94. Alicia’s Mexican Grille
A far northwest-side staple for fine, smoky fajitas, the Cypress edition of David Herrera’s tiny local chain is so popular it has grown into big, new next-door quarters. Almost everything is done well here: red and green table salsas, mushroom enchiladas in ranchera cream, beautifully grilled shrimp in garlic butter to fold into house-made flour tortillas the size of dinner plates. Unlike most Tex-Mex places, the ambitious dishes are good bets — especially the Puntas Chimino, seared tenderloin tips in a vivid tumble of ham, bacon, mushrooms and hot green chile strips. A molcajete of lime-revved avocado relish turns the tips into eloquent roll-your-own-tacos.
Entree price range: $$
Where: 26326 Northwest Freeway in Cypress
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