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Ninfa Laurenzo and her husband had a tortilla factory in East End. Her husband died suddenly in 1969, and the tortilla factory wasn't doing well, so she closed it and started the restaurant that becam

Speaking of Taco Bell...I lived in Atlanta during the '90s and the best Mexican restaurant there during that time was...Taco Bell.    Yeah...the others there were that bad.

Angus fajitas for two at La Mexicana are simply amazing.

[would I be revealing too much about myself if I told you I make a killer Frito Pie-an original Tex-Mex dish if there ever was one.]

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That's softball park food, not Tex-Mex ! :lol:

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You are correct, because REAL Mexican food sucks ! Tex-Mex is much tastier, for my $20 bucks I'll go to Los Cucos or Las Rosas. Tacos Al Carbon beef por favor, con refritos, no barrachos. :D

Real Mexican food is just as good as TexMex. Go to Puebla, the culinary capital of Mexico and I think youll change your mind.

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Real Mexican food is just as good as TexMex. Go to Puebla, the culinary capital of Mexico and I think youll change your mind.

I can really only go by my experiences in Mexico City and Acapulco. Maybe The Acapulco Princess and The Plaza in Mexico City, just had bad chefs at that time. I am sure the food is ok, but this fatman is very particular with the palette. :lol:^_^

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nothing beats the real deal...

also, on an el salvadorian note, has anyone ever had a pupusa? there is a pupuseria sort of nearby, and i am intrigued, but the one person i know that knows what they are says they're horrible...

plus, i like saying the word "pupusa" :lol:

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nothing beats the real deal...

also, on an el salvadorian note, has anyone ever had a pupusa? there is a pupuseria sort of nearby, and i am intrigued, but the one person i know that knows what they are says they're horrible...

plus, i like saying the word "pupusa" :lol:

They are super huge burritos, about 3lbs, stuffed with all sorts of goodies. Potatoes, Meat, Rice, Beans. I have only seen them, never actually had one, so I can't tell ya what it tastes like. :angry2:

Maybe they do taste horrible, and that is why it has "pupu" in it's name ?

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nothing beats the real deal...

also, on an el salvadorian note, has anyone ever had a pupusa? there is a pupuseria sort of nearby, and i am intrigued, but the one person i know that knows what they are says they're horrible...

plus, i like saying the word "pupusa" :lol:

never had one at a restaurant but at someone's home.....she's from there. it was good. also she made a pickled cabbage that was wonderful. she gave me a pupusa to take home but having it for leftovers is BAD. too greasy

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nothing beats the real deal...

also, on an el salvadorian note, has anyone ever had a pupusa? there is a pupuseria sort of nearby, and i am intrigued, but the one person i know that knows what they are says they're horrible...

plus, i like saying the word "pupusa" :lol:

Sevfiv, you can get frozen pupusas, along with the pickled cabbage (and loroca, and lots of other Salvadoran stuff) at the Gulfgate HEB.

Basically, pupusas are discs of masa dough stuffed with various things...usually cheese, beans, and/or meat. Top 'em off with the pickled cabbabe (curtido).

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The few times I've eaten them in restaurants they weren't 3 lbs or anything like TJones is describing, but they were delicious. Better than the frozen ones, that's for sure.

When I used to live on the SW side I had any one of a thousand pupuserias to choose from, but I don't know of any around the south side. I know you live near Gulfgate; where's the pupuseria you're speaking of?

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That's softball park food, not Tex-Mex ! :lol:

You ever had a Frito Pie made with home-ground top sirloin, pablano and jalapeno peppers, white onions and hot red pepper at a softball game, buddy boy? I'll make you one for free and sit back and watch you devour it! ;)

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The few times I've eaten them in restaurants they weren't 3 lbs or anything like TJones is describing, but they were delicious. Better than the frozen ones, that's for sure.

This is similar to the one i ate as well. It did not resemble a burrito. The lady told my mom she uses rice flour for the outside. She filled the inside with various meats/cheese, etc.

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You ever had a Frito Pie made with home-ground top sirloin, pablano and jalapeno peppers, white onions and hot red pepper at a softball game, buddy boy? I'll make you one for free and sit back and watch you devour it! ;)

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Shhhhhhhhh, you know you can't type things like that on here. People will start to talk about us........AGAIN ! :lol:

This is similar to the one i ate as well. It did not resemble a burrito. The lady told my mom she uses rice flour for the outside. She filled the inside with various meats/cheese, etc.

I think that the pupusa I am thinking about is from a region close to El Salvador, it uses a very large flour totilla about a foot and a half across, and is loaded to the gills.

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Real Mexican food is just as good as TexMex. Go to Puebla, the culinary capital of Mexico and I think youll change your mind.

Most of the meals I've ever had in Mexico City weren't that spectacular, except for some really small place outside of the city that made some more traditional Mexican food that you don't find in restaurants. I would agree that there are some good eats in Puebla. It is the mol

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[would I be revealing too much about myself if I told you I make a killer Frito Pie-an original Tex-Mex dish if there ever was one.]

