El Real Tex-Mex is your grandfather’s vintage Tex-Mex with a kick. Always fresh and delicious, come grab a bite at the famous El Real!
Looks better on TV's Unique Eats - "Chingo Bling" - A smoked chicken stuffed Poblano pepper dish with an enchilada and a tamale. See video here at: http://www.ulive.com/video/houstons-finest-tex-mex
Nice retro Tex-Mex. I'm a fan of spicier salsa, but other than that the tex-mex standards are outstanding. The fajitas are great, and so are the enchiladas. I like that they have pork as a filling.
This is true, classic Tex Mex of the highest order. That means you get a lot of mild chili gravy, cheese, and lard. Queso, guacamole, salsa, and good portions. Not a fancy restaurant, but good.
Don't come any time after 8. The waiters start to not pay attention because they are focused in doing their side work and not you, the guest. The manager was nice and helpful. But don't come after 8.
And if you want food visit El Real Tex-Mex, where famed food writer Robb Walsh and celebrity chef Brian Caswell have teamed up to bring you the most authentic Tex-Mex experience you can have.
Salsa was fresh and roasted, yet, not enchanting. Service was 110 on point. Maybe over vigilant. Fajitas were tasty and soft. Pico de gallo was my favorite thing here.
Food is good, service is great but be prepared for spicy as everything they make is higly spiced. However, if you talk to the chef he can make something special for you.
BAD food. Salsa tasted "off". Chicken would not cut (like rubber). Beans & rice had a strange lingering taste (like vomit). AND there were NATS flying ALL over our table. Worst tex mex I've ever had.
We got great service even though we came just before closing and stayed well after. Very grateful for that, and for the excellent frozen margarita!
Try the Fajita Taco Salad! El Real gets extra points for using fajita beef and offering fragrant dressings such as jalapeño lime and cilantro ranch.
I had the combo plate with a puffy taco...beef enchaladas and a pork tamalie...it was really good stuff...it is a bit pricey for tex mex
Love!! Food is great. Service is great. Atmosphere is great. Margaritas are great. All that and 1/2 off for Montrosians on Mondays.
Pozole (Mexican soup w pork, hominy & chile) was the best thing at El Real, but the FROZEN lime, onion & cilantro garnish plate was lacking.
The Tex-Mex here is perfect as a post-midnight meal, and the owners know it — El Real is open to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Their marinated pork tacos al carbon WERE hands down the best thing on the menu, yet they don't offer them anymore. Very disappointing.
The first time I have felt actually let down by Tex-Mex. Chips are bad, salsa is worse. Menu is priced like Pappasitos with below Taco Cabana quality food.
Best tex mex in Houston. Great quesadillas, fajitas, micheladas and margaritas. Half off for Montrose residents on Mondays.
Have been here several times and have enjoyed it each time. Unlike some posts, I have the food well flavored and freshly prepared.
Service sucks, margaritas suck, overpriced, they only give 3 tortillas for a pound of fajitas, i asked them to split the order into 2 containers and they didnt.
El Real's chunky, beefy chili con carne is pleasantly darker and richer than the kind served at most Tex-Mex haunts.
Truly terrible food. The #1 ingredient in everything seems to be salt. Lots of it. With the advent of modern refrigeration, there's no need to use this much salt! Food is mediocre, bad service.
A pitcher of margaritas will fill about 7-8 glasses so it's a great bargain, but you will get a little sloppy!
Great place. Try the green chile pozole, micheladas and the no minor milk shake. We are coming back soon
The fire-roasted salsa is so simple yet fresh and lovely. Enjoy with a house margarita - rocks n salt!
The Bacon Enchiladas are the best Enchiladas I have ever had and I have eaten a few enchiladas.
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They reformulated the margs in question. Love the queso, guacamole and chips. Delish cheese enchiladas.
Bacon enchiladas with an egg on top for Brunch. Fantastic! Also, $1.50 mimosa brunch special. Win.
The best enchiladas in Houston hands down. Great chips and warm salsa. Great margaritas.
Meh, nuthin special. Chips tasted too much like the lard they're fried in. Rest of the food was aight. Won't be back anytime soon.
Peach margaritas were good but they make their enchiladas with flour tortills. BIG no no in my book!
Service was great. Fajitas were, meh. Atmosphere was...different. Over all it was okay. I will most likely never go back...
Enchiladas are absolutely TERRIBLE (the chicken & the beef). Puffy tacos are pretty good though...
Go here for a gut bomb of legit, heavy Tex-Mex. Always add a fried egg!
Average. Ambiance low. Nit sure what all they hype is about. 1308 Cantina on Montrose is better and has better frozens.
Average food and prices are not worth it. Margarita was just okay. The taste of lard ruined the refried beans.
I'm here with Serious Eats critic Carey Jones and she loves the margaritas and the queso. Plus, best churro I've ever had.
Montrose Mondays means all food is half priced if you have a Montrose zip.
Cheese enchiladas are best authentic Tex Mex I've had. Nothing fancy- just good!
Good food and friendly staff. I also found some good vegetarian options.
Beef fajitas made the original way and cheese enchiladas with chili con carne.
Try the bacon enchiladas on the brunch menu...dynamite!!
If you want the puffy tacos, the Picadillo Beef version is the best.
Get ready to run for the border with Taco bell or Casa Ole style food but you will pay Pappasitios prices to eat here. Can you say rip off?
Montrose Mondays! Half off food on Mondays if you're a Montrose resident (77006 or 77098 license)
The Big Chile (wih chicken) is easily one of the best things o the menu