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Tex-Mex is king here in Houston, which is why choosing a "best" is a difficult task. Everyone has their favorite Tex-Mex place, the one that has the best fajitas or enchiladas.
Hard core enthusiasts swear by Mama Ninfa and her original Ninfa's on Navigation for their famous fajitas. From the same family, El Tiempo is often the first place that comes to mind when out-of-towners visit. Their fajitas are definitely impressive.
In terms of longevity, it would be hard to beat Molina's Cantina, a fixture on the Houston restaurant scene for 70 years and going strong. Their enchiladas de tejas, or cheese enchilada topped with chili con carne, is legend. Others swear by Lupe Tortilla's fajitas. The family-friendly restaurant is so successful that they've grown and expanded to several restaurants around town. Pico's Mex Mex is another mom and pop favorite, as is Teotihuacan. In Sugar Land, Lupita's, a family-friendly neighborhood mom and pop, offers fantastic fajitas as well.
Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen has been a hotspot of late for visiting chefs and celebrities. As the name would suggest, she specializes in made-from-scratch enchiladas, with many sauces that take up to eight hours to make. Her flagship location in Memorial features mesquite-grilled cabrito and other dishes cooked on the mesquite grill.
For Montrosians, there's no place like La Mexicana, serving Tex-Mex for 30-plus years. Also in Montrose, El Real Tex-Mex, housed in an old movie theater on the lower Westheimer strip, its tower emblazoned with the words, "Tex-Mex" offers old-school Tex-Mex with offerings like Frito Pie and creamy queso with chips. El Real is owned by former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh with celebrity chef Bryan Caswell, and partner Bill Floyd. When syndicated "Ask a Mexican" columnist Gustavo Arellano came to Houston to promote his new book, that's where he held his afterparty.