Gustavo Arellano isn't just any Mexican. Over the years, the writer has turned himself into almost the "official" Mexican of America thanks in large part to his syndicated column, "Ask a Mexican!" and books like Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. This is his most recent book and one in w ... More >>
The East End is undergoing some necessary growing pains right now as a new generation of Houstonians rediscover the neighborhoods right next door to downtown. Construction of a METRO light rail to connect the East End with the main line has had Harrisburg torn up for some time, but is nearly complet ... More >>
Walter Berryhill was a mobile food pioneer in Houston, walking the streets of River Oaks and selling 200 dozen tamales from his little push-cart every week along with his wife, Billie, for nearly 40 years. A lit Coleman lantern hanging from the side of the cart let people know that Berryhill's tamal ... More >>
Taqueria offers al pastor-style meat cooked on a classic trompo.
Higher prices, bland food and no really good margaritas to ease the pain.
When news broke that three of the city's most popular Ninfa's locations had been sold to Maggie Rita's -- a Tex-Mex chain owned, in part, by comedian Carlos Mencia -- there was an uproar. Sure, Ninfa's hadn't been that great in a long time, but to many longtime Houstonians (me included), the deal wi ... More >>
It's been a while since a burger has stopped me dead in my tracks. Such is the arresting power of the trompi-burger at Taqueria La Macro, a new Monterrey-style restaurant in Northside. I first ended up at Taqueria La Macro after my boyfriend came home from driving down North Main and reported that ... More >>
This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>
...except, I guess, if you ate all three at once. Then, you might be hurting. First, let's get something straight. I don't, or didn't, go to The Original Ninfa's for burgers. If I venture out to Navigation, it's for fajitas, tacos al pastor, or maybe the seafood enchiladas. But these times, they ... More >>
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 >>