Tampico in Houston
We just went to Tampico (2115 Airline, Cavalcade is the cross street, just north of the Heights) tonight. What a great place. I had heard about it quite a bit and it was better than expected. I can't believe I have lived here for five years and never gone there before.
For those of you that are not familar with it, Tampico is a Mexican seafood restaurant. They serve fresh seafood, prepared in a stunning variety of ways. They are best known for whole grilled snapper (it takes 30 minutes to prepare, so figure this into your dining plans). They also serve a whole variety of seafood by the pound, served family style. Also have a wide range of plates and platters for single diners or groups with divergent tastes.
It was excellent and truly moderately priced (I had a mixed seafood grill with snapper, scallops and shrimp, plus special fried rice and grilled onions and peppers for about $12). It is a very casual restaurant, but is extremely clean and the service is quite attentive.
If you enjoy getting slightly off the beaten track and enjoy seafood and/or something out of the ordinary, you need to give it a try.
Some good friends took me there this past Saturday; I was visiting from Austin, TX. Let me tell you this place is The Deal!! Food Quality A+, Price A+, Serve A+, Atmosphere B+, just because it was freezing cold in the upstairs dinning room. I tried to tackle the 30 shrimp dinner for $14.95, could only eat 26 with tail on. I hope to be back to Houston soon.