El Tiempo coming back to Katy

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I saw on a Facebook Katy restaurant group that El Tiempo has posted an Alcoholic Beverage Application notice on a vacant spot that's been a bunch of restaurants previously in the Conn's strip center at the SW intersection of Fry and I-10. Hopefully they can keep this one from burning down.
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Well, they are certainly good at picking rough locations.
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Yea that location sucks....
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Gotta be a front for child sex trafficking. Just has to be.
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While that spot sucks, their last Katy spot was on Kingsland behind a dying Kroger and the old Alamo Drafthouse so it's not like they could have done much worse. At least this time there is some I-10 visibility if they get a big sign.
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Nothing screams $150 dollar fajita dinner demographic like a shopping center with Conns as the anchor.
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FtBendTxAg said:

Nothing screams $150 dollar fajita dinner demographic like a shopping center with Conns as the anchor.


Yay! Very expensive mediocre fajitas!!
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When I think about Katy the image I see is white familys waiting an hour for average mexican food and wives telling everyone on Facebook how great the margaritas are. Maybe a couple kids running around roughshod before the table is ready and every parking space is a tahoe or white f150 doublecab.
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Mmm Italian Tex-mex
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Milwaukees Best Light said:

When I think about Katy the image I see is white familys waiting an hour for average mexican food and wives telling everyone on Facebook how great the margaritas are. Maybe a couple kids running around roughshod before the table is ready and every parking space is a tahoe or white f150 doublecab.


Nicely done! Don't forget they are all ordering fajitas for 2 for $50!
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Even el tiempo isn't good enough for you snobs?
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I don't care what anyone says, the pork fajitas are money.
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The Texas Mesquite Grill location?


That is not a hideous location, but an interesting one for El Tiempo. I am not sure I would say it has been a bunch of things. It was Mesquite Grill for a very long time. I am not sure why they left/gave it up, but they seemingly did as well as any of their other locations. They may not have done the lunch crowd they needed to do.
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If El Tiempo is mediocre I want to know what's above average. Yes, they're pricey but the Wednesday special is a good deal.
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drumboy said:

If El Tiempo is mediocre I want to know what's above average. Yes, they're pricey but the Wednesday special is a good deal.


me too.
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Very average tex mex for premium pricing. It isn't terrible food. But it might be the worst value in town.
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RenoAg said:

Very average tex mex for premium pricing. It isn't terrible food. But it might be the worst value in town.

Candente is better and Pappasitos is comparable in my book. I like Lupes too but half the places around me charge close to the same for much worse.

Edit: dammit I'm not debating this again.
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phideaux_2003 said:

FtBendTxAg said:

Nothing screams $150 dollar fajita dinner demographic like a shopping center with Conns as the anchor.


Yay! Very expensive mediocre fajitas!!


You got the expensive part right. But they certainly are not mediocre, nice try.
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Milwaukees Best Light said:

When I think about Katy the image I see is white familys waiting an hour for average mexican food and wives telling everyone on Facebook how great the margaritas are. Maybe a couple kids running around roughshod before the table is ready and every parking space is a tahoe or white f150 doublecab.


You definitely nailed the Cinco Ranch Lupe Tortilla
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el jarrito is the king of katy tex mex
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IDaggie06 said:

phideaux_2003 said:

FtBendTxAg said:

Nothing screams $150 dollar fajita dinner demographic like a shopping center with Conns as the anchor.


Yay! Very expensive mediocre fajitas!!


You got the expensive part right. But they certainly are not mediocre, nice try.

Uh oh... is there about to be an e-Tex Mex throw down? Who does the best meat, cheese, rice and beans cooked with lard?
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I don't spend time in any Katy backyards because they are devoid of shade usually being crammed together on a former prairie. Who here should be claiming the title of best Katy fajita backyard grilled?
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drumboy said:

If El Tiempo is mediocre I want to know what's above average. Yes, they're pricey but the Wednesday special is a good deal.


Not familiar enough with them to know what the Wednesday special is but I'll answer your question...

Cost not withstanding, Pappasitos is the bar, Teotihuacan is spectacular, and Tony's come to mind as better food and honestly weighing value/cost into the equation I'd just as soon go to Pretty much any hole in the wall taqueria before I pay their prices again.

The fajitas I had at our local location were pathetic and I know that's not the usual state of things. Maybe the Kingwood location just isn't up to par yet but the Gessner location was poor as well.

I've not had good experiences near any time I've been AND ordered fajitas. Their enchiladas and other texmex are adequate but still over priced.

