We have a joke here at the Houston Press that if we want people to read our stories, we need only to put "burgers," "barbecue" or "Tex-Mex" in the headline. Houstonians are very loyal to the trifecta that makes up what's arguably our signature cuisine: Meat, meat and Mexican food.
We've already asked you to vote on underrated burgers and barbecue, so now it's time to complete the sacred triangle. With the incredible number of Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston, this is no easy task. Where to begin?!
I have a suggestion, if I may, that may sound strange. Houstonia Magazine just published a list of the 15 best Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston, and while I hate to direct you away from our charming site, it's a damn good guide.
I'll also direct you to our own list of the ten best Tex-Mex restaurants in town from about a year ago. It's written by the same author of the Houstonia piece, so there may be some overlap, but that's also true because some restaurants just stand out as being the best of the best.
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But we don't want to know about the same old popular spots. As we've said in the last few underrated posts, we consider an underrated spot or dish to be something that isn't often covered by local or national media. We want to know which places make really good food, but may not get enough credit because they're overshadowed by other, more media-friendly spots or because, simply, not many people know about them.
Alternatively, you could consider something underrated if many people know about it, but you think it's better than anyone gives it credit for. In the case of Tex-Mex, that might be a spot like Pappasito's. It's a local chain; most people know about it. But a lot of people discount it because it's a chain. Maybe you love it, though. That would make it underrated in your book.
Leave us a note in the comments here or on Facebook, or Tweet at us to let us know what you think is the most underrated Tex-Mex spot in town and why. If your comments are particularly eloquent, we might feature them in the final roundup. We'll then tally the votes and put it to a runoff poll.
So tell us, Houston: Which Tex-Mex restaurant is el mejor?