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November 6, 2013

Like Tequila? Come on down to El Real on Thursday March 20th at 6:30 pm, meet the legendary Pepe Zevada and try some inspired tequila pairings! After 35 years in the liquor business, Z Tequila founder, Pepe Zevada formulated his own recipes for 100% pure agave tequilas.

In March of 2012, Z Tequila Blanco was awarded the Double Gold Medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Pepe’s Z Tequila Reposado and Z Tequila Añejo were also deemed medal

worthy. Pepe’s award-winning signature process begins with the harvesting of seven- to nine-year-old lowland agave plants. The tequilas are crafted by hand, drawing from centuries old tequila traditions and time-honored distilling and filtration techniques.

Then each precious 100% natural drop is aged in the traditional white oak casks according to variety. Except for Z Tequila Blanco, which is bottled immediately.

A single sip reveals Pepe’s uncompromising standards along with the unmistakable affirmation that pure tequila perfection has indeed been achieved. The price of the tequila tasting dinner is $40 plus tax and tip. Reservations are required, call 713-524-1201

October 16, 2013

We are delighted to announce that El Real Tex-Mex Cafe has been awarded “Best Tex-Mex” and “Best Enchiladas” in the 2013 Houston Press “Best of Houston Awards.”

Many thanks to our loyal customers and hard-working staff.

September 21, 2013

El Real Tex-Mex welcomed Houston Mayor Annise Parker and her entourage Friday morning for a breakfast meeting. She seemed to enjoy herself!

August 27, 2013

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:

“7) El Real Tex-Mex Café, Houston: Chicken Puffy Taco

Located inside a restored theater in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood, El Real serves Tex-Mex classics like chile con carne, nachos, and Frito pie, but we recommend you head directly for the San Antonio Puffy Taco Plate, with smoked chicken. The deep-fried shell gets a smear of refried beans, then the smoked chicken (which is smoked whole before being shredded) is liberally applied. Lettuce and tomato come on top, and it’s a taco you’re not likely to forget any time soon.”

July 15, 2013

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.

February 7, 2013

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!