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Emily
Ann Arbor

Houston

Best Mexican restaurants in town?

I will be in Houston this summer with a group of 10 friends, all in our mid-20s. We want to go out for Mexican food one night because we don't have great Mexican food in Michigan! What would you say are the best Mexican restaurants in town? Bonus points for places that make a mean margarita.


15 Answers

top answer by
Randy

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation is a great local spot close to downtown great food and drinks there. Also right next door is El Tiempo another famous restaurant that just opened about a year ago. Both have some of the best mexican food and margaritas in town! If your looking for a fun trendy place close to Midtown where all the fun young bars are then Gloria's Restaurant is also a ton of fun with great food. On Fridays and Saturdays they have a live band that plays salsa music and the whole restaurant turns into a dance club which gets very packed, but very fun. Its a very diverse young crowd, plus lots of local bar spots within walking distance. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation (restaurant)
  2. Gloria's Restaurant (restaurant)
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answered by
Zafar from Houston, Texas

El Tiempo Cantina Restaurants on Richmond-  Founded by the grandson of Mama Ninfa, the inventor of texmex.  Smoked fillet beef fajitas are amazing. 


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  1. El Tiempo Cantina Restaurants (restaurant)
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answered by
Saqib from Houston, Texas

Houston has a ton of great Mexican restaurants. A few off the top of my head:

Cyclone Anaya's (nice strong margaritas. Go to the one in City Center if you can, great location.)

Ninfas (multiple locations, great food)

Torchy's Tacos (more casual, but amazing tacos)


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cyclone Anaya's (restaurant)
  2. Ninfas (restaurant)
  3. Torchy's Tacos (attraction)
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answered by
Joe from Houston

Let's get to some real - read "more authenic" spots - Irma's, El RealSpanish Flowers, and La Guadalupana Cafe' and Bakery.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Irma's (restaurant)
  2. El Real (restaurant)
  3. Spanish Flowers (restaurant)
  4. La Guadalupana Cafe' and Bakery (restaurant)
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answered by
Paul from Traverse City

Houston is synonymous with good Tex-Mex food.  You almost cannot turn around without hitting a good Mexican restaurant.  Two of my favorites, both of which now have multiple locations, are Lupe Tortilla Mexican Restaurant which is famous for it's fajitas and it's slogan "Es pretty good!" 

The other favorite is Guadalajara Hacienda which I love all of their Mexican adaptations to seafood and there is no better Fried Ice Cream.  

¡Bienvenida!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lupe Tortilla Mexican Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Guadalajara Hacienda (restaurant)
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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

I will second the Lupe Tortilla-there are multiple locations so don't put too much stock in the map's location-look it up to find the closest to your stay.  I know it is a bit more tex-mex-but I have always loved Pappasito's Cantina-they have the best chicken fajitas on the planet!  Chuy's does a nice job too.  They were started in Austin-


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lupe Tortilla (restaurant)
  2. Pappasito's Cantina (restaurant)
  3. Chuy's (restaurant)
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answered by
Fahad from Karachi, Pakistan

Try The Original Ninfa's on Navigation for delicious margs and overall Mexican food, tacos ago ago for some delicious tacos, and El Big Bad for a wide variety of good fusion margs (don't recommend the food there)


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation (restaurant)
  2. El Big Bad (restaurant)
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answered by
Roger from San Marcos (Texas)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Ninfa's Mexican Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Fiesta Guadalajara (restaurant)
  3. Pappasito's Cantina (restaurant)
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answered first by
Donna from Texas

Escalante's Mexican Grille in Highland Village. Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen has the best tortilla soup.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Escalante's Mexican Grille (restaurant)
  2. Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen (restaurant)
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answered by
Mike from Allentown

Depends what your looking for, I personally love the chain Tex-Mex restaurant "Gringos." Great food, great price, and their Cadillac margarita is amazing.


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answered by
Rachel

My current fav is El Real (http://elrealtexmex.com/) located 1201 Westheimer Rd. The building is a former vintage theater, and they still play old b&w westerns on the walls. This place is very old school and has perfect brown enchilada gravy. Lupe Tortilla has the best flour tortillas and beef fajita meat. Definitely try for the original location 318 Stafford St


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. 1201 Westheimer Rd (address)
  2. 318 Stafford St (address)
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answered by
Heather from Houston

Arnaldo Richards' Picos on Kirby, El Tiempo


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Arnaldo Richards' Picos (restaurant)
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answered by
Vanessa

I prefer the small hole in the wall places personally! A taco stand will have the legit stuff you're craving, but there usually isn't much seating or margaritas. Try Chuy'sor Gringo's Mexican Kitchen, there's also another place beside the football stadium, but I can't remember what it's called. Pappasito's Cantinais great, but not the best margaritas and if you ask me, over priced for what you could get somewhere else. Hope this helps!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Chuy's (restaurant)
  2. Gringo's Mexican Kitchen (restaurant)
  3. Pappasito's Cantina (restaurant)
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answered by
Roger from San Marcos (Texas)

You can try Pappasito's CantinaGuadalajara Hacienda,   also basic but good Los Tios Mexican Restaurant, Escalante's Mexican Grille ( kinda loud high energy concept)


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pappasito's Cantina (restaurant)
  2. Guadalajara Hacienda (restaurant)
  3. Los Tios Mexican Restaurant (restaurant)
  4. Escalante's Mexican Grille (restaurant)
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answered by
Ronnie from Houston

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Gringo's Mexican Kitchen (restaurant)
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