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Mexican Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Eating Up San Antonio: La Gloria, The Monterey and The Esquire

    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 >>

  • Dining

    June 14, 2012

    Hooked on La Fisheria

    Celebrity chef Aquiles Chavez introduces Houston to the modern Mexican food he left behind in his home country.

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    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    La Lupita Lives Up to Its Tagline: "No Tex. Just Mex."

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    19 Enchiladas and Counting: Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen Debuts the Newest Addition To Its Menu

    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 >>

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    May 3, 2012
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    April 18, 2012

    East Side Vacation at El Petate: A Guide to Salvadoran Cuisine

    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 >>

  • Culture

    April 5, 2012

    Are There Different Kinds of Mexican Food?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!!] And how can I get a copy of Taco USA?

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Aquiles Chavez of La Fisheria - The Tasting

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Aquiles Chavez of La Fisheria

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    How Influential Was Houston In the Development of Mexican Food In the U.S.?

    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 >>

  • Dining

    February 16, 2012

    Get a Rope

    Serving bad Tex-Mex in Houston is a crime — and Vida is guilty.

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    Morning Machaca

    This tiny East End restaurant — attached to a dried-beef factory — serves tasty, old-school Tex-Mex classics.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Tequila & Tamales: And the Winners Were...

    Photos by Francisco Montes​From 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Galveston Gets Craft Beer and Its Own Restaurant Week

    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 >>

  • Dining

    December 8, 2011

    Gran Success

    The infused tequilas and modern Tex-Mex at this neighborhood hangout are bien bueno.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Tequila y Tamales: Come Judge Them Both With Us In December

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Operation "No Tacos" - A 30 Day Challenge

    Portrait of a Taco Enthusiast as A Young Man‚ÄčThat'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 >>

  • Dining

    September 22, 2011

    The Real World

    With expectations sky-high, El Real Tex-Mex Cafe struggles for glory.

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    September 21, 2011

    El Real Tex-Mex Cafe & Shrine: Revival of the Fittest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Tortillas

    LexnGer​If 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 >>

  • Dining

    September 15, 2011

    Totally Rad

    It's almost beside the point that the food at this new restaurant is all-vegan.

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Totally Rad: Mexican Food Goes Vegan at Radical Eats

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Fast Times: Fajitas Puebla Tacos At Taco Cabana

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Keep on Truckin': Taqueria El Palomo

    Taqueria El Palomo​With 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Brunch? Mexican!

    Anamaris Cousins PriceMexican breakfast at Hacienda Guanajuato​There 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Chingo Bling Gets New York Times Love - Food Love

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Take My Breath Away: The Supremo Burrito at Berryhill Baja Grill

    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 >>

  • Dining

    May 12, 2011

    The Enchilada Empress

    Sylvia Casares keeps the crowds happy with her Tex-Mex classics.

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    May 5, 2011

    La Plaza's Huevos Rancheros

    Kevin Shalin​Have 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Create-Your-Own Combo Plates at Lupe Tortilla

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Deer Sausage and Eggs at Goode Co. Taqueria

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    The Secret to Great Enchiladas Is Patience

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Food Fight: Battle Fish Tacos

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Takeout Fish and Chicken Tacos at Taco Milagro

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    February 17, 2011

    At Home at Julio

    Monterrey expats flock to Tacos del Julio.

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    A Mean Mexican Breakfast at 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    First Look at Jimmy Changas

    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 >>

  • Culture

    January 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    $7 at Poison Girl: The Tamale Lady

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Mixto Rio Grande at The Original Ninfa's

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Getting Real: New Caswell-Walsh Restaurant Venture Finally Gets a Name

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Enchiladas Huasteca at Taqueria El Campesino

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos v. Laredo's Taqueria

    theimpulsivebuy​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Going Gabacha at Taqueria Lo Mejor de Mexico

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Food Fight: Battle Flour Tortilla

    ​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 >>

  • Culture

    August 5, 2010

    SPECIAL COMIDA EDITION

    Mexican in the Big Apple

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Sylvia Casares of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Teala's Thai-Mexican Fusion: Cochinita Pibil

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Downtown Mexican Food: Cielo Mexican Bistro

    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 >>

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