Also, and I'll just say it... crappy tortillas.
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Why are some el tiempo locations so different? I used to work near the vintage park location and the food was completely different. I mean the rice had pasta and sausage in it.
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Teotehuahan (sp?) is spectacular
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Cazadores or GTFO
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RK said:

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Teotehuahan (sp?) is spectacular



Say what you want, the food is awesome.

And not over priced.

https://yelp.to/6LcZ95hknfb

Spelling corrected in original post.
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Can't we just agree that TexMex in general is pretty mediocre at best?
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htxag09 said:

Why are some el tiempo locations so different? I used to work near the vintage park location and the food was completely different. I mean the rice had pasta and sausage in it.


Franchise vs Laurenzo family owned.
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Pro tip: Costco sells $100 el tiempo gift cards for $75
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phideaux_2003 said:

drumboy said:

If El Tiempo is mediocre I want to know what's above average. Yes, they're pricey but the Wednesday special is a good deal.


Not familiar enough with them to know what the Wednesday special is but I'll answer your question...

Cost not withstanding, Pappasitos is the bar, Teotihuacan is spectacular, and Tony's come to mind as better food and honestly weighing value/cost into the equation I'd just as soon go to Pretty much any hole in the wall taqueria before I pay their prices again.

The fajitas I had at our local location were pathetic and I know that's not the usual state of things. Maybe the Kingwood location just isn't up to par yet but the Gessner location was poor as well.

I've not had good experiences near any time I've been AND ordered fajitas. Their enchiladas and other texmex are adequate but still over priced.

Also, and I'll just say it... crappy tortillas.


$32 for fajitas for 2 and queso is the Wednesday special

At this point I'll agree Pappasitos is as good as ET for fajitas but I like ETs margaritas much more and I think Pappasitos raised the house to over $10.

Teos was my go to spot until they raised the prices to almost ET level a few years back. Gonna try again on HH day soon.

We've been going to Tony's almost weekly but they killed their HH and free kids meals on Monday so it's a $100 meal for us. That's why Teos is getting another shot.

Chavez on Gessner is good.
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phideaux_2003 said:

drumboy said:

If El Tiempo is mediocre I want to know what's above average. Yes, they're pricey but the Wednesday special is a good deal.


Not familiar enough with them to know what the Wednesday special is but I'll answer your question...

Cost not withstanding, Pappasitos is the bar, Teotihuacan is spectacular, and Tony's come to mind as better food and honestly weighing value/cost into the equation I'd just as soon go to Pretty much any hole in the wall taqueria before I pay their prices again.

The fajitas I had at our local location were pathetic and I know that's not the usual state of things. Maybe the Kingwood location just isn't up to par yet but the Gessner location was poor as well.

I've not had good experiences near any time I've been AND ordered fajitas. Their enchiladas and other texmex are adequate but still over priced.

Also, and I'll just say it... crappy tortillas.


teotihuacan is an par with los cucos. if you think that's spectacular you probably think outback steakhouse is on par with pappas brothers.
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best Mexican food is made in my backyard.
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RK said:

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Teotehuahan (sp?) is spectacular

Teo is garbage nothing but white people in there thats how you know.
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drumboy said:

phideaux_2003 said:

drumboy said:

If El Tiempo is mediocre I want to know what's above average. Yes, they're pricey but the Wednesday special is a good deal.


Not familiar enough with them to know what the Wednesday special is but I'll answer your question...

Cost not withstanding, Pappasitos is the bar, Teotihuacan is spectacular, and Tony's come to mind as better food and honestly weighing value/cost into the equation I'd just as soon go to Pretty much any hole in the wall taqueria before I pay their prices again.

The fajitas I had at our local location were pathetic and I know that's not the usual state of things. Maybe the Kingwood location just isn't up to par yet but the Gessner location was poor as well.

I've not had good experiences near any time I've been AND ordered fajitas. Their enchiladas and other texmex are adequate but still over priced.

Also, and I'll just say it... crappy tortillas.


$32 for fajitas for 2 and queso is the Wednesday special

At this point I'll agree Pappasitos is as good as ET for fajitas but I like ETs margaritas much more and I think Pappasitos raised the house to over $10.

Teos was my go to spot until they raised the prices to almost ET level a few years back. Gonna try again on HH day soon.

We've been going to Tony's almost weekly but they killed their HH and free kids meals on Monday so it's a $100 meal for us. That's why Teos is getting another shot.

Chavez on Gessner is good.

Chavez on Gessner is absolutely awesome. Great price and great food. Just enough fear of being mugged to make it authentic.
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