:lol:

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Frito Pie is on our menu for tomorrow night. The traditional kind...but baked in the oven, with lots of onions and cheese. Wish my kids would eat something fancy like the kind you make. :(

I like Tila's on Shepard. I have not been in a while, but the times I've been the food was great. The atmosphere is very nice too.

Tony's on Ella use to be my favorite. Loved the shrimp and crab enchiladas When a chef left there and started his own place on 290, I moved with him. I think the name was Chapalla's. I would eat there at least once a week. Now they have changed names again, and the food has gone down hill..so I'm trying to find another place now.

If I'm in a quick hurry I go to a little place around the corner called Don Teos on W 34th. I like their Queso which has little pieces of celery and is not "Yellow".

At work we often go to Ninfa's. I'm not a fan, but it's walking distance from our office. Sometimes we venture out to Chuy's, but again, I'm not a real fan.

I do have to give Berryhill two thumbs up for their tamales and fish tacos.

I miss the original Cyclone's on Durham. In my mind nothing will ever compete with their Tacos el Carbon.

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the pupuseria is on broadway just east of 45 and south of 610. it is an interesting shaped building, too.

it's Pupuseria La Unica (i think), Corner of broadway and hartford. it was formerly the Chuck Wagon Drive-In in the 70's-80's - hence the covered wagon look.

Also nearby: Pupuseria Emanuel on Telephone Rd just south of Long/Park Place. It's also in a cool old Drive-in.

My favorite "hispanic" food (not sure it is exactly mexican but definately south of our border) is at

El Pueblito Place on Richmond (near Mandell). A great place to have Sunday Brunch esp. sitting out on their patio.

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My favorite "hispanic" food (not sure it is exactly mexican but definately south of our border) is at

El Pueblito Place on Richmond (near Mandell). A great place to have Sunday Brunch esp. sitting out on their patio.

I believe it is Guatemalan food. I've just never acquired the taste of that place. I seem to remember my big complaint was the price vs. the quality of the food. Rice and beans are cheap.

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i like el pueblito, but sometimes i feel ripped off...usually when i go there starving :D

i could walk to pupuseria emanuel, but i usually don't venture on foot over there (although there are some nice bars right around it, such as la feria, the maccalita lounge, and las palmas dos - which apparently is safer than the original one up the road that hpd seems to love to hang out at :rolleyes: )

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You are such a dog. I'm giving you your ring back and no Frito Pie for you!!!!!

:lol:B)

Awwww, you can keep the ring, It only took like 3 quarters to get it out of that machine over at Kroger's. :P:D

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I believe it is Guatemalan food. I've just never acquired the taste of that place. I seem to remember my big complaint was the price vs. the quality of the food. Rice and beans are cheap.

Love that place. The menu says is "Guatamala-Mexico fusion". I'm not sure what exactly that means, but they have darn good plantains! :D

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Love that place. The menu says is "Guatamala-Mexico fusion". I'm not sure what exactly that means, but they have darn good plantains! :D

Subdude, I have to ask what is up with the crazy robot on your posts. I know this is way off topic, but it is killing me. Is it from a movie or something. It looks familar, but that might be because you post often so I keep seeing it.

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Subdude, I have to ask what is up with the crazy robot on your posts. I know this is way off topic, but it is killing me. Is it from a movie or something. It looks familar, but that might be because you post often so I keep seeing it.

Why, it's Johnny Sokko's Giant Flying Robot!

Johnny Sokko:

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Giant Robot (another shot):

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I can't upload avatars for some reason, so I decided to go with a linked picture, and I love robots. Giant robots especially. :D

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Domo arigato for the link. Is pretty funny when it fights off the little kids in the sandbox. :lol:

yeah! what a violent robot! :D

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is that a cigarette?!

so yeah, mexican food...i went to chapultapec the other day, and was more impressed with the drinks than the food...

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Are their any mex restaraunts with salsa-bar? The ones with 10+ different salsas customers can go and help themselves. I knew couple of places like that in NorCal and really enjoyed these. I also remember very positive experience with some small taquerias where spanish was the first language on the menu. Not too pretty - but the food was so goooood. I am arond Med Center so if you know of any - let me know.

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Are their any mex restaraunts with salsa-bar? The ones with 10+ different salsas customers can go and help themselves. I knew couple of places like that in NorCal and really enjoyed these. I also remember very positive experience with some small taquerias where spanish was the first language on the menu. Not too pretty - but the food was so goooood. I am arond Med Center so if you know of any - let me know.

Taco Milagro at Kirby & Westheimer has a salsa bar like you're describing. They offer about six (maybe eight?) plus a selection of cilantro, jalapenos, and pickled carrots & onions which are addictive. The other Taco Milagros around suburban Houston are seated, table service places with a completely different menu so I don't know if they would have the salsa bar, but the original does.

