La Bodega imports fresh flavors from Baja California and infuses them into appetizers, tacos, and entrees. Just-caught seafood swims in two to three times a week to create dishes such as the shrimp-and-mango enchiladas ($13.99) and the blackened chili-rubbed pair of salmon tacos ($10.69). Land-faring choices roam the menu as well, including the Baja burger, saddled with pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo ($8.99), and the grilled portobello burrito, which can be wrangled by a tongue tied into a lasso with or without black beans ($10.99). The most important meal of the day can be enjoyed at any hour with breakfast taco plates ($6.59–$8.69), the crab-cake sandwich on a jalapeño-cheese bun ($8.49), and Stetson-hat-wearing huevos rancheros ($7.49).
With traditional dinner and lunch menus chock-full of seafood, poultry, and meat plates, Las Alamedas quells a litany of cravings in an elegant dining room. In the fajita prime-sliced entrée ($16 for lunch; $20 for dinner), slices of mesquite-grilled beef mingle with onions and poblano peppers on a plate flanked by guacamole, pico de gallo, charro beans, and flour tortillas that can be used to smuggle bottles of hot sauce out of the restaurant. A serving of camarones Cozumel fills bellies with coconut pan-fried shrimp, a habanero and mango dipping sauce, and a side of potatoes ($18 for lunch; $24 for dinner), while the robalo chileno coats a serving of sea bass in herbs and sundried-tomato sauce ($27; dinner only). The vegetarian plate accommodates meat-free diets, slinging spinach-and-cheese enchiladas with grilled vegetables, rice, and guacamole ($15, dinner only) . Though the high ceilings and elegant arched doorways might tempt diners to stay indoors, Las Alamedas offers patio seating for those who want to breathe fresh air or make fake mustaches out of plant life.
The soaring dining room of La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant resembles a splendid manor in Mexico, with vine-draped balconies, colorful mosaic walls, and tiled awnings. Vibrant murals of mariachis beam down from the upper-level balconies, their faces lit by glittering chandeliers. Servers bustle up and down the stairs of the multi-tiered dining area, bearing baskets of warm tortilla chips and fiery salsas. Outside in the restaurant’s playground, whippersnappers careen down colorful slides as their parents watch from the lush outdoor patio, sipping frozen margaritas.
In the kitchen of this colorful Mexican eatery, chefs whip up a menu of classics, including crispy tacos, sizzling fajitas, and cheesy enchiladas. They fold fresh seafood into a variety of specialties, including buttery shrimp Mazatlan and garlicky steamed snapper. The accommodating chefs even offer a menu of kid-friendly eats, including chicken fingers served with fries and quesadillas served with a few pages of completed homework assignments.
Seven years ago, Rico's Mexican Grill brought its brand of Tex-Mex to The Woodlands. Today it boasts five locations throughout the region as well as a family of 400 employees. Together, the staff members adhere to the original restaurant's high standards for fine Mexican cuisine with a local twist. In their family-oriented eateries adorned in classic Texas decor, such as Matthew McConaughey's searing gaze, they serve a menu of enchiladas, tacos, and sizzling fajitas. The fajitas are especially a source of pride. They marinate the meat in a secret sauce for 24 hours and serve the grilled morsels with housemade tortillas. Aside from traditional Tex-Mex entrees, they grill enticing fare such as quail and red snapper. To compliment their dishes, they mix mean margaritas and cocktails and fill glasses with imported and domestic beers and wines amid frequent live entertainment.
La Cocina’s chefs fill out its menu with house-made tortillas bulging with fresh ingredients, served in an atmosphere that calls upon its culinary influences with paintings of Mexican villages. The chicken, beef, or pork in the Carlitos Treat fajitas ($10.99) wears a crown of cheese, guac, and pico de gallo, just like the one worn by the good witch in the land of Oz. Carne Guisada, a south-of-the-border stew with Tex-Mex roots, comes with buoys of beef tips and veggies bobbing in a savory brown sauce ($8.99). Sauce infused with bacon, jalapeños, and wine bathes quail in the quail-and-fajita combo ($13.49).
The staff members at Tortilleria La Buena Vida abides by the idea that "the tortilla makes the taco," which is why they crank out fresh corn and flour tortillas each day. They fill these tasty tortillas with a variety of fixings, including chicken, pork, and shrimp, drawing from recipes that span Mexico. To wash down meals, the casual taqueria offers authentic Mexican drinks including aguas frescas which are fresh water fruit drinks.