Everyone should do themselves a favor and drive to the far East End Barrio and hit El Jardin on Harrisburg and 78th street. I've been going infrequently for thirty years, it's been there since 1974. The wife and I went there for lunch, and it was spectacular. She is Hispanic and loved the red sauce, she described as toreador, tomatos cooked over a flame with resulting flavor in the sauce. She had carnitas with lardy refried beans. We also shared a queso flameado, with homemade flour tortillas. The carnitas were some of the best I've had. Carnitas are like brisket, better some days than others. I had alambre, a Mexican shish kabob, the beef was a bit tough, but no real complaint here, next time I'll try the chile relleno. Past dishes I've had are good grilled meats, and camarones empanizados y papas, fried shrimp with french fries, really good. I've had them on the west coast of Mexico, and they taste the same. Throw in some $1.75 Modelo Especials on tap, plus free sopapillas, forgot to mention the free melted queso with apps. We go there a little after 12 pm, and I saw a disturbing, to me, white guy, number of white faces, salesmen, plant workers, etc. By 1 pm plus, I was the only gringo around, as 30 plus Hispanics now ruled the restaurant. That's more like it. Take the drive out I-10 East, turn south on Wayside, left on Harrisburg, and your there, just past the fire station. If you're adventurous, go on a weekend night for Mariachis and East End family entertainment.
El Jardin Restaurant
7849 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77012