Create-Your-Own Combo Plates at Lupe Tortilla

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I've driven by Lupe Tortilla many times while traveling under 59, but I've always been too worried about getting side-swiped by some jackass in an SUV to give the restaurant more than a passing glance. Thus far, I have relied on The Original Ninfa's for great Tex-Mex, Little Pappasito's for very good Tex-Mex and Ruchi's Taqueria when I'm drunk/unbelievably lazy.

Lupe ranks someplace in between Ninfa's and Pappasito's primarily because of the diverse options available for the Create-Your-Own Combo plate. For just under $12, you can pick any two, three or four of the following: enchiladas, tostadas, puffy tacos, burritos, flautas, tamales, chili con queso, and chalupas. All Plates come with rice and soupy but delicious refried beans.

My most recent combination: one chicken burrito, one beef soft taco, one puffy taco with grilled mahi-mahi. I got the last item through the good graces of the kitchen, as the menu only specified beef or chicken as the fillings for the Combo puffy tacos.

I'm most grateful to the flexibility of Lupe's cooks, as this last item was by far the best of the three. The fish was tender and dressed with a wonderful poblano cream sauce. I also liked that the puffy taco was just lightly fried, as nothing overwhelms grilled white fish like a tortilla shell dripping with grease.

Second place goes to the ground beef soft taco: the beef mediocre in flavor (should have gotten the fajita), but ample amounts of fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese spruced up the overall taste. The chicken burrito comes in last only because it was passable not outstanding. I still enjoyed its (over)stuffing of white meat chicken, spicy beans and thick, melted cheddar, tomatoes and sour cream.

If you suffer from perpetual indecision like me, the restaurant combination platter is a good solution. It can also save you from death by strangling after you ask your husband for the tenth time, "So, seriously though...should I get tacos or a burrito?"



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Roo
Roo

when ever i go to this place i need to wait for everything. wait for a table, wait for a waiter, wait to get a margarita while i wait out in the hot humid summer on a deck where i see roaches crawling, children running, and my anger rising as try and order a second drink to send down to my stomach to inquire about the alcohol content of the first one and if it will be on break much longer.

Texasgirl129
Texasgirl129

I saw Jim Parson (the skinny guy from the Big Bang Theory) at Lupe's on 45 & Richey (I believe he's from the Spring area). Anyways...I thought it was awesome. Almost as awesome as their guacamole. Yum.

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

Lupe Tortilla is to mexican food, as Boudreaux's is to cajun food. That is to say, crap. If I wanted kitschy themes, and screaming rug-rats, I'd go spend a week at Disney World...

Nate
Nate

I know the commentators will take offense to you visiting Lupe's, but I really love the place. Great chips/salsa/queso. And really well done fajitas and chicken dishes. Soft chicken tacos, best flour tortillas in town. The location on Shepherd omits the kid sandbox, so can avoid the screaming kids and lackadaisical parents.

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

My wife, who is one of those truly dedicated physicians, was having to make an emergency hospital round and was running late to our get together. She showed up at our Lupe Tortilla gathering after our table's entrees had arrived and we about a quarter way into them. They refused to accept a food order from her, justifying it by saying that there was a waiting list for our table. None of those in our party ever went back to Lupe Tortilla. But in hindsight, I guess they were right. If they had seated her and served her, that would have delayed having the table available for someone else for almost 30 minutes.

Bruce R
Bruce R

Lupe's is high end Tex-Mex. I prefer something a bit more rustic but if you want homemade flour tortillas, lean meats, a clean restaurant, etc., then Lupe's is pretty good. If you hate kids--as you do--then take your bitter self elsewhere.

Nate
Nate

Wow, what a bad decision by Lupe's management. Penny wise, pound foolish. I will say that it seems to me that Lupe's managment changed (def improved) 3 or so years ago. Before then, the service was TERRIBLE, and they played that as one of the charms of the restaurant. Nowadays, you get some guys in exec chef jackets wandering through the dining room, seemingly checking on every table once a meal...

Crusoe
Crusoe

I'll second that. Less brooding, grumpy, childless wannabe-bohemians means quicker service for me and my 'rug-rat.' And remember folks, always spay or neuter your cynics today (it's for the children).

Laurie
Laurie

I heard there was a change in ownership after the couple that owned it divorced. I have eaten at the Hwy 6/I-10 location and it was memorable most for the screaming children. I prefer my Mexican either more hole in the wall or more adult focused.

Crusoe
Crusoe

Do you people eat your puffy tacos while sitting in the middle of the sandbox? There are usually tons of kids, sure. But where is the endless wall of screaming brats everyone complains about?

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