El Real Tex-Mex Cafe
Houston, TX 77006
- Sun 10am-10pm, Mon-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-3am
- All Major Credit Cards
- Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wifi Access
- Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
- Full bar
- Not Accepted
- Lot Available, Valet
Houston Press' Description
This is your father's Tex-Mex, in the best possible way. El Real Tex-Mex Cafe is a satisfying return to form for a worthy genre: old-school Tex-Mex, in the style of Felix and other dearly departed restaurants from years past. It's a star-studded collaboration between the original Tex-Mex apologist (and former Houston Press food critic) Robb Walsh and celebrity chef Bryan Caswell, so the food could easily be over-hyped and under-delivering. But it isn't. Get a plate of chili con carne-smothered cheese enchiladas and you'll wonder where they've been all your life. Ditto the San Antonio-inspired puffy tacos with mesquite-smoked chicken and the refried beans made with pure, rendered lard. Yes, lard.
I was their this afternoon on 1-12-2014, had order, Tacos Suave 8.95 3 soft flour tortilla tacos with lettuce, tomatoes, grated cheese. I Was very disappointed in the way the soft Taco was prepare, the chicken, and pork was very dry and bland no taste, and the beef was not good beef, it was a very dry hamburger , it was also very bland, no flavor. Robb Walsh and Bryan. Caswell... More >>
I was their this afternoon on 1-12-2014, had order, Tacos Suave 8.95 3 soft flour tortilla tacos with lettuce, tomatoes, grated cheese. I Was very disappointed in the way the soft Taco was prepare, the chicken, and pork was very dry and bland no taste, and the beef was not good beef, it was a very dry hamburger , it was also very bland, no flavor. Robb Walsh and Bryan. Caswell need to get there taste buds check by a doctor! I think Chef Gordon Ramsey would probably agree
A very unhappy customer who paid good money.
Tips from foursquare
The Tex-Mex here is perfect as a post-midnight meal, and the owners know it — El Real is open to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The menu isn't final, nor the room, but if you keep a close eye on the Twitter feed, you'll notice a few hints - such as The Tampiqueña Plate was originally served at the Tampico Club in Mexico City.
Milk Shake “No Minors” combines Brandy & Kahlua with ice cream in the very best way. Do yourself a favor: Skip the margarita and order this shake, for it is grand.
Try the Fajita Taco Salad! El Real gets extra points for using fajita beef and offering fragrant dressings such as jalapeño lime and cilantro ranch.
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