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Restaraunt Review: El Ray Taqueria

 
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Posted June 4, 2008 by

Finding tacos in New York was a major undertaking but finding them here in Texas is a breeze – taco carts are to Texas like bagel carts are to NYC – there’s one on every corner. But finding a “good” one has been a challenge and it wasn’t until I consulted someone who had lived here their entire life was I then introduced to El Ray. El Ray is a Cuban/Mexican Taqueria that’s actually pretty close to our offices here.

El Ray
Inside El Ray is nothing special – typical counter/diner set up and come lunch time, it’s always packed. The bar seating along the walls allows more people to cram in – but it’s not uncommon to see a line out the door on any given day. Tacos are reasonably priced in the $1.75 to $2.25 range – but you best bet is to ask for a taco plate for $4.75 – it’ll come with 3 tacos and beans & rice.

El Ray
El Ray
Anthony came for a visit and we stopped at El Ray for a snack before dinner – I say snack because dinner was about 3 hours away and we were doing a whirlwind tour of Houston. The Cuban tacos are my personal favorite – chicken, black beans & plantains – but those are closely followed by the Ropa Vieja tacos and the Fish Tacos. Try all three if you get the chance – and don’t forget to ask the folks behind the counter for their special hot sauces. They have little dishes of green & red hot sauce that go perfectly with the tacos – not too hot, but they would hurt a beginner. I’ve seen regulars eat entire jars of the red in single sittings – they take this stuff serious here!

I’ve also tried the Torta here but it was just so so – I’ve also had friends try the chicken plate, which is enormous, with good feedback.

El Ray Taqueria
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910 Shepherd.@ Washington Houston, TX 77007
Phone: 713 – 802 – 9145


Nick Lindauer

 
The Original Hot Sauce Blog


7 Comments


  1.  

    On another note – thanks everyone for the well wishes. Laura & I are going out to California one more time this weekend to be with family and say our goodbyes, and once we return things will settle back into a normal routine and the updates for the HSB will get back into the swing of things.




  2.  
    Anthony

    Those tacos were an incredible prelude of things to come for the weekend!

    Looking forward to getting back there soon!




  3.  

    LOL, I love the last pic. You are starring at those tacos like they are gold.




  4.  
    INCaneFan

    The one thing I miss about FL is the Cuban food. A mexican/cuban place sounds right up my alley.




  5.  
    weszeb

    HAY NICK…..IF THAT IS YOUR IDEA OF A SNACK…….LOVE TO SEE YOUR MAIN ENTREE…..LOL..LOL




  6.  

    Enjoy Cali Nick…I just returned from a trip there. Had a blast.




  7.  

    Give Laura my best Nick! If either of you need anything you know where to find me!!





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