When it comes to barbecuing, I think mesquite wood is just too resin-y for long, slow smoking. It is terrific, however, for grilling, especially chicken.
La Silla (4617 Canal at Lockwood) is a favorite of mine. A whole chicken with beans, tortillas, onions and chiles is $11.00.
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SHOW ME HOW
I found this on a wall photo:
"Mr. Santos was the first person to make and sell grill chiken (sic) to the charcoal in Houston. He started in 1998 and has been expanding because of the delicious and unique flavor of his food. Now he invites you to try the food and have a blast."
With images of little anthropomorphic charcoal getting chicken to go and of an ever-expanding Mr. Santos, I couldn't have said it better myself: Have a blast! -- Jay Francis