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Need a new Tex-Mex experience: what's your favorite in Houston?

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What is your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant in Houston, and why? What do you order there? I judge a Tex-Mex place by its cheese enchiladas, chili gravy, flautas and chile rellenos, and of course, margaritas. I don't order fajitas. So I find comments like "Big Jose's has the best mexican food" to be not very helpful. I want details! You know you stick to the same few items at your favorite place! What are they?

  1. I love the chile rellenos at Don'key in Pasadena. They are excellent. The pablano peppers are always perfect. Their tortillas are from scratch and made by hand, delicious - best tortillas in a restaurant. Their green sauce is my favorite green sauce anywhere and the chips are thin and warm. I don't eat much else there though. If you just have to have a margarita, even just one, be sure you are not driving. After one small one I get in the back seat of the car and sleep for the 15 minute drive home.

    Margaritas - I love Cafe Adobe's and La Fiesta on I-10. Actually I haven't had them at the La Fiesta since they moved but at the old place on Bunker Hill and I-10, oh yum!!! I normally get a peach margarita but will reject anything with too strong of a fruit flavor. Just a taste of it is good. I quit drinking strawberry margaritas because they drown them in strawberry. Just a dash is all I'm looking for.

    El Tiempo is still my favorite place and my favorite dish is the crab quesadillas. Their margaritas are good too. I haven't had anything that wasn't really good there but the crab quesadillas.............. oh yeah.

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    La Fiesta Restaurant
    11623 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079

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    1. re: texasredtop

      Is it La Fiesta or Cafe Adobe that "drowns their margaritas in strawberry"?

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      La Fiesta Restaurant
      11623 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079

      1. re: aynrandgirl

        I haven't ever ordered a strawberry margarita that they didn't drown them in strawberry. When I did order them (I've long since given up), I would ask for a strawberry margarita with 1 teaspoon of strawberry and specify I did not want a dark pink drink but something so light pink that you almost couldn't tell there was any strawberry in it. Yet I always ended up with a dark pink drink that tasted like a strawberry smoothie. I remember this happening about 99% of the time at Pappasitos. I just gave up ordering the strawberry margaritas. I don't think I ever asked for one at LaFiesta and at Cafe Adobe, I get the peach margarita which is excellent. I was just talking in general about ordering a strawberry margarita from anywhere.

        1. re: texasredtop

          Ok, that's fine. I was just wondering because I like sweet drinks and strawberry is my favorite fruit, so "drowned in strawberry" is a plus in my book.

    2. For chile rellonos I like Otillia's on Long Point, I love the sauce. The enchiladas at El Gallo on Gessner be they beef, chicken, or cheese are some of my favorite. For carnitas and camarones empanizado, fried shrimp, deep east end El Jardin on Harrisburg can't be beat. Closer in on the east side is Merida on Navigation near the original Ninfa's, where I no longer go, another story. I like the super nachos with chorizo, beans on the side. Of course there is El Tiempo on Washington. There my favorite is the crab nachos, fresh lump crabmeat, again their wonderful refried beans on the side. They also have really good flautas. Wash them down with a margarita ordered 'skinny', not sweet. Lambowner. per your request, these are my favorite items at these places, the rest of the menu items I can't vouch for. Although you specified no fajitas, for anyone else reading this, the filet fajitas at El Tiempo are the best I've had.

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      El Jardin Restaurant
      7849 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77012

      1. Spanish Village on Almeda is worth a try. Excellent cheese enchiladas and my favorite frozen margarita, which is more of a cross between an on the rocks and a frozen. The rellenos are terrible though, so don't bother with that.

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        Spanish Village Restaurant
        4720 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004

        1. Hi folks,

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