Moving to Texas has given me a new found appreciation for all foods Mexican. I’ve always enjoyed binge eating at Mexican restaurants, but that is always how it transpired. After chips, queso, guacamole, margaritas, enchiladas combo with rice and beans, and sopaipillas, the whole experience usually ends up being more of a negative one. It’s amazing how many different variations of the cuisine I’ve encountered since moving to Houston. Now I consider scrambled eggs naked without tomatillo salsa, I buy homemade tortillas almost as regularly as whole wheat bread, and my most frequented take out restaurant is El Rey, a fabulous Mexican/Cuban taqueria. To feed my obsession, it’s only 3 minutes from my apartment AND it has a drive-thru. Every time I go, I try to get something different. I’ve gotten breakfast tacos (pretty good), their cinnamon coffee (amazing- I now add a generous sprinkle of cinnamon in my filter every morning thanks to that coffee), and their grilled fish tortas are pretty delicious as well. This time I opted for an a la carte selection.
The Cuban Taco is a special El Rey creation. You choose either beef or chicken (I picked fowl), flour or corn tortilla (corn of course) and they top with black beans, roasted plantains, and a sour cream sauce. The Tortilla Soup is one of their signature items. Rich and spicy chicken broth is spiked with huge, I mean HUGE, chunks of their famous rotisserie chicken, large slices of avocado, and they kindly package the tortilla strips separately so you don’t have to deal with soggy soup! Genius. The Taco Al Pastor was new to me, and I’m so glad I tried it. Roasted pork tossed in a “light Mexican sauce”- whatever that is- and topped with chopped onions and cilantro, served in a corn (for me) tortilla.
I haven’t had it yet, but I hear the ceviche is good. I’m a little wary of eating raw seafood from an establishment with a drive-thru; but since I’m picking it up about once a week these days, I better add it to my list if I want to make my way through the entire menu.