Until this past Tuesday, I didn't realize how easy a day trip to San Antonio could be. Thanks to the recently raised speed limit on I-10, you can speed to the Alamo in three easy hours (or less, if you set your cruise control just above the new 75-mile-per-hour speed limit...not that I'm advocating ... More >>
Celebrity chef Aquiles Chavez introduces Houston to the modern Mexican food he left behind in his home country.
Upon stepping through La Lupita's heavy, black-iron door, you're greeted with rustic shelves holding tequila and baskets of colorful produce; a lively painting of La Virgen de Guadalupe; and a bright-red ceiling centerpiece made of hand-blown glass hearts. A grand spiral staircase with a wrought-iro ... More >>
Though some bemoan the increasingly popular practice of "National [Insert Food Here] Month," I couldn't be happier that the 31 days of May are devoted to celebrating the enchilada. I've always thought the enchilada was underappreciated compared to say, fajitas or tacos. A Yankee acquaintance of mi ... More >>
If you're anything like me, pupusas are the first thing that spring to mind when thinking of Salvadoran food. And why not: The fat, round pockets of cheese, beans, meat (and sometimes all three) are like the divine offspring of Mexican quesadillas and gorditas. They're portable and easy to consume, ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!!] And how can I get a copy of Taco USA?
The last two days, Latin TV personality Aquiles Chavez, Chef and Owner of the new restaurant La Fisheria, shared stories about his mustache, his French training, his TV shows, and how he hopes to show Houstonians real food from Mexico. From what he's shown me, Mexican food is vibrant, complex, fla ... More >>
Yesterday, we chatted with Owner and Executive Chef Aquiles Chavez of La Fisheria about school in France with Alain Ducasse and his famous mustache. Today, we talk about his TV shows and the food he's making at La Fisheria. EOW: So, when Utilisima called you, what kind of show did you do for them? ... 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.
This tiny East End restaurant — attached to a dried-beef factory — serves tasty, old-school Tex-Mex classics.
Photos by Francisco MontesFrom the moment I saw Chef Tommy Birdwell's tamales plated and handed over to eager guests, I knew he'd brought his A-game to last Thursday night's Tequila & Tamales event at Xuco Xicana. Each corn husk had been tied and butterflied open with a flourish, showcasing t ... More >>
Have you marked off next Thursday, December 15, in your calendar? Good, because the RSVP list for our Tequila & Tamales event is filling up fast. As with Wingtoberfest, the Tequila & Tamales tasting is free to the public, but it's also first-come, first-served. The first 200 guests will receive ta ... More >>
The infused tequilas and modern Tex-Mex at this neighborhood hangout are bien bueno.
Here in Houston, it's not Christmas without tamales. And nothing goes better with tamales on a cold night than a warming shot of tequila. So head out to Xuco Xicana on Thursday, December 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. to share both with us as Eating Our Words presents Tequila & Tamales! Local restaurants su ... More >>
Portrait of a Taco Enthusiast as A Young ManThat's me up there with my dad, eating a plate full of tacos, the happiest 4-year-old ever. It was there in that one-bedroom duplex in the East End where my love of tacos and all things Mexican originated. Menudo for breakfast? Yes, please. Tamales for ... More >>
With expectations sky-high, El Real Tex-Mex Cafe struggles for glory.
Photos by Troy FieldsThe marquee is best appreciated at night, neon lights in full bloom.Earlier this week, it was reported that Trader Joe's will likely be moving into the old Alabama Theater on West Alabama at Shepherd, thereby saving the old theater from obscurity and possible demolition. ... More >>
LexnGerIf you live in Texas, the tortilla is a staple in your pantry right next to the loaf of Texas toast. It's such a regular part of our diet, we often don't think twice about its history or endless possibilities. Stop a minute, and give the tortilla the attention it deserves. Here's so ... More >>
It's almost beside the point that the food at this new restaurant is all-vegan.
Photos by Troy FieldsFried green tomatoes and fried okra tacos are on the menu right now at Radical Eats.The Mexican food at Radical Eats is so good, you might not even realize it's vegan. Or gluten-free. And that's the way owner Staci Davis likes it. She doesn't have anything against carniv ... More >>
Don't gotta tell me twice. Oh, Taco C, how I love thee. Maybe it's because I lived off Taco Cabana tortillas and queso in college; every great night at the square or float down the river in San Marcos ended with a trip to TC. Drunk, sober or hungover, it hits the spot. So when I saw an ad f ... More >>
Taqueria El PalomoWith food trucks being all the rage these days, one can easily forget that they -- specifically, taco trucks -- have been around for a long time. Back in 2007, Robb Walsh even named his Top 10 Taco Trucks in Houston. These taquerias on wheels don't have fancy fusion food, an ... More >>
Anamaris Cousins PriceMexican breakfast at Hacienda GuanajuatoThere are events that mark every generation. "What were you doing when the towers came down?" is a question that will always linger for those of us who witnesed it. On that day, I remember just wanting to be on familiar ground with ... More >>
Marco TorresChingo Bling, sans tamales in L.A.Hey, guess what? A Houston musician finally got some love from The New York Times - not the semi-weekly Texas Tribune spread printed special for the paper's Lone Star press run, but the actual Gray Lady herself. Guess what else? It's in the food ... More >>
Joanna O'LearyChicken Supremo Burrito.Berryhill Baja Grill is not my go-to burrito joint. When I got takeout there earlier last week, I was more interested in their fish tacos, which had gotten rave reviews from some of my friends as well as one random person I overheard in the cereal aisle a ... More >>
Sylvia Casares keeps the crowds happy with her Tex-Mex classics.