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There are way toooo many threads to see if these have been mentioned but if you want REAL Mexican food, you need to go in to the OLDER mostly Hispanic areas. I dont mean SW Houston but places like Near North Side (Irvington row) or Denver Harbor all minutes from downtown. There is one on Lyons Ave called El Pentejamo or something like that. It has the basics and the servings are big and the prices cheap, really. Small place but who cares its the quality. There is another Mexican place a few blocks away (forgot name) but there is a Fiesta store just caddy corner from it. They are pretty good and authentic as it gets.

People focus too much on the mainstream joints like Ninfa's (give me a break) we used to call that Astroworld food because it was as real as well....a TV dinner. What is even more bizarre is the public has no idea that most cliche' mainstream Mexican restaurants are not even owned & operated by Hispanic people. Like Don Carlos' is owned by a middle east dude. Surprise! :lol:

So again for reality Mexican food head for the real thing. :P and avoid the generic/cliche'.

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There are way toooo many threads to see if these have been mentioned but if you want REAL Mexican food, you need to go in to the OLDER mostly Hispanic areas. I dont mean SW Houston but places like Near North Side (Irvington row) or Denver Harbor all minutes from downtown. There is one on Lyons Ave called El Pentejamo or something like that. It has the basics and the servings are big and the prices cheap, really. Small place but who cares its the quality. There is another Mexican place a few blocks away (forgot name) but there is a Fiesta store just caddy corner from it. They are pretty good and authentic as it gets.

People focus too much on the mainstream joints like Ninfa's (give me a break) we used to call that Astroworld food because it was as real as well....a TV dinner. What is even more bizarre is the public has no idea that most cliche' mainstream Mexican restaurants are not even owned & operated by Hispanic people. Like Don Carlos' is owned by a middle east dude. Surprise! :lol:

So again for reality Mexican food head for the real thing. :P and avoid the generic/cliche'.

Are you referring to "real" Mexican food? Or "real" Tex-Mex? I'm interested in real, cheap Tex-Mex.

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Has anyone been to Bravo's on Hwy 6, b4 you get to 59? I went there and enjoyed my nachos. I was stunned that they used queso, instead of real cheese, but I was impressed. The fajita meet was fantastically seasoned, our service was great, and our bill reasonable. While I was there, my partner's cousin's daughter was silly. She kept getting up to "get some baloons and gum." Well, when we were about to leave, some of the waiters came out, and put a sombrero on my head, then immeidately took it off my head, and put it on lil Meagan's head, then came behind her and smushed some whipped cream in her face! The joke was really on her, wasn't it? That was too cute!

My partner makes a great frito pie. Freshly grated cheese on top of an old family chilli recipe, on top of those big frito's scoops. Funny thing is that the chilli tastes like nacho's, but messier. Pour some Pace's on it and dig in!

When it comes to Tex-Mex, I'm spoiled. I grew up eating fresh hard and soft tacos, enchiladas, breakfast tacos, and nachos. So, when it comes to tex-mex I'm picky. El Fenix in Dallas is my fav. Funny thing is, my mom is this lil itty bitty thing from Chillicothe, TX, but she can make a MEAN taco!

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Best Mexican restaurants are the little taquerias.

except taqueria arandas :unsure: those places are awful!!!!!

roochies or ruchies (sp?) that place is bad too

gorditas aguascalientes goes on the bad list also

but those wont discourage me, lol. i'll still keep hoppin those places till i find a good one :)

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except taqueria arandas :unsure: those places are awful!!!!!

roochies or ruchies (sp?) that place is bad too

gorditas aguascalientes goes on the bad list also

but those wont discourage me, lol. i'll still keep hoppin those places till i find a good one :)

I've been to Arandas twice. They're not bad. I always go to the ones where they hardly speak english. So I don't know the names, only the locations.

Plus, I always get tortas, so.

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If you're ever in the Deer Park/Pasadena area, try Don'key. It's on Spencer Highway, between the Beltway and Preston.

Great food, great prices, and low maintenance atmosphere.

The Don'Key was our family's official meeting place for many years...for one reason or another (probably space limitations), we've migrated down Spencer Highway to Mamacita's. I always liked Don'Key...especially the "border" atmosphere as you pull into the parking lot. Haven't been there for probably 10 years now.

However, I do like Mamacita's a lot. I like the fact that you can get cochinita pibil instead of cheese enchiladas if you're in the mood. If you're ever at Mamacita's and see a table of 30, that would be us! :)

For Father's Day we ended up across the street at the Border Grill, and while it was OK, it didn't match Mamacita's for quality in my opinion.

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However, I do like Mamacita's a lot. I like the fact that you can get cochinita pibil instead of cheese enchiladas if you're in the mood. If you're ever at Mamacita's and see a table of 30, that would be us! :)

...for those that don't want to drive to pasadena, the owners of mamacitas are the owners of el jardin on harrisburg too.

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I've been to Arandas twice. They're not bad. I always go to the ones where they hardly speak english. So I don't know the names, only the locations.

Plus, I always get tortas, so.

at arandas the tortas would probably be the only good thing they have. and i think it's most arandas where they hardly speak english, lol.

my torta order always is "torta al pastor sin crema con un orchata grande" B)

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