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  • Valerie Apr 29, 2000 04:40 PM
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Lopez Mexican Restaurant (hwy 59 & Wilcrest) has the best enchiladas, guacamole, & frozen margaritas. It is not a fancy place, but family owned & operated. Go before 5 p.m. on Friday & Saturday to avoid lines.

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  1. I must disagree with your choice of Lopez's. My choice would be another hole in the wall called Fajita Flats. It too is family owned and operated. The tortilla soup they start each course with (for free) is superb. It has a serve your self tub of ice cold long necks, the waiters are always singing and dancing, and the cooks will come out to check on the food. It is located on Fondren between Richmond and Westheimer.

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    1. re: Candy

      You need to try loupes tortilla it is off of Hw 6 and I-10. You must try. It is very laid back and family's are incouraged to bring kids. They have a play ground for them while you sip on a cold beer. The food is the best mexican and it is reasonable priced. The only fault that it has, is they stop serving at 8:oopm. Plus is aways from the city.

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        LaJuana M. Gilmore

        Oops, looks like I goofed, didn't realize that someone else had posted a message about Loupe's Tortilla, but at least you know that they have good food, didn't know that they had a playground for children, I'm too old to play there anyhow.

        1. re: LaJuana M. Gilmore

          If we only allowed one message posting about every restaurant, these boards wouldn't be much use, or much fun!

          The more the merrier!

          ciao

          1. re: Jim Leff
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            LaJuana M. Gilmore

            You are correct, the more the merrier, as I said I was new to this message board, guess I have a lot to learn.

            Later,

            1. re: LaJuana M. Gilmore

              I saw a couple of references to Fajita Flats on Fondren; I thought you might want to know there is also one on Wilcrest just east of 59, in Stafford. I haven't been to either one, so thanks for the tip.

              I don't know if anyone else has been to 100% Taquito, on US-59N and Buffalo Speedway, but I had some very good Monterrey-style tacos from there, and a beer/lime juice/tobasco sauce/worcesteshire sauce concoction whose name I can't recall right now. It's much more authentic than you'd expect, especially given it's uppety location.

              Alex.

              1. re: Alex Kurian
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                Sammie Echols

                Hi! This is my first post on this board, what a great board! I usually post on Marys Y&R soap message board, we talk a lot about food there, I can't wait to pass this link on to my friends there!
                I hate it that my first post is a disagreement, but I have eaten at Lupe's and I found it to be not what I was looking for. The hot sauce wasn't hot and I had to ask for extra jalepeno's, when they brought them to me, they were CANNED jalepenos, it was all downhill from there.
                The place is packed and popular, but I think, mostly it's for people who don't want their sinuses cleared when they eat the hot sauce!
                When we lived in Houston we almost always ended up at a small taqueria on Dairy Ashford, between I-10 and Memorial, the name was something like "Potosi".
                We've moved out to the "boonies" now and the closest Mexican restaurants are in College Station, where we were thrilled to find that they had opened our other favorite place, Las Cuco's! It's on Harvey and Texas in the Apple Tree shopping center, and it's far better than the one in Katy, and cleaner too!
                If you're looking for the "ultimate" Enchilada, they have it!
                Beef Enchiladas made with fajita meat with an indescribeable sauce, absolutely the best!
                I'm sorry I made this so long, but when it comes to good (and real) food, I get carried away!

                1. re: Sammie Echols

                  Hi Sammie, Welcome aboard. Different points of view are always welcome around here. That's what makes this site so much fun. Great initial post, btw. pat

                  1. re: pat hammond

                    Thanks for the warm welcome!
                    I posted this site on Mary's Y&R soap fan page and I'm sure you'll be getting new posters, not necessarily to the Texas board, but all over!
                    I love it that Texas has it's own board!
                    Is this site just for restaurant comments or is it a recipe exchange board too?
                    I'm a retired bartender (28 yrs) and a cook, had my own catering company in the Caribbean and just love to cook! I do, what I call country gourmet, to me, gourmet means, I didn't get it out of the freezer or a can! I also cook Mexican, Cajun, and Polish!
                    My new idol is Emeril Lagasse! Bam! Kick it up a notch!
                    I guess I'll have to go to the Louisianna board to get a review on his restaurants!
                    I'm EXTREMELY picky about where I eat, I can usually tell as soon as I walk in the front door,if the food is going to be any good or not.
                    I refuse to eat in "chain" restaurants, my husband and I always look for "mom&pop" places, in addition to the search for the "ultimate" Enchilada, we are always searching for the "ultimate" chicken fried steak!
                    Does anybody have a favorite place?
                    After reading all the posts about Kreuz BBQ in Lochart, as soon as the gas prices get down to a dull roar, we'll have to make the trip there one Saturday afternoon. They are open on Sats, aren't they?
                    I read about that place when the family was splitting up the business.
                    How sad to do that, but there's one in every family, isn't there?
                    Hopefully, they'll put their differences aside and work together again.
                    Thanks again for the warm welcome!

                    1. re: Sammie

                      Hi Sammie: No, this site is not a recipe exchange. Someone will chime in with a recipe from time to time, but rarely. This site is one of a kind. For someone new, I recommend taking a look at What's a chowhound and the FAQ section on the homepage. All you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask! Plus it's fun reading. pat

                      1. re: pat hammond
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                        Michele Craig

                        I have found both the food and the prices at The Blue Agave on Grey to be spectacular. Lunch is a particularly good deal. And it's not too far from downtown (or my house for that matter!). It's interior is rather cave like which is great when your'e looking to get out of the blazing Houston sun and humidity. Check it out.

