Berryhill Baja Grill continues an 84-year-old culinary tradition begun by Walter Berryhill, who sold his handmade tamales around Houston with nothing but a pushcart, a tortilla press, and his personal recipe. Today, the grill’s tamales pack savory cornmeal and fillings such as beef, pork, and spinach within cornhusks recently liberated from overcrowded cornucopias. Elsewhere on the menu, fish tacos combine tempura-battered fish, special sauce, and cilantro in a hearty corn tortilla, and pollo platters smother grilled chicken breast with affection in the form of poblano peppers and mushrooms—the hugs and joint tax returns of the food world.
If you're hungry, and only the inventiveness of nouveau Mexican cuisine will suffice, follow the smell and the sound of sizzling steak until you reach Hugo Caliente. Here, pineapple pico de gallo and Caribbean butter dress shrimp, enchiladas bask in Hugo's signature sauce, and Texas-raised skirt steak transforms into fajitas. Regular trips to Napa not only bolster the wine list, but inspire chefs to craft pairing-conscious entr?es. With such a level of attention paid to every bite and sip, it's no wonder Hugo Caliente is a favorite among discerning fans of savory Latin fare.
Houston Press named Molina's Cantina Houston's Best Tex-Mex Restaurant in 2009 and Texas Monthly put it in its Yellow Cheese Hall of Fame, and Men's Health named the chili con carne with cheese enchiladas one of America's greatest guy foods. Yelpers give the Westheimer Road location a 3.5-star average, and the Washington Avenue location an average of three stars. While some reviewers have mixed opinions of the food at the Westheimer Road location, most love the chili con queso.
Creating cuisine based on recipes passed down through generations of restaurateurs in Spain, the chefs at Café España titillate flavor-sensors with scrumptious Spanish café fare and drinks. For a zesty departure from the ol’ milk-and-cereal shtick, morning munchers can opt for fluffy pancakes ($7.50) or Café España's spicy twist on the spanish omelette ($8.50/half, $15/whole), a delicious mixture of potatoes, eggs, onions, spicy spanish sausage, and the tears of a matador. Thwart off impending siestas with a midday baguette sandwich, a delectable vessel of serrano ham, tomatoes, and olive oil on tumaca bread ($8.50). Large platos round out the menu, with courses such as rice with chicken ($10), a plate of tapas ($14.50), and authentic Spanish paella ($18). To seal the meal, Café España boasts a bevy of homemade empanadas ($3.50) and handcrafted drinks, such as spiced Aztec hot chocolate ($3.95 and up) or iced chai with soy and milk ($3.20+).
Mi Pueblito's chefs pull their culinary inspiration from the diverse landscapes of Colombia, where jungles grow thick with tropical fruits, herds of cattle graze on grassy plains, and fish frolic through coastal waters. The resulting plates of authentic soft corn arepas, thick grilled steaks, and sweet plantains helped win the restaurant the title of Best Colombian Restaurant from the Houston Press in 2006. Outside in the dining room, patrons wash down enormous portions with fruity cocktails and satisfied "mmms," followed by creamy cups of Colombian coffee. Colombian memorabilia speckles the bright blue and orange walls, setting a colorful stage for the live musicians who play instruments from acoustic guitar to accordion on Friday and Saturday nights.
Latin cuisine impresario Guadalupe Garcia cultivated the dinner menu for Las Adas Latin Grill to recall the breathtaking beauty and elegance of her old stomping grounds in Manzanillo, Mexico. Recalling the blue bay and white beaches of Garcia's home, refreshing dishes marry savory seafood to waiting mouths. Adas linguini ($16) nests pasta around a fresh salmon fillet and two shrimps dipped in a rich Caribbean sauce. Las Adas' savory comfort food includes dishes such as amantes ($26), beef medallions drizzled in portobello sauce on top of a mashed-potato bed, served with fried plantains. Exercise your dormant machismo muscles with the Manazanillo ($16), which represents each of the four meat groups (steak, chicken, pork, and sausage) alongside onions, bell peppers, rice, and beans. Feed your family of ravenous mannequins with the family-style Prime "De Lujo"($27), a feast including beef and chicken fajitas, lobster tail, sausage, and shrimp served with rice and beans.