Houston's culinary scene may very well be the best kept secret in the country.
We're at Main and Main for many of the best cuisines in the region, from Texas style BBQ, to Cajun, to Gulf Coast seafood, to Tex-Mex, to country cookin', (think CFS), to Vietnamese, (we have a huge SE Asian population in Houston who love to work hard and eat well).
I happen to live in far west Houston near Westheimer and the West Belt. There are so many great, family run restaurants in this area that I have always wanted to tell someone about. I guess you get to be that someone.
Today, I want to tell you about Mexico's Deli. Alex Garcia owns and operates Mexico's Deli. At one time, he ran a small chain in Mexico City. Fortunately for us, he decided to open a new restaurant in a space that was once occupied, (for decades), by Hot Dogs by Harlan. (RIP.) This is in a typical thirty year-old Houston strip center, just south of Westheimer on the west side of Dairy Ashford. What it lacks in ambiance, is more than compensated in quality and value.
Not long after HbH closed, my son and I noticed a new place opened there called Mexico's Deli. Serving a huge variety of tortas, (Mexican style sandwiches, so named because of the tortoise shaped bread used), tacos, burritos, and even breakfast.
My son and I usually each have a bowl of the poblano cream soup. It's sublime, but be forewarned the heat varies with the peppers. Then we split the Lomito Chipotle, a torta made with pork loin, ham and a fried egg.
Other times I simply can't resist the pastor tacos. The authentic pastor is browned and cut from the vertical spit, but then griddle-grilled to conform to local health laws. The tacos are served three to the order and are the smallish style tortillas. Just incredible.
They also make several fresh liquados daily. My personal favorites are the watermelon and jamaica, (hibiscus), but the horchata usually disappears first.
The Houston Press has given Mexico's Deli several (well-deserved) awards including Best Authentic Mexican Restaurant, but don't take their word for it. Take mine!
Go. Try. Thank me later.
2374 S Dairy Ashford St, Houston, TX 77077