Many thanks to our loyal customers and hard-working staff.
Thanks to the Daily Meal website for naming our Chicken Puffy among the 35 top tacos in the nation. Here’s what they had to say:
El Real’s Perfect Margarita was named one of the ten best margaritas in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine this month.
The “Perfect Margarita” was also described as “genius” on Eater Houston’s list of Houston’s iconic margaritas.
Alison Cook also raved about El Real’s Perfect Margaritas at 29.95. “Now there’s a cocktail worthy of El Real’s wonderful beef fajita nachos, which are some of my favorites in town. I consider it a welcome miracle, and I hope the build-your-own idea catches on elsewhere in town,” she wrote.
The stirred and shaken margarita didn’t become popular until the frozen margarita took the state by icy storm back in the early 1970s. Following on the frozen daiquiri craze of the 1960s, the frozen margarita was primarily made at home with a bottle of souvenir tequila and a Waring blender.
In 1971, when the Texas legislature made it possible for communities to hold local elections to legalize “liquor by the drink” in restaurants, Tex-Mex restaurants began offering the cocktail to patrons. The drink caught on, especially with women, and the local Tex-Mex cantina replaced the male-dominated, smoke-filled saloon as the Happy Hour venue of choice.
Stirred and shaken versions, like El Real’s Perfect Margarita, came along later as patrons with a taste for good quality tequila demanded a “Mexican Martini” style mixed drink.
For those of you who haven’t tried one yet, the El Real perfect margarita starts with a slip of paper and golf pencil–you circle your choice of tequila, liqueur, juice, sweetener and mode of delivery.
We love a good margarita on the rocks, but El Real has great frozen margaritas too. The world’s first frozen margarita machine was invented by Mariano Martinez in Dallas in 1972. It was a modified soft serve ice cream freezer.
On November 20, Mariano’s machine was moved to Washington D.C. as part of the Smithsonian’s new exhibit, “FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000.” Señor Martinez was there at the opening. El Real salutes Mariano Martinez for his contribution to our Tex-Mex cocktail culture.
Now you can request beef, chicken or our new pork fajitas when you order fajitas on a sizzling comal from our grill menu. The tender meat is marinated and mesquite-grilled pork brisket. It comes with hot off the griddle housemade tortillas and all the fixin’s including guacamole, pico de gallo, a roasted jalapeño and our melted herb butter.
Come by soon and give pork fajitas a try!
The most popular item on El Real Tex-Mex Cafe’s Saturday and Sunday Brunch Menu is a plate of bacon enchiladas. What’s a bacon enchilada? It’s a couple of slices of bacon and cheese rolled up in a tortilla, slathered with El Real’s signature chile con carne gravy, baked until it’s bubbly hot and topped with a fried egg.
Try it with a Bloody Maria, or one of our fabulous “Perfect Margaritas.”
Sure we have old-fashioned outside skirt steak fajitas and grilled chicken fajitas. And yes, those come with fluffy housemade flour tortillas, fresh guacamole, pico de gallo, an addictive herb butter, and all the condiments.
But did you know we also cook up juicy quail, bacon-wrapped shrimp, and Certified Angus strip steaks on our J.R. Oyler mesquite-fired grill? There’s also “wholefish fajitas,” a whole Gulf snapper served up with caramelized onions on a sizzling comal.
You can get our grilled items in a wide range of combinations including the “Padre Steak,” a sirloin strip with 4 shrimp wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese and jalapeño; and “Cielo Y Tierra, 2 grilled quail with fajitas.
Try an El Real mixed grill soon–we also serve Alexander Valley Cabernet!
Many thanks to Joanna O’Leary of the Eating Our Words blog at the Houston Press for her recent blog item on our shrimp puffy tacos. The popular new tacos already appear on our printed menus, we promise to put them on our online menu soon!
Join us at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe every Tuesday and Thursday for happy hour and enter your name in the drawing with one of our bartenders. You’ll be eligible to win two tickets to an upcoming game. The drawing will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 PM. (You must be present to win.)
Lucky winners will leave El Real with two club level tickets in hand. We’ll also throw in a free order of ballpark nachos from our new El Real Tex-Mex concession stand.
We were trying on bathing suits the other day when we concluded that maybe, every now and then, we ought to have a low-carb lunch. And so we came up with a couple of Summer Lunch Specials, like this crab and guacamole salad, that make a low-carb diet a little easier to bear. The Campechana Salad, a half order of our Campechana Cocktail spread on half an avocado with a big plate of salad mix underneath, was the most popular of the new items on the day we introduced them. But a grilled chicken breast with ancho-tomatillo sauce and a cucumber salad was a close second. There’s also a grilled chile relleno and a simple taco salad on the new lighter summer lunch menu.
If you want to stick to your regular diet of cheese enchiladas and refried beans we understand–but we also got you covered if you or your lunch mates are looking for lighter fare.