El Rey is a terrific Cuban/Mexican restaurant masquerading as a fast-food joint. Sure, you eat with plastic utensils on blue plastic cafeteria trays. And yes, the food arrives very fast, but this is anything but fast food. This stuff has soul. And flavor. Lots of flavor. A huge old-fashioned rotisserie roasts beautiful, golden-skinned chickens that turn up in soups, sandwiches, tacos and burritos -- and that also stand alone quite well, thank you. Good accompaniments, too: nicely flavored Mexican rice with good-sized chunks of carrot and deeply spiced refried beans.
There seems to be an unwritten rule that all top-notch food-and-drink festivals have to take place inside the loop. Lucky for us, the folks at Food and Vine Time Productions are slowly changing the ru... More »
The opening of a spate of new coffee shops in town — Black Hole Cafe, Bungalow and Crema Espresso Stand, just to name a few — has inspired us to take a closer look at the existing, well-established coffeehouses in Houston. These are the ones that... More »
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