For 18 years Sylvia Casares, a.k.a. "The Enchilada Queen," has been dazzling Houston diners with her inventive takes on the enchilada, and recently she made the commitment to do so for another decade.
Casares signed a ten-year extension to her lease at the Woodway location of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, which is extremely reassuring to me for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to, the continued opportunity to consume her terrific "North" enchilada parilla whenever I want.
But as much as things will stay the same at Sylvia's, the menu will continue to evolve. Casares will continue to proffer new varieties of haute enchiladas (we're at 19 and counting), and most recently she introduced a new appetizer and margarita menu. Light and refreshing bar bites such as ceviche, picamole and my favorite, the sweet, spicy coctel de camarón, are on offer for an average of $6 during happy "hour," which is far more expansive at Sylvia's than the name might imply.