Ninfa's On TV
Fave TV food show returns with visit to iconic Houston Tex-Mex restaurant
Diners who stopped by The Original Ninfa's on Navigation on Sunday received a little bonus with their meal. In addition to the restaurant's iconic fajitas, margaritas, and queso, they also got to observe the revival of one of America's favorite food shows.
Man v. Food, the Travel Channel show that famously featured host Adam Richman participating in eating challenges all around the country, has been revived with a new host, actor and comedian Casey Webb. Cameras in tow, Webb spent 10 hours at Ninfa's on Sunday capturing footage for an upcoming episode.
"The taping (on Sunday) was all day affair. They started at 8 AM and finished up around 6 PM," general manager Keith Garver tells CultureMap in an email. "They had a crew of 10 people, all of whom were great."
During the taping, Webb whipped up shrimp diablo with executive chef Alex Padilla, made tortillas, and observed the preparation of the restaurant's signature fajitas "from the raw state to when thy hit the table," Garner writes.
While Ninfa's doesn't offering an eating challenge like Kenny and Ziggy's enormous Zellagabetsky sandwich or the Mega Mel burger at Mel's Country Cafe in Tomball, Webb did feast on a giant parilla platter of chicken and beef fajitas, carnitas, babyback ribs, and quail with all the usual sides and fixings. He even sat with some guests at the bar.
The new season of Man v. Food debuts in August. No word on a specific airdate for the Ninfa's episode, but it won't be long before the restaurant gets its time in the reality spotlight.