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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
8.0
8.0
$30
Forget the rest—the original Ninfa’s (and its Anvil-perfected ’rita) is still the best

Anvil is taking over the city—a situation we’re thrilled with. It’s just that you wouldn’t expect one of the nation’s strongest bar programs to inform the margarita of a humble, longtime Tex-Mex establishment. But then, this branch of Ninfa’s—the original and the only one we recommend (the others are owned by totally different groups)—is no ordinary Tex-Mex restaurant. In fact, it’s supposedly where fajitas were invented.

The run-down neighborhood’s mostly Hispanic, and the shack-like exterior suggests rural Mexico, but the interior… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Houston
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
7.5
$15
The original’s our favorite for people-watching, hot pots, and banh bot chien

We love the Bellaire Tan Tan, which keeps Christmas lights eternally running all over the restaurant, while moving-picture waterfalls and stuffed monkeys perched on top of fake palm trees complete the bewildering, but memorable, scene. Best of all, you can eat some pretty good pan-Asian (an oxymoron, usually) until the wee hours of morning. The newer Westchase location is decidedly more sterile—or fancy, depending on how you look at it (and closes much earlier). We swear the food’s somehow not… [More]