There are lots of Tex-Mex establishments in Houston, but The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation is legendary. Brief history lesson: it was opened in 1973 by “Mama” Ninfa Laurenzo, who is largely credited with making fajitas popular in Houston. For this, we thank her. The original downtown location is now run by a different restaurant group, but Ninfa’s legacy continues and their fajitas are as good as ever. Post up on their outdoor patio with a margarita and be sure to order extra flour tortillas.
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Nancy’s Hustle is a wine bar in East Downtown, where you should get drinks and a light bite, like their Nancy Cakes with caviar.
Head to Huynh, which is just east of downtown, for a lunch of Vietnamese classics like pho, vermicelli bowls, and banh cuon.
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El Tiempo Cantina
El Tiempo Cantina is where to go for queso and fajitas before a long night of bar-hopping on Washington Ave.
Last Concert Cafe
Last Concert Cafe is a historic music venue and Mexican restaurant located just north of Downtown.
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Hugo's in Montrose servers traditional Mexican food in an elegant space and is known for their huge Sunday brunch buffet.
Laredo Taqueria off Washington Ave. is where you should go for tacos, regardless of the time of day.
Pepper Twins in Montrose serves Szechuan Chinese food, including dumplings and their famous Pepper Twins Chicken.
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