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Before the franchises, there was this original, tiny, hole-in-the-wall place. Before that, there was a simple cart, which can still be seen at this location. While chicken, beef, spinach and corn tamales can still be found here, Berryhill is now famous for its fish tacos, made with either shrimp or catfish. They are the originals and still the best. On the menu at the walk-up counter, you will also find enchiladas, tacos and other Mexican fare, but the fish tacos are what most people order.
Walter Berryhill was a mobile food pioneer in Houston, walking the streets of River Oaks and selling 200 dozen tamales from his little push-cart every week along with his wife, Billie, for nearly 40 y... More »
Berryhill Baja Grill is not my go-to burrito joint. When I got takeout there earlier last week, I was more interested in their fish tacos, which had gotten rave reviews from some of my friends as well... More »
Don't be fooled into believing that the Killer "B" Cookies ($1.29 each) at Berryhill Baja Grill (2639 Revere, 713-526-8080) are your ordinary pecan sandies. For one thing, each is hand-formed with five distinct indentations, imparted by the... More »
There's a new weekend breakfast menu at the original Berryhill Baja Grill (2639 Revere, 713-526-8080). The breakfast enchiladas ($8.50) start with two hand-rolled shredded-chicken enchiladas. They're layered with two gently fried eggs and topped... More »
I'm almost afraid to talk this one up as its my low key go-to spot. Fajitas are amazing, and the skinny margaritas are a nice way to enjoy this signature Mexican beverage on a fall/winter day. Inside is cramped, but you should be dropping by to enjoy the patio.
Berryhill Baja Grill It's fat. It falls easily from the corn husk wrapper, revealing a generous layer of sweet, steamed cornmeal. But what lies inside is even better: tender strands of pork. If you want a vegetarian tamale, you can be certain it also will be stuffed. Berryhill's hefty tamales have a generous Houston-based history, too. For years, Walter Berryhill and his wife tested, tasted and retested their recipe, throwing the rejects into the creek behind their farmhouse. His motorized... More »
Chris Wolfe has been at the original Berryhill Hot Tamales for the last four and a half years. New patrons hear his singsong "Hi, I'm Chris, what can I get you?" then are amazed as the sandy-haired, all-American boy rattles off instructions in Spanish to the kitchen staff while filling a drink order a regular hasn't even asked for yet. He makes juggling the tiny bar and Mexican eatery look easy, even on a clear night when 50 or 60 folks fill the outdoor tables and line up for takeout. If... More »
One of the last of Houston's old-time tamale men was an American Indian named Walter Berryhill. Dressed in a white jacket and top hat, Berryhill sold tamales from his pushcart in River Oaks. He rigged the cart with a propane burner in order to comply with health department regulations and kept selling tamales long after most tamale men had disappeared. Berryhill's tamale cart is now chained to a pole at the corner of Westheimer and Revere in front of Berryhill Hot Tamales. The tiny... More »
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