34. The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation
Is there a restaurant more beloved in this city than the original Ninfa’s? I think not. The rambling rooms where Ninfa Laurenzo first introduced a grateful city to fajitas in the 1970s have been spiffed up and expanded under the current ownership (it’s not part of the chain), and blue-chip chef Alex Padilla has been polishing up the menu. But the old, cozy feel and the reliable food remain intact, for the most part. This is still the place to go for a classic fajitas-and-margarita feed, washed in racket and the general bonhomie the place inspires. Packing away thin, crackly tortilla chips with Ninfa’s definative red and green table salsas, a margarita at hand, remains a Houston sacrament. But now there’s also a weekend Mexican brunch menu and a comfortable outdoor bar where the stupendous fajitaburger — a 21st century classic — can be had, along with upscaled margaritas shaken with your choice of serious tequilas, sotol or mescal.
Entree price range: $$
Where: 2704 Navigation Blvd.