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

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

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 myself succumbing to the bright-pink drive-thru after a particularly rough day that left me wanting something fatty and quick. To help further reduce my stress, I decided to treat myself to a little wine while I indulged in my fast food dinner.

Elk Grove 2009 Pinot Gris wowed me with its fruitiness and drinkability. It's a little sweet, a little crisp, and it paired perfectly with the greasy, cheesy quesadillas. The quesadillas lessened the acidity of the wine while the wine played up the garlicky Shrimp Tampico. This wine has an intense citrusy aroma, which proved to be an excellent match for the seafood filling.

It also will hold its own with spicier foods, allowing you to really pile on the jalapenos for maximum burnage. Perfecto!

Follow Eating Our Words on Facebook and on Twitter @EatingOurWords

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.