El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

1201 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006
713-524-1201
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  • Sun 10am-10pm, Mon-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wifi Access
  • Parking Lot Available, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
El Real Tex-Mex Cafe is a satisfying return to form for a worthy genre: old-school Tex-Mex, in the style of Felix and other dearly departed restaurants from years past. It's a star-studded collaboration between the original Tex-Mex apologist (and former Houston Press food critic) Robb Walsh and celebrity chef Bryan Caswell, so the food could easily be over-hyped. But it delivers. Get a plate of chili con carne-smothered cheese enchiladas and you'll wonder where they've been all your life. Ditto the San Antonio-inspired puffy tacos with mesquite-smoked chicken and the refried beans made with pure, rendered lard. Yes, lard.

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