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A Tex-Mex birthplace? National food TV show falls in love with a Houston institution

A Tex-Mex birthplace? National food TV show falls in love with a Houston institution

Molina's Filming, Couple, June 2012
The Chew's Evette Rios (right) talks with some Molina's customers. Photo by Karen Burd
Molina's Filming, Close Up, June 2012
Evette Rios tastes a dish alonside third-generation owner Ricardo Molina. Photo by Karen Burd
Molina's Filming, Broad Shot, June 2012
Photo by Karen Burd
Molina's Filming, Couple, June 2012
Molina's Filming, Close Up, June 2012
Molina's Filming, Broad Shot, June 2012

It was a typical busy lunch crowd at Molina's on Washington, except that one table was surrounded by cameras, lights and a boom microphone.

ABC's The Chew correspondent Evette Rios joined Ricardo Molina, tasting the restaurant's famous Enchiladas de Tejas as well as tortilla soup and a couple other faves. (Correspondent Jason Roberts was scheduled to arrive at the restaurant later in the afternoon, but Rios may have taken his place.)

 Rios described Molina's on Foursquare as "One of the birthplaces of Tex-Mex!" 

 Rios described Molina's on Foursquare as "One of the birthplaces of Tex-Mex!"

In addition to interviewing Ricardo Molina and his father, Raul Molina Jr., Rios talked to some of the staff who have worked at the restaurant for decades as well as some customers. One married couple eating lunch said that their first date was at Molina's.

Check out CultureMap's pictures of the scene as the national food chat show made its first visit to Houston.