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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What's Going On in H-Town?

First and foremost, I must mention the passing of a Houston radio icon, Mark Stevens of Stevens & Pruett.  He passed yesterday of Alzheimer's-related complications.  I best remember him as the voice of Uncle Waldo.  Pause for a second today in remembrance of a local radio legend, please.

Next up, Spanish Village.  This joint is old, kitchy and has been family operated and serving up some rockin' Tex-Mex food since the 1940's,  Last night, I tried the Special Enchiladas-a-la-Taylor for the first time, as did Meg.  Wow, an enchilada smothered in a special spicy sauce (plus Chile Con Carne) and then, blanketed in oozy melted American cheese.  Refried beans, rice and the "starter" guacamole salad and it's all yours for $11.50 (now) plus tax and grat. I've had the fried spring chicken about, well, most times I've been there.  The Sun Belt dinner is a great smattering of T-M (that's Tex-Mex) faves, the Chile Rellenos are the best in town and I'm resolved to now eat my way around their entire menu.  Everything on the menu is reasonably priced for what you get and I've never had a "bad" meal.  Truth be told, I kinda crave the place.  I met a couple of friends for dinner (the illustrious Christy and Meg) and had a wonderful dinner, ate entirely too much and had a couple of their frozen margaritas.  I surrendered to the plate with most of the beans and rice left, and my spidey senses alerted me to an upcoming food coma.  Our experience started with a small queso, with a dish of jalapenos on the side and chips.  I like this presentation, as everyone can control the heat to their taste.  On the next trip, I know that two of us are going to share the chicken and the enchiladas.  The margaritas look expensive at a glance, but, a $6.50 frozen that is made with lime juice and liquor and none of that "sweet and sour" junk is well worth the money!  If you have not had a meal here, you need to.  Yeah, it's not in a "trendy" part of town, and the ambiance is not "sleek and modern", it's Polariod and Christmas lights.  PLUS, there are no Ed Hardy-wearing seensters to contend with, either.  Plus, the food is spot on, trust me.  Be advised, you must order an entree to consume the booze, period, end of paragraph.  They are not open on Sunday or Monday, por favor, see hours below.

Spanish Village
4720 Almeda

Hours:  Tues - Thurs 11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
            Fri - Sat        11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Menu Here

Upcoming Music and General FUN tomorrow!  The final FREE Discovery Green Concert in the Fall Entertainment Series will bring Two Tons of Steel to the stage, and the normal St. Arnold beverages (double recycle points for six-pack containers!!).  Here's a link to the location and general visitation information.

Best quote this week (ish, I'm pulling it out of my grey matter):  "Tom Brady insulting Randy Moss hair is like Creed calling Nickelback lame".   Brady has insisted that the follicular fracas is faux.

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