Kevin ShalinHave you really ever eaten bad huevos rancheros? I haven't. It typically comes down either a "very good" or "damn fine" ranking. La Plaza Mexican Restaurant's take on this Tex-Mex classic falls into the latter category. For around $5, you get the picture above--two eggs over ... 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 >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttPatio weather demands a bloody mary and a Goode Co. breakfast.The recent news that Goode Co. Taqueria will start serving its breakfast menu seven days a week starting on May 1 got me very excited. Perhaps too excited, as I dragged my boyfriend over there first thin ... More >>
Enchiladas rojas.Making enchiladas is more a test of stamina and endurance than culinary prowess. The ingredients are simple and few, and there's not much fancy footwork required. That said, anyone who regularly makes a South of the Border variety of the dish deserves your utmost respect and ... More >>
Zelko.Fish tacos are another hot-button food topic in our great city. And when you speak, I listen. The Food Fight entry has been criticized in the past for not including enough participants. How does four sound? Four is better than two. Three places are from reader suggestions, and the ... More >>
Two years ago I went to Taco Milagro, and I wasn't a fan. I thought it was overpriced and underwhelming. Also, it took forever to get the food, which I guess is a moot point since I didn't like it much anyway. From that point forward, I relied on Chuy's and Ruchi's as my neighborhood takeout ... More >>
Monterrey expats flock to Tacos del Julio.
All this for less than $5. I love you, Tacos del Julio.Tacos del Julio -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- is near and dear to my heart, and not just because I spent many a happy lunch there back in my old days of working for a Mexican-owned cement company. It's also the spot of many ... 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 >>
Where: Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer, 713-527-9929, and various other locations What $7 gets you: A dozen of the best tamales that money can freaking buy. You all have seen the Montrose tamale lady. She shows up between 10 and midnight with a bin full of warm tamales, magically right about t ... More >>
I think Robb Walsh was right on the money when he named the fajitas at The Original Ninfa's his second favorite Houston dish. However, I have never been content to get just the beef fajitas -- or the chicken or a combo of both -- at Ninfa's, whose expansive menu is a nightmare for an indeci ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Robb WalshArtist's rendering of El Real Tex-Mex Cafe."You have to give people what they're interested in eating," Robb Walsh laughed over the phone. "Fajitas will be very well represented on our menu." Wise words that should quell any concerns Houstonians may have had about ... More >>
One of my favorite taquerias, Taqueria El Campesino (7710 Bellaire Blvd. #L, 713-777-8889), has an ostensibly good location, in a mini-mall at the northwest corner of Bellaire and Fondren, right on the way to Chinatown. But that's the thing: it's on the way to Chinatown, which means that ever ... More >>
theimpulsivebuyThe advertisements for Taco Bell's new Cantina Tacos really caught my eye: corn tortillas stuffed with slow-cooked pork, fresh cilantro and onions, wrapped in foil with a lime wedge. I mean, really? We are in the land of taquerias. Would anybody really rather eat Taco Bell then ... More >>
These are not the tacos you're looking for.Here's a question that seems pertinent in Houston, of all multiethnic, multilingual cities: When you're dining in a Hispanic restaurant where the staff speaks little to no English and you, as a product of being raised in a multilingual city, speak Sp ... More >>
To those of you devoted to corn tortillas: Don't get your knickers all in a twist. Battle Corn Tortilla will come to fruition -- in fact, why don't you leave your nominees in the comments? -- but for now we are focusing on the smooth, pliant goodness that is the flour tortilla. Disclaimer: ... More >>
Mexican in the Big Apple
After discussing Sylvia Casares's unique cuisine, it was getting hard for me to hear her over my growling gut. She presented two sampler plates. The first came with beef carne asada, her famous chili-gravy enchilada, and grilled quail. The carne asada and quail were cooked on her mesquite gri ... More >>
It's a little known fact that Teala's Mexican Restaurant and Bar on West Dallas actually serves a Thai-Mexican fusion menu. Thai and Mexican flavors have a lot in common -- they both use lime, cilantro and very hot peppers -- so the marriage of the two cuisines is a logical pairing.
Shrimp tamales tasted fishy.Although I'm often skeptical of Mexican food that bills itself as "modern," I recently found myself downtown, hungry and craving fajitas. It was late enough on a Saturday that many of the restaurants were already closed, so I was pleased to discover that the kitch ... More >>