After 7 corporate moves in 11 years, I finally made it to The Woodlands in 2013. An important life lesson I, along with my family, have learned in relocating multiple times is to really embrace the new area that we call home. But, it’s certainly much easier to do when there is something special about the area to get you excited.
For me, moving to Texas meant one thing…TEX MEX! I love Mexican food! And, anytime fresh homemade tortillas are available in every grocery store on every corner, you know there has got to be some amazing places to enjoy some Tex Mex love!
So, I have made it my personal challenge to try as much of the local fare as I can stand…for “research” purposes of course! Below is the fruit of that “research” labor:
Chuy’s – They may have the best chips and salsa around. Their chips are super thin, very salty and their creamy jalapeno sauce will have you coming back for more. Located at 18035 I-45 Service Road (between Research Forest and SH 242), it can be challenging to get to right now with the road construction, but if you can hit it at an off peak time, I’m sure you will love it.
Lupe Tortilla – I am a big fan of their fajitas. I have lots of friends that swear by their menu. Located at 19437 I-45 Service Road (between Lake Woodlands and Research Forest Road), it is a little more accessible than Chuy’s right now.
Rico’s Mexican Grill – There are a few locations in the area. I have been to the one in Alden Bridge Village Center (8000 Research Forest Dr) more than once and they have wonderful margaritas. On Fridays, the Alden Bridge restaurant has live music. The last artist we saw did covers of Elton John, Billy Joel and the like. I have also been when they have Mariachi/Tejano music too.
El Chaparro Mexican Bar & Grill – Located at 5405 FM 1488 Road in Magnolia, I think it is one of the best kept secrets around. Except on Friday nights! The place is packed. Kids eat free on Sunday too. I order the enchiladas every time I am there, with charro beans.
Caffe de Fiore – The authentic Mexican restaurant with the Italian name. The owner shared their story the last time we were there. They took over the space from an Italian restaurant, but before they could change the name, they had already had 2 newspaper write-ups and a spot on the local news. So the name stuck, as well as a few of the items from the original restaurant, such as pizza and gelato! Their mole sauce is fabulous and you must save room for the Tres Leches Cake. Located at 10110 Woodlands Parkway, near FM 2978, it is a great find and I just know you will love it!
La Lupita Mexican Cuisine & Bar – This is a very nice restaurant for date night or weekend people watching. Located at 20 Waterway Ave, they have a very nice patio that hugs the open concert space at the Waterway. I enjoyed the tacos el pastor, and the sangria and margaritas are pretty good too (FYI – I have gone on more than one occasion, in case you might think I sampled the entire bar menu in one night!) They have mixed reviews on various sites, but I enjoyed my food and service when I was there.
Now that you are super hungry, I will say most restaurants in the area seem to be excessively crowded on Friday nights, but not so much other nights of the week. Enjoy your own “research”, and viva la Tex Mex!