Original Ninfa

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Does Dallas Make Better Margaritas Than Houston?

    That headline is ridiculous, because, of course Dallas, doesn't make better margaritas than Houston. I mean really, the suggestion is laughable. Yet here we are, with just one week left of a Margarita Madness bracket presented by our parent company, Voice Media Group. We hadn't yet reported on it ... More >>

  • News

    August 8, 2013

    The Houston Bucket List: The 100 Things to Do Before You Kick It

    The list of the things you absolutely must do in the Bayou City.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Houston Bucket List - 100 Things To Do in Houston Before You Die: Bring on the Guacamole

    The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 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 >>

  • Dining

    September 27, 2012

    Burger Bars

    Houston's Top 10

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Openings & Closings: What the Hell Happened This Week, Houston?

    Seriously, guys. What the living hell. This has been one of the craziest weeks for openings and closings that I can recall in a long time. So when I say prepare for a ton of news ahead, I mean it. The biggest news of an already huge news week was word that Bobby Heugel and company are the new opera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    5 Aguas Frescas To Try in Houston

    Although I'm usually all about adult fermented liquid refreshment, I do enjoy less mood-altering beverages during the daylight hours. I've become especially fond of aguas frescas, which I, um, had never heard of before I came to Texas. (Central Pennsylvania is not, as one might imagine, an epicente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    10 Lobster Dishes to Try in Houston: No. 4, Lobster Enchiladas at the Original Ninfa's

    One of the many things that intrigues me about the Victorian era was how the general overabundance of shellfish meant foods like lobster were more fare for the hoi polloi than the aristocratic minority. This year, a bumper crop in the Northeast has once again made lobster cheaper for the masses. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    How the Mighty Have Fallen: Ninfa's Finds Its Nadir with Maggie Rita's

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    New Tortas at Ninfa's Hardly Torturous

    ...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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Dining Out on Easter, a.k.a. Brunchapalooza

    It's a little bit breakfast, a little bit lunch, and it's socially acceptable to drink before noon in public. Yes, my friends: Brunch is a beautiful thing. And Easter Sunday is the mother of all brunch celebrations. When it comes to Easter in Houston these things we know for sure: Easter egg hunts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Valentine's Day Dining 2012

    Ed. note: We are running this again after publishing it a week ago, for all you last-minute lovers. It isn't hard to figure out why dining and chocolate candy play such a prominent role in Valentine's Day celebrations. Eating is, by nature, extremely sensual. Few activities are capable of pleasura ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    New Year's Eve Dining (What's Open, Deals and Hangover Fixes for the Following Day)

    Yeah, yeah, we know. New Year's Eve is supposed to be a time of reflection filled with hope and promise for the coming year, a time to move forward and leave our struggles in the past. But for those of us resolving to lose weight in 2012, New Year's Eve is a lot like Fat Tuesday -- a last hurrah of ... 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 28, 2011

    Top 5: Mexican Restaurants

    Pico's Mex-Mex.​If Kevin Shalin's Top 5 Sandwiches was controversial, it will probably have nothing on my picks for the best Mexican eateries in a town where fajitas and 'ritas reign supreme. Although I have no Mexican blood in my heritage, like many Houstonians, I was raised on a taco- and ... 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

    July 26, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #2: Fajitas at the Original Ninfa's on Navigation

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants In The East End

    Photo by frankienoseThe indescribable Orange Show.​My great-grandmother lived in the same little house off Navigation, home to dozens of kids and family gatherings over the decades, until the day she died. Although she never once spoke a word of English, she was clever and sly; she could under ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Talking Skirt Steak with Mark Mavrantonis

    Mark Mavrantonis, Director of Culinary Development for Legacy Restaurants, which owns the Original Ninfa's, buys Certified Hereford outside skirt steak for the famous fajitas there. He doesn't hold back in his opinions about fajita meat. "Using inner skirt steak for fajitas is probably okay," he wr ... More >>