Houston Bucket List -- 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die: Bring on the Guacamole

The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to Houston -- or items to which Houston provides a unique twist -- and everything on the list must be in or occur within 30 miles of downtown Houston (so, nothing from Galveston, for example). We welcome your suggestions in the comment section.

There are a million great things to eat in the city of Houston and as many places to eat them. This is probably why we are consistently ranked as one of the fattest cities in America...and one of the happiest. Trying to pick even a handful of restaurants for this list was a challenge. Several different dining experiences will make the 100, but only one signature restaurant will make the top ten and that one is at the top of our seventh installment of the Houston Bucket List.

Enjoy some Tex-Mex at the Original Ninfa's on Navigation.

If Houstonians were to vote on the official cuisine of Houston, my money is on Tex-Mex. As I told a friend a few years ago, it seems there is a taqueria opening every week on virtually every block. I'm fairly certain there is a grand opening for a new one in my bathroom this weekend. And, yes, there are a TON of worthy choices for where to spend your hard-earned cash on fajitas, queso, guacamole and margaritas (never forget the margaritas), but none can match the experience and the food of the Original Ninfa's on Navigation.

In 2010, former Houston Press food critic, author and, now, part Tex-Mex restaurant owner himself, ranked Ninfa's fajitas #2 on his list of favorite dishes in Houston, which makes sense given the fact that this is the place that made fajitas famous. Despite a poorly-conceived franchise venture that has left a handful of "Ninfa's" restaurants open in Texas and Louisiana, the original on Navigation is the only one worth visiting and the best place in town to get truly authentic Tex-Mex...the un-official food of Houston.

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Missed opportunity to use one of my favorite words.....brackish.

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@Motherscratcher Love the word brackish too. My dad used to say it all the time when we would go fishing places like that. I thought I'd go simple for this. :)

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