. Main St.
Houston, TX 77009

Category: Music Venues

Region: Heights


Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

Shrimp and fajitas lunch: $7.95

Caldo de mariscos lunch: $7.95

Fajitas lunch: $6.95

Fajitas supreme: $8.95

Cabrito: $19.95

3401 North Main, 713-227-8801.

I am looking forward to eating nachos and drinking margaritas at Casa Grande some Thursday night when the restaurant has free live music in the downstairs bar. See you there, after I get released from quarantine.

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