Is there any limit to Houstonians' hunger for Tex-Mex?
This year has already seen two intriguing newcomers with their own take on the city's favorite cuisine in the former of the revitalized The El Cantina Superior from F.E.E.D TX (Liberty Kitchen, BRC) and upscale Anejo from Lasco Enterprises (Max's Wine Dive, The Tasting Room). Two more businesses will see if it can cram another enchilada or two in beginning next week.
El Tiempo's new Montrose location in the former La Strada/La Casa del Caballo space will open April 20. Since the deal to turn El Tiempo's current location on Montrose into apartments fell through, both Montrose locations, which are only a mile from each other, will remain open. With the original Montrose location is known as the 1308 Cantina, the new location will be called the 1308 Annex.
In addition, Ula's Mexican Restaurant revealed on Facebook that its location in the former Coppa Ristorante space on Washington will also open April 20. The first Ula's in Missouri City has found success, but it's an open question as to whether it can make the jump to Washington's competitive restaurant scene.
One point of differentiation is lower prices. Ula's would have landed in the bottom half of CultureMap's recent fajitas price index at $34.95 per pound. El Tiempo clocks in at a hefty $38.99 without guacamole — not that those prices have ever slowed down the crowds who line up at the restaurant's locations across the city.