Monday, May 25, 2009

Teala's Mexican Restaurant

So lets start today talking about Teala's on W. Dallas. I love Teala's. Their margaritas are delicious, and there is nothing better than soaking up the air of one of the country's most polluted cities, while sitting outside on the patio during happy hour. Not that this is Teala's fault. It would happen pretty much anywhere you go in Houston. The only drawback to Al Fresco dining at Teala's is if you get really close to the edge of the deck, you could literally hop into a passing car. Makes it kinda noises and exhausty, but if you go after 6, not a problemo.

The food is worth it in my opinon. They do a "subtle fusion" of Thai and Mexican food based on the experiences of the owners' love for the food in the Yucatan. And, what a brilliant idea that is! The owners of Teala's (also owners of Thai Spice) have taken the traditional Tex-Mex and put a different, and quite tasty spin on it. Unlike the typical chips and salsa given at Houston Tex-Mex restaurants, you will be instantly served with chips, a pico de gallo salsa and a black bean dip salsa. So good! They have a pretty good menu selection with appetizers, specialties from the chef and on the back, good 'ole Tex-Mex combination plates.

Fortunately for me, Connor, our waiter, knew all about Celiac disease and was able to work with me, the chef and my "special needs". I ended up being incredibly pleased and surprised vs leaving annoyed and hating the world, like I had fully expected to. Connor and the chef whipped up a most delicious batch of chicken fajitas (new chicken, not in the marinate because it contains soy sauce), corn tortillas and gave me lovely sides such as pico, cheese and gluten-free sour cream. I couldn't have been happier. That may not sound like a big deal to you, but to someone who is used to ordering the biggest bowl of queso available along with a cheese enchilada combo plate, and is now being reduced to eating "brown rice bread", this was HUGE. I left their smiling so big.

My date had some fantastic looking Chicken Enchiladas Verdes. His frozen margarita was beautiful, and tasty (per him) with the perfect mixture of sweet and alcohol. I had a glass of white wine that complimented my meal nicely.

Teala's would be a great spot for a night out after a long day of work, a casual date, or get together with friends. The patio is quite the hot spot so try to get their during odd hours if you want to ensure your seat outside. Otherwise you will be eating inside and that is BORING.

Go to Teala's today and eat some food for me.

***All images courtesy of Teala's website***

Teala's Mexican Restaurant3210 W Dallas St
Houston TX
Tel: (713) 520-9292
Hours of Operation:Mon-Thu: 11:00am-10:00pm
Fri: 11:00am-11:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm-11:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm-10:00pm


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