Vintage Tex-Mex dishes from across the state and from every era of Texas history are lovingly prepared for your enjoyment, and that’s what makes El Real Tex-Mex Cafe a vital part of Houston’s restaurant scene.
Chef Bryan Caswell cooks some of the best seafood in Houston–and when his shift is over he goes out for cheese enchiladas. After graduating from the CIA in Hyde Park and working for Jean Georges Vongerichten in New York, Hong Kong and Barcelona, Caswell came home to Houston. His award- winning restaurant REEF was named Best Seafood Restaurant in the country by Bon Appetit Magazine in 2009. Caswell was nominated for the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest in 2010. He is also head chef and co-owner of Little Bigs and Stella Sola.
Food and Beverage Guru Bill Floyd grew up eating puffy tacos in San Antonio. Although he has plenty on his plate running the restaurants he co-owns with Caswell including REEF, Little Bigs, and Stella Sola, he has always dreamed of having his own Tex-Mex Restaurant with really good puffy tacos.
Third Amigo Robb Walsh is the author of the Tex-Mex Cookbook, The Tex-Mex Grill, and Nuevo Tex-Mex. He is the former restaurant critic of the Houston Press and a two-time James Beard Journalism Award winner. He likes to makes chorizo in his spare time.t
Tex-Mex was first identified as an American regional cuisine by Waverly Root in Eating in America: A History published in 1976, in which he wrote: “Tex-Mex food might be described as native foreign food, contradictory through that term may seem. It is native, for it does not exist elsewhere; it was born on this soil. But it is foreign in that its inspiration came from an alien cuisine; that it has never merged into the mainstream of American cooking and remains alive almost solely in the region where it originated…”
At El Real Tex-Mex Café, we respect the history of Tex-Mex and we love to share it with others. If you stroll around the restaurant and take a look upstairs, you’ll find old photos of Tex-Mex legends like Felix Tijerina and Leo Reynosa on the walls. We have also collected some artifacts and mementos from their restaurants and some other noteworthy Tex-Mex collector’s items. We’d be happy to talk to you more about Tex-Mex. If you have a Tex-Mex relic you’d like to donate to our collection, please let us know.