Houston's 10 best Tex-Mex restaurants.
It's been more than a century since the first Tex-Mex restaurant opened in Houston. George Caldwell brought The Original Mexican Restaurant to our city in 1907, influenced -- most agree -- by a restaurant of the same name in his hometown of San Antonio. It would be another 20 years before Felix Mex ... More >>
"I am not a smart man." Forrest Gump's words echoed in my head as I stared at the Saint Patrick's Day decorations hanging on the temporary plastic tents erected outside Watson's House of Ales this past Sunday afternoon. In my haste to come and try what I've been told is one of the better pub-style ... More >>
The top 10 restaurants in Chinatown.
One of the more frequent questions I'm asked these days is where to find good gluten-free food. And when GF folks ask this question, they're looking for more than an answer of, "Oh, any place that serves vegetables and meat. Can't you figure out your own dietary restrictions?" No; they're looking f ... More >>
When it comes to fajitas in Houston, many Houstonians seem firmly divided into two camps: Those who hold Lupe Tortilla's lime-marinated strips of steak to be the best around, and those who maintain that Ninfa's on Navigation is where the fajita was born and where they'll go to eat their own last pla ... More >>
Eater Houston: What's a typical shift like for one of the best, most baddest-ass female bartenders in the country? Eater Houston contributor Rachel Brill spends an evening with Yael Vengroff to find out, and quickly discovered that shaking drinks all night only looks like fun: "Yael finally relieved ... More >>
Not influential enough, it would seem. At our sister paper in Orange County, "Ask A Mexican" columnist Gustavo Arellano has compiled a list of the "most influential cities in the development of Mexican food in the United States." Spoiler alert: Dallas and San Antonio are on there, but not Houston. ... More >>
Serving bad Tex-Mex in Houston is a crime — and Vida is guilty.
Carne A-sad-aFresh on the heels of my personal DEFCON Dining Waterloo, my wife made the questionable decision to allow the kids to invite a friend out for dinner. I'm sure all the parents out there are keenly aware of the dangers imposed by the inclusion of other people's children. Even in th ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttMaybe only have one of these at Goode Co. Taqueria if you've got the kids in tow.With patio weather season in full swing, Houstonians are absolutely spoiled for places to enjoy the day outside. And sometimes all you know is that you're in the mood for a patio ... More >>
I've driven by Lupe Tortilla many times while traveling under 59, but I've always been too worried about getting side-swiped by some jackass in an SUV to give the restaurant more than a passing glance. Thus far, I have relied on The Original Ninfa's for great Tex-Mex, Little Pappasito's for v ... More >>
Katharine Shilcutt had a meal at the "absurd" Jimmy Changa's, and readers weighed in with their own, diverse opinions. Said John Davis: I don't think the Gringos people have had an original thought in their lives. Their restaurants are knock-offs of other successful places with lousy food. ... More >>
My regular camera is in the shop. You'll have to bear with me until then.At 6:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night, the wait time at Jimmy Changas was already 45 minutes for a two-top. We tried waiting in the bar, but it, too, was jammed full of people. The smart ones had hovered near the stools, waiti ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. New York Times: It's not often we lead off the weekly Sampler Plate with someth ... More >>
Photo by ilovebutterComing soon to Shepherd: another Lupe Tortilla sandbox for your screaming children to pee in while you drink six margaritas and try to forget they exist.Ever since Shuck Daddy's closed down last month in what's quickly become known as the cursed address at 1511 Shepherd, p ... More >>
Life just got betterYou, like all people, just LOVE Foursquare, the web application that lets you keep up with where people you don't care about are at any given moment.Because if you don't know that someone has earned enough points to be "Mayor of Lupe Tortilla's" or some such crap, your life wi ... More >>
Liver and onions over mashed potatoes: The ultimate comfort food.One of Houston's most critically acclaimed restaurants, Feast, is moving to New Orleans. They aren't abandoning Houston quite yet, but in a recent interview with CultureMap, chef and co-owner Richard Knight hinted that our city ... More >>
We scout out happy hour in Houston.
In Houston, we love our Mexican food. Whether it's Ninfa's on Navigation or Lupe Tortilla, we can't get enough of the stuff. The promise of a margarita and queso-drenched chips makes any Houstonian drool. But what do you do when you're craving Mexican food after all the restaurants are clo ... More >>
Quantifying Happy Hour
Lupe Tortilla's does things by the book. Its own book.