Taco Tuesdays: El Real

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Now I know what you all are thinking:

The last time Kim did a Taco Tuesday, the downtown Macy's building was still intact!

The last time Kim did a Taco Tuesday, the fall TV lineup had not yet begun!

The last time Kim did a Taco Tuesday, we had not yet been subjected to Miley Cyrus' and Robin Thicke's VMA performance!

Yes, I realize it's been that long. But, as I demonstrated before in the eloquent words of my dear friend, I'm never gonna give you up.

Oh! I've got another good one for you:

The last time Kim did a Taco Tuesday, she was still under the false impression that she was allergic to shellfish!

It's true! I ate crab the other day on accident at the Blue Fish with my friend Carla and did not die! I didn't even get puffy! It's a new day Houston!

I'm still staying away from mollusks though..."Never trust a mollusk," I always say...

Delayed Taco Tuesdays and shellfish aside, Jason and I went to El Real for dinner last Friday night. Might I mention, this was after we circled the parking lot at the Upper Kirby Chuy's three times and finally gave up, but we were determined to get our Mexican on!

El Real is really something inside. Set inside a restored old movie theater, it always has old films projected onto one of the large interior walls. Super cool.

I decided not to act a snob about margaritas and ordered their "special" peach marg. It was delightful, though I would have liked it a *tad* sweeter. But I drank the whole thing and definitely enjoyed it, that's for sure!

To start, we shared a small chile con queso with ground beef. It was pretty standard (Read: Awesome) and did not disappoint.

For my main course I got the Fajita Beef Quesadilla, and it was decent. The cheese sort of reminded me of ballpark nacho cheese, which of course is appropriate in certain situations (for example, in a ballpark). I did like everything else about my 'dilla though and was completely blown away by all of the accoutrements that came with it - lettuce, tomato, guacamole, jalapenos, and sour cream. A+ for that side stuff!

Jason got one of the enchilada combos, which was pretty good. Again, the cheese wasn't my favorite.

"But Kim! You swear you've never met a cheese you didn't like!" And this is still true, my little porcupines. But when the cheese in question is decorating a dish, it should be evenly matched.

Now. In all fairness, if El Real was in New York, it would blow everyone's socks off. I'm being hyper-critical now that I'm living in The Land of Awesome Tex-Mex. Will I go back? Of course. Our server was beyond nice and the atmosphere is freaking awesome. Does it rank up there with the gods of El Tiempo or El Gallo? No, but again, we're in the big leagues of Mexican restaurants here. Also, I need to give some other dishes there a try!

And guess what? I've got more blog posts coming your way this week! I KNOW I CAN'T BELIEVE IT EITHER. Here's a preview: Awesome brunch at Sorrel Urban Bistro, disturbing nightmares at The Menil, and drunken revelry at the Beer Can House are all coming to a blog near you!


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