Taco Cabana

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Taco Bell's New Quesarito Makes Me Reconsider Fast Food Loyalties

    I have distinct loyalties where fast food is concerned. I grew up in Corpus Christi, birthplace of Whataburger. The first Texas-based fast food chain opened on Ayers Street in 1950 and quickly spread like an orange and white wildfire across the city. When I was in high school, I'd walk to Whataburg ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    My Inaugural Visit to Taco Cabana

    They say there's a first time for everything, though I really didn't think that aphorism would ever apply to me eating at Taco Cabana. I've been living in Texas going on seven years and managed to avoid it; how, then, did I come to go by myself early on a recent weeknight? And completely sober, min ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Frida Mexican Kitchen: The Art of Delicious Breakfast Tacos (Elvis Might Love This Place)

    "I'm sorry, but we're out of potatoes right now," said the voice from the drive-thru box at Taco Cabana. A potato famine wouldn't surprise me on a Monday morning, due to weekend supply deficiencies, but this was 9:00 a.m. on a Thursday. Maybe they just had an unusual surge of customers that day. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    House of Pies is the Perfect Place To Hit Up at 2 a.m. When You Need a Fine Slice of Goodness

    I recently made a life-altering discovery. It's awesome. It's dangerous. It's dangerously awesome. In a mere seven minutes, I can walk from my front door to the front door of House of Pies. In 20 minutes, tops, I can be snuggled up in bed in possession of far more pie than any one person should ing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    How to Behave When Dining Out: Top Ten Etiquette Tips For Diners

    I've never worked as a waiter, waitress, hostess, manager or chef, but I like to think I can recognize when a customer is being an asshole. I'm betting you probably can too. We've all seen the guy who chooses to yell at the top of his lungs on a cell phone in a small, crowded restaurant or the pare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Match the Anticipated Crowds For Selected RodeoHouston Concerts

    This week's RodeoHouston lineup announcement officially kicked off 2013 for Houston's party people and rodeo fans. The lineup is dependable as always, with your standard country acts, classic-rockers, kiddie-pop acts, R&B, and norteño offerings making up the month of music. Sadly, once again this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    First Look at Nosh, Which Hosted Its Grand Opening Last Week

    If you haven't yet heard of Nosh Bistro -- the new restaurant offering South and Southeast Asian-style shared plates in Upper Kirby -- prepare yourself. Last week's grand opening party will undoubtedly have tongues wagging. Located next to Taco Cabana just north of the Southwest Freeway on Kirby, N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Houston's 10 Best Late-Night Dining Options

    Good morning, sunshine. Did you have a long night? I hope not; it's only Thursday. Get ahold of yourself, man. Those long nights should be reserved for Friday and Saturday wee-small-hours-of-the-morning-type deals; mid-week debauchery is so 1990s. Regardless of when you're staying up super late (or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Unidentified Men Shot in Taco Cabana Parking Lot, Bayou Body Count Nos. 93 & 94

    Two unidentified males were fatally wounded when a suspect shot them outside a Taco Cabana at 11305 Clay Road at about 7:50 p.m. Monday night. Witnesses report one of the victims was speaking with an unknown male suspect -- described only as a Hispanic male with a fade haircut and a beard. Witnesse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: KFC, Pizza Buffets and the Wok of Shame

    We're going to start with a tale from fast food. The KFC at 6505 Hillcroft had a pretty good inspection -- the only issues the city turned up were floors not in good repair and not enough light in working areas. That's nice and all, but according to our mom, who worked at a KFC when she was in high ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    "Kirby-side" Chicken Pick-Up Now Available at Haven

    I know the parking situation around Haven has been a bit of a nightmare lately. Just as the construction on Kirby finally ceased, new "breastaurant" Twin Peaks opened up and unleashed its often obnoxious clientele upon the small parking area shared by Haven, Cafe Japon, Taco Cabana and a small bank. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Recasting The Geto Boys From Houston's Under-25 Ranks

    ​So here's how this happened: Thursday night, while prepping the next installment Houston Press Underground Rap Awards, which we were planning on featuring in this space at this exact moment, a side note for an award spiderwebbed into a way-too-long e-conversation with several people that wa ... 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

    September 1, 2011

    25 Signs That You Aren't From Houston

    That's right, you're not from Houston​Earlier this week Arturo Valdes was pulled over for speeding down the West Loop feeder road in the City of Bellaire. After finding "irregularities" with his registration (probably something other than a Bellaire or West U address), Bellaire cops called in ... More >>

