Houston >Food & Dining > El Rey Taqueria
910 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX | Directions 7700729.769841 -95.409472
Neighborhoods: Washington Ave./ Memorial Park, Central
Decent – Pretty average for me. Nice quick service and clean. The sauces don't v any punch for me.
Empanada Paradise – My secret little indulgence. I have been going here for years to eat all the things my trainer would never approve of. The tortilla soup is crazy delicious and I could eat the black beans by the bucket. I am getting hungry just writing this.
this is the one on bunkerhill – ok i dnt.knw. if corp.knows about it but never have i gone to a restraunt where the amount of drinks plus cost are not shown on a reciept George the manager told me that thatd how all there reciept come out.A friend and i went after work 1 day and he had 2 beers as i had ordered the whole chicken aka carte for 8.99 then tortillas corn to be exact so total was 14.59 but they were sepreate checks i saw my friend hand over a 5dollar bill for his drink then as i paid with a 20 i got back 4dollars now when i went back in to ask why? The manager at bunkerhill told me the drinks do not show on the reciept now not only did i get a attitude from a manager but also 10 dollars taken from me when i would go in numerous times well i would like to let all further customers check the reciept given and change but NEVER will I or any of my family or friends will eat there at the bunkerhill rest.slack of managment and slack or good service.
Cuban sandwiches at 3am are my plight – Living just a few blocks down from El Rey can be better than Christmas morning after a night out of dancing and worse than getting run over by a truck when it comes to hitting the gym later in the week.
Their Cuban sandwiches are 100% authentic with butter drenched bread and plenty of friend meat pressed into a disturbingly small foil packet of calories. Prepare to feel satisfied and happy, yet guilty. Their ropa vieja is another highlight and will fill your taco with unforgettable joy. Whatever you get, it must be ordered with a side of fried plantains, the perfect accompaniment to any Latin snack.
I suggest sticking to the Cuban inspired menu as the more Tex-Mex items are nothing special and can be a bit overpriced compared to the surrounding taco trucks that line the nearby streets. Come here for the Cuban, come late at night, but go elsewhere for breakfast tacos.
Only the drive through is open late yet the crowded parking lot, with the line of cars often spilling onto the nearby streets, manages to have its own vibe. It is impossibly to stop at El Rey on a weekend night without conflict amongst drunken idiots in the midst of territorial wars over their Douche Central.
The Tex-Mex items, prices and douchbags take away a star from this otherwise 5-star Cuban taqueria.
Good Food – This place used to be awesome... they still go good food (some quality has suffered), but this is still the place to go to after a crazy night. They are open late...
Food is good and prices are reasonable.
Citysearch Editorial Review – A high-traffic intersection in the Washington Corridor is the ideal location for this fabulous taqueria that serves it up fresh and fast for breakfast, lunch, dinner and post-bar-hopping snackage. It's the Cuban fusion that gives this Mexican joint its edge, with highly popular items including the Cuban taco (grilled fajita meat, black beans, plantains and a "touch" of sour cream) and the Cuban sandwich (ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese and picides on toasted French bread). Try the signature El Rey taco (grilled fish with a kick of habanero mayo) once, and you’ll salivate at its mere mention. If these flavor explosions don’t sell you, the prices will--where else can you get dinner for a finsky?
El Rey ...everyday – Okay....so do I sound a little biased? It came naturally I promise. I tried out the El Rey on Shepherd a few years ago and liked it but only occasionally ate there. I just wasn't paying close enough attention at first.
At the time I was not a vegetarian and expected; stereotypically to find breakfast tacos and the usual beef and chicken fajita fare.
But one day I tried a fish taco...oh! I love that habanero sauce! Hmm ...what is this? Cuban cuisine as well ....plantains ...ah...I love those! Cuban sandwich? Oh yeah!
But the clincher was when I realized that I could also get a breakfast plate (with yummy home fried chopped potatoes) annnnnd ...wait for it .... a delicious espresso cafe' mocha! At almost half the price of Starbux.
C'mon! Tex-Mex (hey..I grew up here annd San Antonio) , authentic Cuban (try the Ropa Viejas!) AND an espresso / coffee bar all in one? Are we paying attention yet?
And as for inspections (?) and cleanliness ..I see the crew constantly cleaning and maintaining the dining room and kitchen...and they actually care. This ain't no fast food dive podnah.
El Rey everyday? Wow ..almost! What can I say, I eat there several times a week as do many of my diverse friends and associates.
If you've ever desired the missing link between fast food (eww!) and overpriced restaurant dining, this is it.
Oh and now that I am octo-vegetarian I still have no trouble finding delicious alternatives on their menu. Ask for all white (real) egg tacos too...
Professional "by day", starving artist by...um..."the rest of the time?" ... I prefer a place with high numbers across the board ... not pros n' cons ...El Rey delivers.
I LOVE El Rey!!! – I always look for healthy places to eat. I really love El Rey. Their food is without preservatives and the coffee is fair trade. AND they actually have wheat tortillas. I really appreciate that everything is fresh. The orange juice is amazing. Their key lime pie is delicious...my favourite, hands down! It is better than the key lime pie I have found during my many trips to Florida. The staff is always friendly and service is quick. Also, in all locations I have visited, the restaurant is always clean. I usually eat here twice a week and will continue to do so. This location is one of my favourites, because it is nice to be able to sit at the window and just watch the world turning while taking a break to enjoy delicious food. Try it! You'll see!
Fresh food fast..... and it is actually fresh. – I have been a steady patron of El Rey since this summer. I just happened to want breakfast tacos one morning and by chance (or possibly fate) my regular place was closed for no reason that I know of. Needless to say from the amount of stars I decided to rate El Rey, my old favorite place lost my patronage. The breakfast tacos are fresh and you have a choice of fresh wheat tortillas, and they are very delicious. I personally love the Ranchero Egg plate, which comes with tortillas, two eggs topped with ranchero sauce, fried potatoes, and two pieces of bacon. Conan enjoys!!!! It is one of my all time favorite breakfast treats. Moving on from breakfast, my family and I decided to order dinner there one night. The beef fajita torta is pure delicious awesomeness. It can not be beat. The fresh guacamole and fajita beef seasoned and cooked to perfection makes a great combination. The second item I tried from the menu was equally enjoyable. It was the beef enchilada plate (Conan obviously likes beef), the tortillas are just fresh and delicious. There is no denying that fact. On a sweet note, the key lime pie is the best I have ever had. It is just sweet enough with delicious crust. Conan likes everything about El Rey!!!!!!!!!!!!
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