Tortas El Angel’s cooks spill a cascade of lovingly spiced meats into french bread receptacles to forge the menu's 13 titular tortas. The sandwiches burst with flavorful skirmishes between explosive jalapeños and tangy chipotle dressing, mediated by the cubana torta's ham, pork, and sausage ($5.99¬–$8.99) or the beef and egg of the nortena torta ($5.99¬–$8.99). The selection of tacos ($1.65 each), whose diminutive size makes them ideal for bribing hungry librarians, showcases corn or tortilla discs buckling under the weight of chicken, beef, or pastor. Bend straws around a dulcet array of aquas frescas ($1.75¬–$2.25): from tamarindo as delicately sweet as the tears of Kool-Aid Man to the cinnamon-fueled party of horchata. Diners digitally supplement the authentic fare that fills El Angel's welcoming digs on the restaurant's free WiFi.
Poblano peppers, queso blanco, house-made flour tortillas, and other Mexican influences join Southern staples such as pecans and spinach dip on Tejas Grill and Sports Bar's expansive menu of burgers, salads, and fajitas. A longhorn skull peers over tap pulls as they loosen drafts of Shiner Bock, Fat Tire, and Lone Star and affable barkeeps pour more than 23 tequilas into cocktails and shots. Between stacked stone columns and Texas ephemera such as metal stars, vast plasma TVs dapple the walls of the airy dining room, flickering with sporting events and perpetual loops of The Lawrence Welk Show.
Tell us about your business.
360 Sports Lounge is an upscale yet laid back sports bar and lounge. Our chef-driven menu offers many housemade selections and special recipe items such as our famous Uncle Billy's wings. We have 360 degrees of TV screens, including three projector screens. We have a private lounge for special occasions and a great patio. We offer pool, foosball, darts, Golden Tee, and billiards. We also offer specials every day of the week and happy hour 3 p.m.–7 p.m., Monday–Friday with reverse happy hour 10 p.m.–2 a.m.
What kind of special events do you host?
We have special events such as foosball tournaments, Wild Wednesday bingo, and Paint Nite parties.
The decor in a restaurant can tip you off about the type of food—candlelight and crisp white linens are popular at romantic French restaurants, while crazy knick-knacks on the wall generally indicate family fun and hamburgers. How does your decor inform your culinary practice?
Rich wood and Italian granite bar and tabletops are accented by earth tones and indirect lighting. Our lounge seating, chairs, and upscale patio furniture invite you to linger and enjoy your favorite sporting events or games in comfort and style.
How would you describe your menu, in your own words?
Our menu is not average bar food. We make most of our items from scratch, from our pizza dough to our hand-battered onion rings. We also take pride in making the extra effort to bring our customers quality food prepared fresh daily.
Cuisine Type: Freshly Prepared Bar Fare
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: Uncle Billy's wings
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out: Yes
Outdoor Seating Available: Yes
Towering palm trees, shady cabanas, and flickering tiki torches help create a distinctively Caribbean ambiance in El Pueblito Patio's outdoor seating area, distinguishing it from the rest of the dining area and earning the restaurant the award for Best Patio from Houston Press in 2007 and 2008. The chefs also look for inspiration beyond the borders, combining Mayan, Aztec, Spanish, and African culinary influences that typically characterize Guatemalan and Mexican cuisine. Fried plantains, fiery salsas, and a closely guarded blend of house spices help to lend iconic Latin flavors to the menu of grilled redfish, sautéed gulf shrimp, and roasted chicken. Large fronds and domesticated clouds shade the patio, which encourages diners to enjoy their meals out in the fresh air while savoring a drink with one of the bar's numerous tequilas.
For more than 30 years, restaurateur Armando Palacios has prided his bistro on exceptional Mexican food, unparalleled hospitality, and infamous margaritas. The menu combines Tex-Mex staples such as buttery guacamole, hearty nachos, and fresh black and pinto beans handpicked for their supreme jumping skills. To start, the queso flameado layers airy mozzarella cheese with a choice of chorizo or sautéed vegetables on homemade thin tortillas ($9 for three tortillas, $14 for five). Sink eager bicuspids into a hearty meal of eight-ounce fresh-cut boneless rib eye, two cheddar cheese enchiladas and chili con carne sauce ($22). Or, feast on fish tacos (grilled tilapia in spinach tortillas with fresh avocado, green and red cabbage, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, and chopped tomatoes, $18). The tres leches, a deceptively innocent-looking moist white cake accented with cinnamon and white frosting ($8), puts diners under the table with the inebriating decadence of three milks.