  • News

    August 25, 2011

    Sex Cures Teen Crime

    UT study touts teen relationships

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Sopapillas at Taco Cabana

    ​Last Tuesday, Taco Cabana gave away free sopapillas. "Free what?!" asked a man at the next table, when the manager offered to bring him an order. No wonder Taco Cabana was giving them away; how can you sell something if customers don't know what it is? I wouldn't have a clue, either, excep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Health Department Roundup: Fast Times

    "Islands made of cheese / And a sushi bar / Health inspectors say / That there's nothin' wrong..."​Fast food can be hard to resist. It's just so convenient and satisfyingly self-destructive. Plus, corporations put chemicals in that stuff to give you physical cravings for their processed crap. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Who Are You? Songs Commonly Attributed To The Wrong Artists

    ​Last week, after the tragic, alcohol-fueled passing of Jackass hero Ryan Dunn, Rocks Off at Taco Cabana wearing a promotional shirt for The Hangover II that we stole borrowed from the office here at the Press. As we were loading our hands with condiment containers, a guy came up to us and sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Taco Cabana's Brisket Tacos

    ​I have a soft spot for Taco Cabana -- I just love the soft tacos there.  So when I heard that Taco Cabana is offering its hickory-smoked brisket tacos for a limited time, I felt a flurry of mixed emotion and speculation.  Would they have the overpowering, somewhat offensive flavor of l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    "That ice machine is looking pristine, bro."​You know what Jesus was doing around Easter? Getting crucified and coming back from the dead to hang out in the Middle East instead of in paradise with his dad, for some reason. You can learn about the first part of this in Mel Gibson's The Passion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Ghosts of SXSWs Past: Justice, Glasvegas, Monotonix...

    Craig Hlavaty​This year marks the fourth year Craig's Hlist has covered SXSW in Austin for the Houston Press, from the days when we had to shoot all of our own shows, had neither Facebook nor Twitter, and slogged through the day mostly drunk. It's a far cry from now, when we are glued to our p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Kirko Bangz Debuts New Mixtape, Makes Women Excited

    Photos courtesy of Hybrid Marketing & MediaBun B (left) and Tuesday's guest of honor​Kirko Bangz is, at the moment, the most commercially viable option within the New Houston Collective. Tuesday night, he released his DJ Drama cosigned mixtape, Procrastination Kills 3, and hosted a mixer at SF ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Odd Pair: Taco Cabana's Shrimp Tampico Quesadilla & Pinot Gris

    ​I hate to admit that when Taco Cabana announces the return of the Shrimp Tampico quesadillas, happy little butterflies begin to float in my tummy. It's embarrassing, ridiculous and, sadly true. Though I'd tried all week to fight the urge and seek out healthier food offerings, I found myse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    On the Menu: Taco Cabana's Burrito vs. Bowl

    ​Recently, I received some kind words from a reader regarding my favorite fast food chicken dish, Taco Cabana's #4 combo (stewed chicken burrito, with chips and queso). jacobG wrote: "Kevin, for the love of God, please find another subject to write about. You clearly know absolutely nothing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Top 5: Fast Food Chicken Dishes Done Right

    You can't beat the Whatachicken.​When I indulge in fast food, you can generally count on me ordering something chicken. Here are my top five. 5. Hartz's Fried Chicken First off, I hate fast food fried chicken (think KFC buckets), but given the title of the piece, felt obligated to include at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    All-You-Can-Eat Pupusas in Bellaire

    ​Sweet fancy Jesus. That was the first thing that ran through my mind as I was driving down Bellaire -- on my way to a different restaurant entirely -- and saw Pupusa Buffet instead. A whole buffet? Of pupusas? I had to stop. Pupusa Buffet (5920 Bellaire) is a no-frills pupuseria in a part o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Friday Meal Deals

    ​Today, July 30, is National Cheesecake Day. In observance of this special day, The Cheesecake Factory is offering each dine-in customer a slice of any cheesecake at half price. Unfortunately, any slices after the first will be at original price. On Tuesday, August 3 from 5 to 8 pm, Whatabur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Late Night Food Face-Off: Drive-Thru Breakfast Tacos

    Whataburger.​I was recently craving a breakfast taco when I found myself literally caught in the crossroads between Whataburger and Taco Cabana. So I did what any good food blogger would do and decided to get a potato, egg and cheese breakfast taco from both. My first stop was Whataburger. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Nostalgic in Houston: The Foods of Our Youth

    cybertoadYou can still get the fish at Luby's...​Twenty-five years ago I was a wee elementary school lass who liked to watch Goonies, play Legos, and eat raw gelatin off my finger at swim meets. Life was easy back then - We got our sloppy joes from the cafeteria lunch lady and our Frito pies a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Dinner for Two at Rice University's Farmer's Market

