Originally posted by Bulldozer Rectangle
Just went to Maria Selma on Sunday in Houston. Thought it was pretty 'dang good, IMO. Certainly one that I would recommend to anyone visting Houston in search of good Mexican food.
On a related note, apparently Houston is hosting some sort of football game in a few weeks. Would other Houstonians care to chime in on their Mexican recommendations for all those coming to Houston for the Super Bowl?
For Tacos or Taquitos, can't go wrong with 100% Taquito. My faves include the pork with pineapple and the spicy brisket. Order includes 3 taquitos, which is not enough for one person. Get at least 2 orders (total of 6) for a good meal, along with a limeade. Yummy!
For high-end Mexican, try Hugo's. Pretty expensive for typical Mexican, but quality is top notch, as well as the creativity. They serve salted peanuts and sunflower seeds instead of chips and salsa when you sit down; should give you an idea of how unique this place is.
Non tex mex, authentic or not, try Otilia's or Tila's. Otilia's is in a gritty neighborhood, in an abandoned fast food joint. Food is simple, cheap, and extremely good. Tila's is a spiffier restaurant with unique Mexico City cuisine.
Fajitas, Pappasito's is pretty good, but I tend to like Lupe's. It's a pretty tacky restaurant with 2 hour waits and screaming kids, but damn those fajitas are good.
That's all I can think of right now. Anyone got any others?
I haven't been able to save enough to go to Hugo's yet
but sure hear good things about it.
For traditional Tex-Mex I like Lopez on Wilcrest and El Toro in Clute, both family run operations in business since 1960.
Otilia's is great. They've finished the remodeling but you can easily tell it's a former Whataburger. Not the best for ambiance, but great food.
I also like Pico's on Bellaire and just (finally) came across a good taqueria near me, Taqueria Altamirano, on the SW Fwy @ Gessner. Love their tostada con ceviche and tacos al pastor. The fajita tacos, however, are somewhat disappointing - more like stew meat than grilled - and the birria (goat stew) was very disappointing. They have some guilotas (quile, so the server told me!) dishes on the menu and it's convenient and open til 3am on weekends. Other taquerias I've tried in my part of town are really more Tex-Mex than Mexican.
On a sad note, I recently revisited Merida on Navigation for the first time in I don't know how many years. It's just down from the original Ninfa's. Almost 30 years ago I discovered Conchinita Pibil there, the roast barbequed suckling pig dish from the Yucatan (Merida specializes in the cuisine of the Yucatan which frequently involves lard
). That remains the most sublime pork dish I think I've ever had but, alas, they don't do it nearly as well now. I like the Conchinita Pibil at Otilia's and Pico's better, especially Otilia's.
A recent brief review of Hugo's from Gourmet: http://www.epicurious.com/restaurants/features/gourmet/rest04/houston
Edited to fix spelling.