Rope in Rodeo Food & Wine in Houston

We’re ropin’ in seriously good eats and wine this weekend in Houston. I’ve found a few spots that are great for celebrating Rodeo season and what it means to be a Texan!

Round up the gang for Alicia’s Mexican Grille in Houston, Cypress, Katy and Spring. You’re in for authentic Tex-Mex made with only the freshest, high-quality ingredients in a locally-loved spot your whole party will love. What I love about it is you can find both traditional Tex-Mex and contemporary plates from interior Mexico, like Alicia’s Molcajete (below). It includes grilled Panela cheese, fresh Gulf shrimp, both chicken and beef fajitas, and fresh avocados served in a sizzling hot molcajete. (A molcajete is a stone tool with a mortar and pestle you see in traditional Mexican cooking that you can use to grind or mix food).

For a little lighter fare, try Alicia’s Chicken, which is served on a bed of spinach, artichokes and with a white wine butter sauce.

For all my ‘beef-loving’ Texans, have I found the place for you! Rio Bravo in Fulshear is ‘the’ spot for juicy Texas-sized steaks! Everything is grilled over a mesquite wood fire. Their seafood is especially succulent, especially the Pepper Tuna I recently tried, served with an arugula salad with bits of grapefruit, avocado and Macadamia nuts (below).

Rio Bravo’s juicy, ginormous grilled pork chop is the stuff of legends! It’s served with smashed potatoes, green beans and a housemade jus.

A good meal deserves a rootin’ tootin’ good wine and some wines rise to the top of the herd! Check out these ‘Rodeo Gold Medal Winners’ the next time you’re at H-E-B. They have a special tag on them (above), so you’ll know what to look for.

My Wine Finds

The Calling Chardonnay
Seven Falls Cellars Rapids Red
Bootleg Red Blend

Special thanks to my friends at KPRC Channel 2 in Houston for helping me try these delicious dishes!

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