Strip Mall Hopping

Where to eat at 5800 Bellaire.

I ask the helpful gentleman behind the counter if Taco's La Bala has a house specialty. He points at the huge sandwich on the laminated menu and says, "This is very popular in Mexico." The mound of meat love he speaks of, a torta de la barda, is this crazy sandwich made with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, black beans, fried pigskins, chorizo, ham, headcheese and plenty of other things to tickle your taste buds. It is by far the best thing I've eaten in my ventures to 5800 Bellaire.

Mound of meat love: Torta de la barda at Taco's La Bala.
Troy Fields
Mound of meat love: Torta de la barda at Taco's La Bala.

Location Info


El Pacifico Sushi

5800 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX 77081

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Outer Loop - SW


El Pacifico

Hours:11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Tuna sushi: $2.50

Octopus sushi: $2.50

Red snapper sushi: $1.75

Pacifico Special Cocktail: $4.25

Stuffed jalapeños: $3.99

Vietnamese pork sandwich: $3.99

China Taste Buffet & Sushi

Hours:10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Sundays.

Adult Buffet: $6.99

Taco's La Bala #2

Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Sundays.

Barbacoa tacos: $1.45

Trompo tacos: $1.45

Torta tripa: $3.75

Torta de la barda: $4.50

El Pacifico

5800 Bellaire, 713-218-0701.

China Taste Buffet & Sushi

5800 Bellaire, 832-778-9988.

Taco's La Bala #2

5800 Bellaire, 713-839-8226.

In fact, besides pitching a tent for the grand opening of the dollar store, I think this is the only real reason I would come back to this strip mall. When I show up to work with a bag full of meat, one of my coworkers says, "Where did you go, Taco's La Bala?" That speaks volumes.

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