A May 2006 trip
to Houston by txag_girl
Quote: Just a bit about H-town, from someone who really knows the city.
Restaurant | "Marios"
Houston, Texas, has a wide variety of Mexican food, and for a weary hungry traveler it may be hard to find just the perfect one that will truly reflect good Tex-Mex food. Within Houston your options are endless, but I have found that some of the best Mexican food is actually outside the city limits, if you take a short trip north and visit Spring, Texas, you can not only spend an afternoon antiquing and visiting Old Town Spring but you can also stop by Mario’s Mexican Food Restaurant, and dine on some of what I consider the best Mexican food around. Mario’s is a locally owned restaurant that started out in a small building in a strip center on Rayford Road, when his clientele grew so did his business, with him opening another restaurant, also on Rayford Road.
At any time of day you can expect to get excellent food at a great price. I have never walked away from Mario’s with being totally satisfied; they have large portions and high quality of food. You can choose from Entrees like fajitas, rellenos, enchiladas, and tilapia, the menu is pretty varied and has selections for even the pickiest eater. They even have hamburgers! Menu selections usually run in the range of $5.50 to $10, priced very affordably and situated in an easy location Mario’s is a true TexMex treat. No need to call ahead for reservations, but they do get busy on Friday evenings. Attire is casual, so no need to get dressed up here, just make sure you show up in some comfortable stretchy pants!Mario’s is located at 610 Rayford Road, in Spring and they will be happy to get you directions, just call (281)367-9336. Also they are part of the American Airlines diner’s rewards, so you can even be rewarded for getting to try out this great little secret!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 11, 2006
Mario's Mexican Restaurant
610 Rayford Road
Houston, Texas 77386
Restaurant | "Papasitos Cantina"
If you have ever tried one of Houstons Papa's food chains and were thinking about trying Pappasitos, don't waste your money. If you are in the mood for some serious Mexican food, check out some of the smaller name places within Houston to get the best viddles for a much lower price. The restaurant itself is very nice, they are catchy to the eye, most often they have a neon sign out front and to the eyes they seem very "authentic". What you will find when you enter, is a crowded overpriced restaurant. This review does not come from one bad dining experience but from numerous times and much to my dismay, I am still not impressed. I can guarantee, that unless Houston is being evacuated you will almost always have to wait, the wait will range from 10 minutes (which always means 20) to 1 hour. They do, though, suit the needs of the folks who are waiting to dine, they have created a whole patio seating area outside where you can enjoy drinks while you wait, which does have a nice ambience.
Once seated, please do not plan on having a serious conversation or a conversation at all for that matter, the place is LOUD, so loud that you will find yourself practically screaming at your dining partner just to communicate. The resturaunt caters to a varierty of diners. At lunch most diners will be businessmen and women, meanwhile at dinnertime the crowd becomes hosts of families.
Now, I have always had excellent service at this resturaunt, they are almost always busy and unlike most restaurants their staff is prepared, you will most likely see your server very oftern, which is good, since your cup will never runneth dry.
The food selections mimic most Tex-Mex restaurants, you will find a combination of "traditional" foods such as: tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, and quesadillas. They also offer a small sampling of seafood as well, mostly prepared with a "Mexican" flavor, such as tilapia, and seafood enchiladas. I almost always get the seafood enchiladas, and at $14 they are no bargain. But they are okay, as a matter of fact I have never been blown away by any of the food that I have eaten here.
The food is prepared nicely and arrives at your table hot, but it does have a certain cafeteria style taste to it. Most large scale places of mass food production often have the same taste.
The average plate will cost you about $14, and the average bill for two adults with no alcohol is around $40.00. Now I will pay for a great meal, but I would recommend that you search elsewhere and get a great meal at half the price and then treat yourself to a movie or dessert. The restaurant is okay, mediocre at its best, the wait is horrible and the food is nothing to rave at, not at all like the other Papa's family of restaurants.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 22, 2006
15280 Interstate 45 North
Houston, Texas 77090
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 11, 2006
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
2522 Fairway Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77092
+1 713 686 9494
Old Town Spring
405 Main St
Spring, Texas 77373
+1 281 353 9310