Sangria and Serrano

Tintos does some things right, but skip the paella.

You can judge a Spanish restaurant by its paella. Tintos's is interesting. There is some debate as to whether the saffron rice should be crunchy on the bottom of the pan; some would even say this is the best part of the dish. Others are of the opinion that the rice should not be crunchy, which is how it comes out at Tintos. I like it both ways.

But there's little debate about this: The seafood, sausage and chicken should be cooked in the rice to give it more flavor. Here it seems to be neatly arranged on top. I suspect that in the kitchen at Tintos, everything is cooked separately ahead of time and put together to order. Turnoff! The seafood in my paella is chewy, and I feel rejected by my sexy Spanish dish. I still have my bottle of wine to soothe me, though.

Go for the tortilla or the fritura de mariscos instead of the paella (above).
Troy Fields
Go for the tortilla or the fritura de mariscos instead of the paella (above).

Location Info


Tintos Spanish Restaurant and Wine Bar

2015 W. Gray
Houston, TX 77019

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: River Oaks


Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; 11 a.m. to midnight Thursdays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Sangria: $9

Christorra Basque: $8

Empanadas de carne: $8

Patatas bravas: $7

Tortilla con Serrano: $7

Boquerones fritos: $8

Filete de Carpaccio: $9

Mejillones Barcelona: $10

Pimientos del piquillo: $7

Paella Valencia for One: $18

Gambas al ajillo: $11

Estrella Damm Lager: $5

Apaltagua Pinot Noir: $23

Tintos Spanish Restaurant & Wine Bar

2015 W. Gray, 713-522-1330.

As with any fling, the start of my dalliance with Tintos was the most exciting part, because everything was new. The end is dull, and all I can do is try to think of a way to leave without hurting anyone's feelings. I sneak out the back door while no one is looking. Maybe I will come back if I am lonely.

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