La Tapatia

Since 1989, the Torres family has been serving up great Tex-Mex food at reasonable prices. The newest addition to the La Tapatia family is no exception. Located at 14025 Westheimer Road, Tapatia #8 features the menu that has become a Houston Tex-Mex tradition. From $3.85 burritos, to the $9.95 Camaron (shrimp) dishs, Tapatia serves up some very tasty (and inexpensive) food. Tapatia #8 is open the standard chain hours: from 8:00am – 3:00am Sunday through Thursday, and 8:00am – 5:00am Friday and Saturday.

Contrary to the resteraunt’s website, Tapatia #8 does have a happy hour. If you love margaritas, on Wedensdays, Tapatia #8 offers $2.95 margaritas from 11am until 11pm. Combine that with a burrito (or two), and some Pastel de Tres Leches, and you’ve got yourself a great dinner.

Some of the menu items I’ve tried are (those designated with (d) are dinners, including mexican rice, beans, and/or guacamole):
Camaron (shrimp) Burrito: $5.95 – Good. The shrimp are a bit salty, lending an interesting twist to the experience (also availible as dinner).
Pastor (marinated pork) Burrito: $3.85 – Inexpensive, filling, and good (also availible as dinner).
Flautas de Pollo (Chicken Flautas): $6.55(d) – The Flautas de Pollo are excellent, though I usually order mine made with flour tortillas (as opposed to corn). The ranchera chicken filling is wonderful.
Parrillada Tapatia (for two) $24.95(d) – Combining Shrimp, Chicken and Beef Fajitas, Quail and Mexican Sausage, this dinner for two brings together the ultimate fajita experience. While the quail is farm-raised (doesn’t quite have the “wild” taste of free-range quail), it is still quite good. The sausage is excellent, and true to form the fajitas are wonderful.
Fajita a la Mexicana: $9.95(d): Chicken or beef fajitas, cooked in a spicy Mexicana sauce, served with rice, beans, pico de gallo, and guacamole.
Pastel de Tres Leches: $3.95: The Tres Leches comes with a story. When I first tried the Tres Leches, I didn’t know what it was. Lacking the words to accurately describe it to me in English, my waitress explained it as “like cake, only better.” I decided to give it a try, and was presented with a large square of cake with a creamy (almost cream-cheese looking) frosting on top, soaked in an almost syrupy milk. Everyone I introduce to this desert treat has the same response… “Wow, it really is better than cake!”

If you ever find yourself on the west side of town, near Highway 6 and Westheimer, drop in and give Tapatia #8 a try. Tapatia #8 is in the old Marco’s/Blue Macaw location, in the same shopping center as Big Daddy’s Bar-B-Que, Monsoon Indiana Cuisine, and Cheers 2 U. Enjoy!

5 Comments so far

  1. katya (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2005 @ 9:51 am

    I. am. so. hungry. Must eat tres leches. Ahora!!!!


  2. Katie (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2005 @ 11:51 am

    Great post, I love La Tapatia!


  3. Laurie (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2005 @ 7:45 pm

    Mmm….. love tres leches. I luckily teach in a heavily hispanic area and I’ve had some incredible tres leches. This place sounds great. Thanks for the heads up.


  4. Christopher (unregistered) on May 24th, 2005 @ 8:05 pm

    La Tapatia is that place my exGirlfriend went to with her friends some eight-odd years ago when she was in high school – was served alcohol (under age) – had too much to drink – messed around with another guy – then tried to blame the cheating on being drunk.

    yeah, F.U. LA TAPATIA! she could have been the one (1).

    …but those monster burritos are delicious.


  5. aPRiL (unregistered) on May 28th, 2005 @ 5:22 pm

    my mom & i have weekly dinners that turned into happy hour wenzdys & TGIF’s… bwhahaha… thanx so much for giving my favourite fLautas & ritaz the props they deserve.

    lemme know iF you need a great thai place.

    i (“v”) houston.

    LOL



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