Last Friday I stopped in at Tacos Los Covas, a recent addition to Houston's "international restaurant row" on Hillcroft. It is located next to the Stop&Go at Windswept and Hillcroft. The restaurant has been open about two months now, and features what I'm told is "authentic Mexico City homestyle food". It was my first experience with this food (I grew up on Tex-Mex, as we all did, but now prefer taqueria-style food.)
The restaurant is nothing fancy, with booths lining the walls and a bar with barstools (no alcohol here, though.) When you sit down, you are greeted with a small plate of chips and salsa. The chips are topped with refried pinto beans and white cheese, and served with some excellent green and red salsas. The green is very spicy, I believe it's jalapenos or serranos with tomatillos. The red salsa was a bit sweet and spicy, I believe it was a tamarind sauce with crushed red pepper, not as spicy as the green. I'm a chile-head, so I gobbled down the salsas and chips.
For my meal I had the chicken enchiladas enmoladas, which was excellent (although I've never eaten enchiladas enmoladas, so I have no frame of reference).
The enchiladas were simple corn tortillas, filled with grilled chicken breast and nopales, and covered in mole, with a little white cheese melted on top. The enchiladas were served with refried black beans and rice. It was a simple, but very tasty dish, and definitely not your typical gloopy Tex-Mex enchiladas. The plate was $5.95 plus tax.
Tacos Los Covas also features tacos and a daily special. I'll definitely be back soon for another taste.