                      2. re: Sammie

                        Kreuz is open on Saturday, and Roy's working the pit that day so the product is as good as you can imagine. The family split up business can be read about in earlier postings. The best CFS in Texas (sticking my neck out here, but I'm a believer) is at Hoover's in Austin on Manor road. Pre arrange a place for a nap after. Cooking mex is a speciality of mine, so let me know what you want via email and I'll respond in kind. Is that the way to go, alpha hound? if not, let us know. Greg.

                        1. re: Greg Spence

                          Well color me ignorant, I don't know what you mean by Alpha-hound, please enlighten me!
                          Austin is a couple of hours drive for us, but doable!
                          Lockhart is quite some distance, but we've been wanting to go there for some time now, finding the time is the problem!
                          I read the whole story of the family split in the Sunday papers when it happened, pretty messy!
                          I learned to cook mexican food in Burbank, Calif at the El Chiquito restaurant across from Warner Bros studio.
                          I was waitressing there and the food was so good, I would eat there every day I worked and go in on my day off to eat!
                          The cooks name was Elias, and he showed me how to do a lot of stuff! My favorite was his Chile Rellenos stuffed with cheese and the most incredible batter!
                          I don't know if the place is still there or not, this was back in the late 60's early 70's!
                          If you ever want to exchange recipes, feel free to e-mail me!

                          1. re: Sammie

                            Alpha hound is the big dog, Jim Leff. He's the lead chowhound in this giant pack of hungry dogs.

                    2. re: Sammie Echols

                      Welcome, Sammie

                      I think I speak for everyone here when I say that we ALL are looking for "the 'ultimate' enchilada"!

                      Like Pat said, disagreements are what make this place work. Now the next chowhound traveler will have a more balanced picture, and can choose his chow with greater aplomb.

                      And don't worry about length of messages...it's a big Internet, you won't fill it up!

                      please keep posting!

                      1. re: Jim Leff
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                        MARVIN RUBNENSTEIN

                        WELL, THIS WILL SHOW YOU HOW OLD I AM. WHEN I WAS AT UT THE PLANTATION HAD THE WORLDS GREATEST GREASY TRUE TEX-MEX ENCHILLDAS. ITS LONG GONE WITH ABOUT EVERYTHING GREAT ABOUT AUSTIN.

                        I'VE NEVER FOUND ANOTHER PLANTATION AND DONT THINK I HAVENT LOOKED. IF ANY ONE KNOWS WHERE AN EQUIVALENT IS PLEASE YELL. NO CUTE FAJITA MEAT, SHRIMP, CHICKEN OR GREEN NEED APPLY. BY THE WAY THE REAL THING HAS RAW ONIONS INSIDE NOT ON TOP OR ADDED BY THE EATER.

                        THIS LEAVES OUT GOODE CO. AS THEY REFUSE TO PUT ONIONS INSIDE BEFORE COOKING. THIS COMES FROM JIM HISSELF AND
                        PEOPLE HAVE BEEN THREATENED WITH LOSS OF JOB IF THEY
                        COMPLY WITH THE ONION INSIDE REQUEST.
                        MRRUBY

                        1. re: MARVIN RUBNENSTEIN

                          Marvin: Please take your caps lock off. It looks as if you're hollering at us. Thanks. p.

                          1. re: MARVIN RUBNENSTEIN

                            wow!! Marvin!!!

              2. re: Megan

                I really need to know some restaurants in DFW that serve pupusas and have a website!

                1. re: TopDog

                  first, if you want to find Salvadoran in Dallas, why are you interrupting a discussion of Mexican in Houston to do so?

                  second, I can't think of a single Salvadoran restaurant worth its salt that has a web page. Though I'm sure there are isolated exceptions, the good Salvadoran places are grandmotherly, and grandma doesn't tend to log on.

                  ciao

              3. re: Candy

                I agree. This place is wonderful! The restaurant hasn't changed a bit since the first time I ate there in 1986. check out the Houston Press review of a few years ago:
                http://www.houstonpress.com/issues/19...

                John Kopack
                Houston, TX

                Link: http://www.houstonpress.com/issues/19...

              4. Lopez is yummy! They just opened up their new location (new construction, built from the ground up) and, although expanded it's capacity, is STILL a long wait to get seated.

                Great value, great food. I live in Minnesota now, but must always make a trek to Lopez when I visit my parents during the Christmas holidays.

                1. I agree, I have been going to Lopez since 1984 and I love it. I usually order the Mina. I really like their guacamole salad. The carne guisada is good also.

                  I have been to Fajita Flats (Wilcrest/Murphy) several times and did not care for it.

                  I recently went to Las Hacindas on the S.W. Freeway and had the shrimp fajitas. They were fairly good. The grilled broccoli was an interesting addition. I have only had shrimp fajitas a couple of times and they have been served with squash/zucchini, bell pepper onion and carrots.

                  http://www.lashaciendasmexicangrill.com/

                  1. It's a hole in the wall but Tecate on Ella Blvd has great Mexican!! It is right down the street from the popular Tony's but I think Tecate is alot better!