The 5 Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Katy
2. El Norteño Pollos Asados
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg Half a delicious barbecued chicken for $7? Yes, please.
I stumbled upon El Norteño Pollos Asados looking for a different restaurant. When I arrived at the location Google Maps took me to, I didn't find a restaurant. I found a big, blue school bus with a painting of a chicken wearing cowboy boots on the back and the most amazing smells wafting out a vent in the top. At this humble food truck, you can order half a barbecued chicken, a cup of menudo, several tortillas and blindingly hot creamy green salsa for only $7. And this chicken is gooooood. The skin is still on, and the half of a small bird is chopped into manageable chunks after it's grilled over hot charcoal until the outside is slightly charred and the inside is smoky and juicy. The tacos al carbon showcase the same grilling method only with beef and onions stuffed into thin corn tortillas. There's another truck in Spring Branch if you live closer to there, and the same great food can be found at either. But note: The kind folks running both trucks only speak Spanish. It's easy enough to point at items on the menu, but if you want to order something special, you might have a hard time.
1. Super Pollo Rico Latin Grill & Bar
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg The cachapa llanera at Super Pollo Rico provides a little taste of everything.
This place is most like a traditional, sit down restaurant (you know, cause it's not in a gas station or a bus, and a waitress comes over and takes your order), but don't think that makes it boring. Super Pollo Rico specializes in Venezuelan and Colombian food but also offers Tex-Mex options such as a massive torta sandwich, super fresh guacamole and classic fajitas. The small eatery is known for its rotisserie chicken, which you can watch being prepared over a red-hot bed of coals in one corner of the restaurant. I'm partial to the cachapa llanera though--an "especialidad de la casa." It's crispy deep fried chunks of juicy pork with a bowl of black beans, fried plantains and a cachapa positively oozing with salty white queso a mano. The rotisserie chicken combos are big enough to feed a family, but make sure you order an extra side of the tangy green criolla salsa and some queso a mano. They're too good not to have with every meal at Super Pollo Rico.