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Jan 21, 2009 05:06 AM

Houston - Ostioneria Mar Azul

Has anyone else tried this place on Belfort? I've been twice now and love it. Good MexMex, with wonderful ceviche, salsas, everything I've tried. Also authentic drinks like aquas frescas, horchata. The place is big, sparsely-decorated, clean. Each time I was there, I was the only white face, and my waitresses spoke no English. The restaurant is heavily patronized with workers on their breaks, families, etc. The tejano music on the jukebox is so loud that it's a little annoying, but it really feels like you're somewhere in interior Mexico. It's my new favorite restaurant in Houston. But it must be a 'hidden gem' because I couldn't find out anything about it anywhere. I just kept driving by and decided to stop in. Gracias a dios.

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    1. Sounds great! thanks for the report. Where on Belfort is it exactly?

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      1. re: sarvey

        Just west of 59.

        And if any of you try it, be sure to report back.

        1. re: ChrissieH

          I ate there last night and it was good. You should be prepared with some basic spanish words on standyby. Their is no one, and I mean no one, who speaks English in that place - so be ready! I had 4 marinated beef tacos on fresh corn tortillas. It was really good - I was hoping to find some marinated pork tacos, but I didn;t find them there. However, that could have very well been the language barrier.

          1. re: Bmahfood

            Marinated pork might well be carnitas. That's how many folks make them. You marinate the pork in some sort of citrus, chiles, onions, perhaps some herbs or spices like Mexican oregano, maybe beer or tequila, sometimes milk, even Coca Cola, cook it down and then fry it in its own fat.

            Although certain areas of Mexico don't marinate the pork first, so this isn't always a definite.

            Still, that would be my suggestion to you for next time. Look for carnitas.

            1. re: Jaymes

              Should add that "ostioneria" translates roughly to "oyster house," so they specialize in seafood. I've had the scallops there and they were heavenly.

              Of course, so are the carnitas, as I recommended to Bmahfood.

              1. re: Jaymes

                Would they happen to have the tacos al pastor, instead of, or in addition to, carnitas at this place? Sounds like we need to do lunch there one day!

                1. re: danhole

                  Yep, they've got tacos al pastor. But as other posters have pointed out, this place is not the usual "Mexican restaurant" patronized by white folks, which is why I'm a little hesitant to recommend it. It's run by Mexicans for Mexicans. Very basic...nothing fancy. I spend a lot of time in Mexico, and this restaurant makes me feel like I'm back there.

                  I love it.

                  1. re: Jaymes

                    Not intimidated by that at all. I know enough to get my way through ordering food at a non english speaking mexican place.

                    1. re: danhole

                      It isn't so much the ordering that I've found some folks have trouble with at a place like this. It's the unfamiliarity with what shows up after they order!

                      No chile con queso, for example. Because folks in Mexico have never heard of it.