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High-end Mexican steakhouse to open in Montrose after years of searching for right U.S. spot

steak, La Casa del Cabello, December 2012
Hungry? La Casa del Caballo in Saltillo, Mex., is known for it's fire-grilled slabs of meat. Photo by Steve Herbert/La Casa del Caballo/Facebook
steak, La Casa del Cabello, December 2012
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When I think of a steak from Mexico, the first thing that comes to mind is a tampiqueña, or a thin-cut skirt steak that's commonly served with an enchilada. But at La Casa del Caballo, a Saltillo, Mexico restaurant, the pictures and reviews show a different kind of Mexican steakhouse, one that specializes in, as one reviewer puts it, "big slabs of meat."

So it goes without saying that La Casa del Caballo should fit nicely into the Houston steak scene.

Owner Carlos Abedrop will be opening the second location of his popular steakhouse in Montrose in the former La Strada space that most recently (and regrettably) was home to Don Julio's.

 Casa del Caballo is scheduled to open in January or February of 2013, but Abedrop has been scouting a Houston location since 2009. 

Casa del Caballo is scheduled to open in January or February of 2013, but Abedrop has been scouting a Houston location since 2009. A press release says that Casa del Caballo will feature "fire-seared beef" and other meats on a wood-fired grill alongside traditional Northern Mexican dishes like enchiladas.

"“They will compete with any steakhouse that serves good meats such as the Brazilian and Argentinean steakhouses around town,” Chris Tripoli of food consulting firm A La Carte told the Houston Business Journal in 2009. “Their point of difference is that they are offering meat from a new country that hasn’t yet been showcased in the local restaurant market.

In taking a Mexican idea and transporting it to Houston, Abedrop is following the lead of restaurateur (and Mexican celebrity chef) Aquiles Chavez, who opened his first restaurant, La Fisheria, in Houston this spring.

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