Two Restaurants: Traditional Tex Mex and authentic Mexican Food

Two Restaurants: Traditional Tex Mex and authentic Mexican Food

Hola, y’all. There are two restaurants in town that combine traditional Tex Mex and authentic Mexican cuisine in one menu.

El Potrillo Grill and Bar at 2950 Eastex Freeway in the Toys “R” Us shopping center and 10 de Mayo Grill and Bar at 8350 College near Major are family owned and operated and have a wide selection of favorite regional dishes as well as family recipes straight from Mexico.

Go all the way Tex Mex when you start with nachos stacked with beans, chile con queso, guacamole, sour cream and jalapenos, or go Mexico with the flameados (flaming cheese) with chorizo and monterey jack or camaron (shrimp) and monterey jack.

Choose from an extensive list of combo platters like the 10 de Mayo Special which includes guacamole, chile con queso, beef taco, stuffed bell pepper, cheese enchiladas, tamale, rice and beans. The Maria Felix is another Tex Mex favorite that includes sour cream enchiladas, rice, beans and guacamole.

Everything that’s best about Tex-Mex is available including chimichangas, deep friend burritos filled with meats and cheeses, beans and rice; and tacos al carbon, meat, onions and peppers grilled to perfection and stuffed in flour tortillas.

Scoot in a booth with friends and order fajitas for up to four and sip homemade Maria Margaritas over your serape covered table. The Margaritas are made with fresh lime juice and flavored anyway you like – mango, strawberry, peach. Choose your tequila and your flavor.

Feeling more Tex than Mex? Order a fajita baked potato filled with your choice of meat – beef or chicken – and everything and anything else you’d want stuffed inside. Lettuce, tomato and guacamole – you just name it.

Speaking of stuffed … one of the most popular menu items is the stuffed avocado. Large generous avocados are peeled and cut in two and stuffed with your choice of meat, seasonings and butter, put back together and then fried until crispy and delicious. If you love avocado, this selection is as good as it gets.

Leave Tex behind and go further south by ordering the El Presidente. This rich specialty dish is made by marinating fajita steak that is grilled and combined with sautéed onions and bell peppers and served up sizzling with rice beans, pico da gallo, guacamole and tortillas and topped with hot shrimp.

If you crave Gulf Coast delicacies, try the Hot Shrimp Apaseo, six stuffed shrimp with jalapeno peppers and wrapped with Monterrey Jack cheese and bacon; it’s served with lemon slices and charro beans.

Chicken Diablos is another Mexican platter and features chicken stuffed with jalapenos peppers and cheeses served with beans and rice, pico da gallo and avocado slices.For something completely different, select the torta, a Mexican sandwich made with fajita meat, barbeque breaded steak and served on a Mexican bun.

The Manriquez family cooks all meals daily; there is no mistaking the flavorful food made with the freshest ingredients as ordered.

Kiddos are catered too also and can select from a variety of Tex Mex meals as well as “kid” food, like grilled cheese and hamburgers.

Prices are just right for lunch. Both restaurants offer a little Tex Mex and a little Mexico, as well as lighter fare, like the Jonathan Salad, chicken or beef fajita meat over lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrots and avocado, for as little as $5.49 and as much as $7.49. Soup season is upon us, so try one of several varieties of vegetables soups.In addition to offering traditional sopapillas, the restaurants also serve flan, fried ice cream or tres leche cake for dessert. Mexican candy is available at check, too.

10 de Mayo is open for breakfast Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. El Potrillo is open from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Gracias, and y’all come back now!