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Best Tex-Mex Restaurant Houston 2011 - El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

1201 Westheimer

Houston, TX 77006

713-524-1201

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El Real was one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year, in part because of the star power behind it — celebrity chef Bryan Caswell and former Houston Press food critic and author Robb Walsh. The restaurant has proved that it takes Tex-Mex seriously with its tasty old-school fare. This means queso and refried beans made with lard, enchiladas served with chili con carne, chalupas and puffy tacos. As for seafood, try the "Wholefish" Fajitas, consisting of a whole wood-roasted Gulf Snapper — the dish is a real standout. The best part? This restaurant will only get better with time.
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Tex-Mex Fan
Tex-Mex Fan

El Real is Real-ly terrible. This award makes it tough to take the entire Best Of seriously. El Real was a gigantic disappointment, and you're not going to make it any better by telling folks it's outstanding. There is so much great Tex-Mex in Houston, and you do this? For shame.

Confused
Confused

This "Best of" Award is pretty at odds with what's been said on the Houston Press Food Blog. There are 111 comments on this article and about 90% said that their visit was disappointing. Did the restaurant improve that much? I actually hope it did.I'm not trying to hate; I just don't understand how there could be such a disconnect. http://blogs.houstonpress.com/...

Fajitarita
Fajitarita

The description says it all "former Houston Press food critic". This shows the true bias of this "best survey". Seriously either get honest or at leaste change your name to the "Houston Editorial". The restaurant may be the best ever, but this write up would make msnbc blush. I doubt this will get published but then again maybe honesty was somebody's new years resolution at the Press.

Signed,

Honest

Tony Marroquin
Tony Marroquin

Real is a joke...the food is as authentic as casa ole....giving me a side of butter with my fajitas? Really? that's supposed to be something special...not worth the money...in a city like htown there is PLENTY of other places where money is better well spent.

CMN
CMN

Seriously though, why not provide some insight into your choice here, in the context of the totally mixed review and "first look" you've given the place? Unless you have an office pool going on how many pissed off comments you'll get. In which case, carry on.

Cara H
Cara H

I had a private party upstairs last month and every one of my guests raved about the food and the venue. I don't understand all of the criticism? I have to assume that so many 'haters' come out of the woodworks when a celebrity chef opens up a place. Really baffling and unfortunate. I guess this restaurant is seen as a threat? Those out there bashing this place isn't going to make us run out to eat at your crappy restaurant! We are smarter than that! Congratulations and keep up the great work, El Real!

Jason
Jason

I'm calling massive bullshit on this one. I've had better food at Taco Cabana than the shit Caswell is serving up at El Real. If ever there was proof that your whole list is a bunch of crap, this is it.

Rita W.
Rita W.

Those are some bad a** puffy tacos.. I'm so hungry

Guest
Guest

What a fucking joke. Your own reviewer could barely manage a halfhearted semi-endorsement of the place! Who the hell made this decision? The pro reviews are middling at best, the vast majority of guest reviews from Yelp, etc. are negative, and even the most ardent defenders acknowledge that the service sucks and the kitchen is totally unreliable.

And if you're going to award totally undeserved prizes to your own (former) head food critic, you should really be required to mention that relationship. At least that way we know it's just favoritism and not the complete loss of your judgment.

Guest
Guest

Houston's Best Tex Mex Retaurant!! I completely agree with this one. So happy someone is making tex-mex that doesn't taste like a tv dinner unlike some of those big chains. WTG!! Well deserved!

Guest
Guest

Really???? Your own reviewers slammed this place! It sucks and you know it, but it's owned by one of your former reviewers!!!!

Citizenne
Citizenne

Haven't you ever been to South Texas, Mister? They serve butter in little pats along with every dish. Poor Tony...he's just a little guy. Doesn't like it when someone else is bigger than he is.

Cheryl R
Cheryl R

We have been here several times and the service is awesome, friendly and fast just how it should be. The food was delicious and they went out of their way to take care of our needs. Too bad the guy above has no class or taste...Some people are just meant to be jealous hater losers. so sad

Guest
Guest

Super lame. You must have no tastebuds. And you work for one of those chains?? Ha. Enjoy your tv dinner, lol

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