    ​Let's say it's a Tuesday evening and you've got a hot date, but your wallet has nothing but a maxed out credit card and a shabby $20 bill. You could go to McDonald's or maybe even Taco Cabana if you're feeling really fancy, but we suggest heading down to the Tuesday-night Farmer's Market on U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    The 5 Smelliest Foods You Should Never Bring to the Office

    Photo courtesy of Passive-Aggressive Notes​Two things happened this week that predicated this post. Number one: We brought a vegetable tray to our weekly staff meeting. This was onerous enough in and of itself, as the Houston Press staffers are accustomed to chips and cookies of indeterminate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    God, there could be anything in there. You first. No, please, we insist. Let us know if it's filled with spiders, because that means we're having that stupid nightmare again.​ Welcome back to the weekly round-up here at Eating Our Words, where we've built a little fort out of our vast stockpil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Late Night Scene: Taco Cabana

    Photo by rpongsaj​Okay, confession: It's been years since I went to a Taco Cabana without the aid of a much-needed designated driver. But the bell tolls for all of us, and tonight it's my turn to drunk-sit and someone else's turn to drag me there for tortillas and queso. Walking into the Kir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    They run a great coffee shop, but the ambiance suffers a little from all the squished mushrooms and empty turtle shells lying around.​ Welcome back to the weekly round-up here at Eating Our Words, where we have a lovely bouquet and notes of walnut and oak in our boldly earthy flavor. Efferves ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Coming To The Corner Of Westheimer & Montrose: Something Not Too Exciting

    ​The former Taco Cabana at the high-profile intersection of Westheimer and Montrose has been sitting empty for a while, but now it looks like it will be reborn.The folks at Swamplot are speculating the building will become a Smoothie King; we couldn't reach the actual king himself, but a spokesman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Photo by Robb WalshWow. I'm actually intimidated... by a hamburger. What's the first thing you'd like to hear about on a Monday? Personally, a great Monday morning, to me, is when you find out there's a new bar in town serving carefully crafted cocktails. Katharine Shilcutt interviewed the proprieto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Making Change on Montrose

    The intersection of Montrose and Westheimer is nothing if not mutable.  From being a sleepy residential neighborhood in the 1920s to the 40s to a run-down hangout for drug addicts and rough types in the 1970s and early 80s to a haven for LGBT community in the late 80s and throughout the 90s to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Hobby Airport, Kicking Some Customer-Service Ass

    Photo by Annie MoleAirports Council International has recently confirmed what Hair Balls already knew: Houston Hobby is one of the best mother-effin' airports in the world! William P. Hobby Airport was recognized in the ACI's Airport Service Quality Awards as one of the five top-performing airports ... More >>

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    March 16, 2008
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    November 14, 2007

    The Trial of the Galveston Cat Killer

    If history is any indicator, there will be no justice for Mama Cat. Opening arguments started yesterday in the trial of 54-year-old bird-watching enthusiast James Stevenson, who last fall climbed below the toll bridge that links Galveston to the mainland and used a .22-caliber rifle to destroy the ... More >>

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    September 26, 2007

    The Houston 100: From Sir Douglas Quintet to Guy Clark

    The Houston 100 continues. Follow the links for numbers 61-70, 71-80, 81-90 and 91-100. 60. “The Rains Came,” Sir Douglas Quintet, 1965. The follow-up single to “She’s About a Mover,” this Huey Meaux mainstay of a lament would likewise rank higher were the sound not so indelibly San ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 5, 2005

    There's No Place Like Home

    Especially when you're eating at Montrose Diner, where the food's subpar and the wait's long

  • Dining

    March 3, 2005
  • Music

    February 3, 2005

    Down on the Corner

    An evening with the workers and players at Montrose and Westheimer

  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Funeral Blues

    Three local music figures are cut down in one week

  • Music

    September 4, 2003

    Money and Masa

    A few words with underground rapper/tamale kingpin Chingo Bling

  • Calendar

    April 18, 2002

    Racing for Slackers

    Cyclists of all types hit the trail to raise money for MS research

  • Dining

    September 5, 1996

    Cafe? On Aisle One.

    At some supermarkets the question is, why wait to get home before you eat?

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    July 20, 1995
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    March 2, 1995
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