A tale of three Rosenberg restaurants:
and a new (as yet untested) discovery in Rosenberg to report.
Had not been to Guanajuato Mexican in a while. I have previously given it a good review but yesterday (and frankly, I have driven past and had bad vibes even before this) evidence of slippage, perhaps change of ownership or chef or both.
Unbussed tables galore. Yes, still a mix of Hispanic and other clientele (usually a good sign) but nothing worked for us yesterday. For a start menu with pictures on it!! This I certainly don't recall, and is something, like Gordon Ramsay, that immediately gets me in an unappetizing state of mind. And the salsa (while still served warm---hot [temp.] actually---as I recall previously) has little to nothing to recommend it. Certainly no heat from the ingredients and actually the hot temporature did nothing to enhance it. Also chips were unsalted and flavorless. I don't mind lack of salt if the salsa had some but there was none there either.
Appetizer of jalapenos and cream cheese. Not good. Mains of carne guisada and steak picado, mega poor. I seem to recall on earlier visits beans served in a crock. These were standard Taco-Bell refried variety. Guacamole tasted generic, almost supermarket variety. No good at all.
I cannot swear to it, but all signs indicate a change of ownership and possibly loss of a good chef in the process. Oh and awful pink/orange glasses (for beer) I neither recall nor wish to be offered to drink out of EV-HAH!
This seems like a downhill alert, big time. I remember the things I liked on the menu in vague terms and they seemed absent.
Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant
3907 Avenue H Rosenberg TX 77471 281.633.9042
Steady as she goes at Hunan Garden. This is the closest (closest being a relative term) halfway decent Chinese place to my home. A mere 35 miles. (Attention Chinese Restauranteurs Eagle Lake NEEDS YOU!!!!) This is Chinese American and doesn't seem to offer a Chinese menu. But on its own terms its food is very consistent and fresh. Also they turn around take-out orders faster than Southwest turns around a 737 at Hobby. I always want chili hot pepper sauce with my Chinese. Over the years elaborate promises of tubs of that in the order have broken my heart at Chinese places all around the country more times than the Minnesota Twins circa 1982. But at Hunan if they say you've got three chili sauces, somewhere in the order (you might have a bit of a hunt) there WILL BE THREE. Little things like that make all the difference. One thing I would love is if they (and all takeout places, Indian and Chinese and other) would revert to the Woody-Allen-Eating-Chinese-Food-In-Bed-With-Mariel-Hemingway paper containers. The plastic ones with clear lids spoil it for me. It's just not Chinese take-out in the classic sense, for me, in those.
There are not going to be pork intestines or salt & pepper tofu or even plain beansprouts. But on its own classic old-school American Chinese terms you won't be disappointed here. And don't pad your pick-up time with that customary 10 minutes later than they say, because they'll have it ready on time.
4601 Ave H Rosenberg TX 77471 281.342.7279
After the disastrous lunch at Guanajuato and after discovering Butler Books on 3rd street is "Closed for Renovations" driving around the block back to ALT 90 discovered the place we probably (based on the trade they were doing) SHOULD have lunched. Taqueria Leon is a kind of shack by the railroad tracks. But a neon sign for Menudo shone out like a beacon. It looks a bit like a BBQ joint so I think a lot of Mex BBQ is on the go within. The ad hoc parking lot was really full. And it exuded "People-Are-Happily-Eating-Within" vibes. It's on my list to check out soon. It seems little covered and may be new? Not sure. Certainly worth a checkout by the looks.
TAQUERIA LEON - Rosenberg, 77471 Phone: 281-342-6550
Thanks for reading.