I was headed over to Pico's for some top-shelf margaritas and mole when I decided to try something new, Honduras Mayan Cafe & Bar (5945 Belliare Blvd. 713-668-5057), which is right next door.
I ordered a Honduran beer called Port Royal -- a crisp pilsner with a malty finish -- and asked my server for some chips with beans and cheese. Instead of the customary chips and salsa, Honduras serves chips with a black bean puree and some crumbled white cheese on top. The cheese tasted like cotija, but it was hard to tell. The creamy beans and cheese were served in a ramekin atop a clay pot with a candle to keep them warm. The chips were thick and tasted like they were fried to order.
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Since it was too late for breakfast and too early for lunch, we ordered a baleadas, a quesadilla-like snack food. A thick tortilla folded in half and filled with black beans, eggs and cheese, it was pretty thick for a snack. Paired with the beans and cheese and chased down with a beer, it was almost a meal.