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Sep 17, 2003 05:32 PM

Cafe Red Onion in Houston

  • j

My friend who lived in Houston for 22 years said that this is the best restaurant in Houston. Is it really that good? Can anyone who's been there comment and also if it is that good what should we order?

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  1. Cafe Red Onion is good but hardly the best. I quite going because it seemed every dish was swimming in some really greasy sauce and was topped with a bunch of red tortilla strips. I might go back some day but I certainly won't go unless someone in the group I am with recommends it.

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    1. re: John Scar

      I'll trust your judgment here, this same friend told me to go to Gaido's in galveston a few years ago and i've never forgiven him for it...


      1. re: John

        I was not impressed by Cafe Red Onion at all. Went once a while back, never returned.

        Your friend... Is also one of those guys that SWEARS that Taste of Texas is the BEST steakhouse in Houston?


        1. re: Stewart

          LOLOLOL - Taste of Texas is the worst steak I've ever eaten. That whole place is a waste of money. But you can't imagine how many people LOVE it. Yuck. I'm so glad I'm not the only one that thinks it's bad.

          That said, I ate at Cafe Red Onion once because it was a co-workers birthday and that's where she wanted to go. I had the beef fajitas and they were awful. I didn't like anything on the plate. The salsa was pretty good and I ate a lot of that :-)

          Cafe Red Onion
          12440 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77092

          Taste of Texas
          10505 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024

      2. re: John Scar

        Well I can't wait to try out the restaurants you folks perfer next time I visit Houston. I started a groumet group 7 years ago - we're traveled and experienced in the kitchen. I've been to the Red Onion twice and thought the food and presentation were remarkable and the price darn cheap. Now I am from Massachusetts where things to tend to be a bit more expensive but .. (and no grease issue at all). To be fair, we all sampled each others choices and one was not to my taste. Give it another go and try another entree.

        Red Onion Restaurant
        120 W Candlestick Dr, Lumberton, TX 77657

      3. It's definitely not the best food in Houston. They served bastardized Mexican/Carribean food. While it isn't too bad, it's pretty oily.


        1. l

          Yeah, for the prices that they charge it's just ok. However next door is Madras Pavilion, this vegetarian Indian place. There is a dish called "Dosa" that is this HUGE crepe that is wrapped around a thing of smooshed potatoes. And when I say big, I mean laugh out loud that they are going to put that on your table.

          1. I'd have to agree with everyone else and say that Cafe Red Onion is mediocre in my opinion. Although everyone else I was with seemed to really enjoy it, I found the food to be too sweet.

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            1. It's not that good. There are a couple of good carribbean restaurants and many good mexican restaurants in Houston...including Ninfa's, chapultepec and Spanish Flowers for mexican, Reggae hut and Taste of Spice for carribbean.