5 Best Latin Food Restaurants in Houston from Gringa Chef
Jump for joy if you are traveling to Houston for a Super Bowl, OTC,livestock & rodeo or any other work conference. Take advantage of Houston’s ethnic diversity and close proximity to latin american cultures with roughly 40% of the population from central and south American countries. That kind of mix you know the food is going to be authentic and excellent.
- Hugos- This is real authentic Mexican, NOT tex mex. Well known for years by local Houstonians for years owner Hugo has worked is way up over the years in restaurants and has owned his own true Mexican place for years. It gets my Mexican friends stamp of approval. Go from brunch on the weekend there is a huge spread of many of the dishes on the weekly menu and you can try them all. Real tamales, mole, posole soup, and more. Keep the mimosas coming. Hugo went back to his roots in coastal Mexico to open a another authentic seafood restaurant Caracol near the galleria worth trying too. Make reservations.
- Mi Pueblito -Colombian food. If you have never had Colombian food this place has it all, there is even a bakery right in the restaurant you can go to bread and pastry heaven. Not just because I know the owners you can really try some of the most classic well loved dishes from all over Colombia here, ajiaco soup from Bogota, empanadas, arepas, chicharron, patacon, sancocho, fried fish from the coast. Try my personal favorite the shrimp with coconut milk over rice with a side of Colombian style coleslaw. Such diversity even within one country and restaurant. If the line is out the door try La Fogata or Monos not too far away off South west freeway (59 south) If you don’t have a rental car there are two Colombian food trucks on washington avenue in the wee hours, one outside Rebelles honky tonk (yes two stepping place really fun actually with a bull) and the other outside Pearl Bar, perfect for late night Colombian food.
- Mambo Seafood- it’s Mambonific of their tag line and after you eat there you will never forget that. I don’t deviate much here let me tell you what to order- This is Fresh seafood -Thirsty-Start with their michelada (spicy with lime and salt) with your favorite Mexican beer, mine is Pacifico! The seafood is in the name, start with a fish ceviche tostada or raw oysters. If you like spicy try the shrimp cocktail or vuelve la vida cocktail (pic) For entree try any of the fresh fish fried without breading ask with MAMBO RICE not exactly authentic Mexican more like Chinese rice fusion but so mambonifico. They have horchata and mango with chili drinks worth trying too if spicy beer is not your thing. Multiple locations in Houston no matter where you are staying. Perfect for a morning you are hung over, they open at 11AM.
- Argentina Cafe – craving Yuba matte or espresso paired with famous Argentine empanadas. This cafe across from the galleria has the break you need in your busy schedule. The owners are almost always there ready to serve up your favorite Argentine dishes. The re charge you need when stimulus overload at the Galleria, the small back street has great parking.
- Chama Gaucha Brazilian steakhouse. Rates tripadvisor’s best all around restaurant in Houston and for good reason. Brazilian style charrasieria, like 20 cuts of meat all cooked to perfection and the best salad and cheese bar in town. The decor and service is also top notch. Best to make reservations. The owner and manager are there to make the best Houston experience for you, memory you will want to have from Houston.
There are so many more this list is Gringa Chef’s Top 5, if you are craving Peruvian food Latin Bites, Lemon Tree and Peru
Express are restaurants to note. Miami has a better selection of Peruvian food. Few other I would recommend that did not make the top 5 Cuchara Mexico city cuisine and La Fisheria, Mexican seafood done right.
Let me just make a small note about tex-mex. It has a place in my heart and is highly debated the Best place in Houston. I am not including them here because Tex Mex is definitely mixed with American style eating the blending of cultures is great but this list is for the traveler that wants to try the unadulterated cuisine. In Texas do as the Texans, my favorite spots for Tex mex are the original Ninfa’s on Navigation, El Tiempo either on Washington or Richmond, Picos (on richmond) has real and Tex Mex options too,excellent choice. Chuy’s and Torchy’s Tacos are Austin Blend tex Mex places. I can write a whole other article about tacos in Houston…Gringa Chef has tried it all, happy dining in Houston, TX !