It is a much maligned cuisine. We're talking about Tex-Mex.
Many people feel it is a poor imitation of real Mexican food, but there's a new restaurant in town that is trying to change that concept.
El Real Tex-Mex Cafe is housed in the old Tower Theatre at Westheimer and Montrose.
While the restaurant is making new use out of an old building, inside it is trying to revive an old version of a newer cuisine.
Rob Walsh, one of the owners, is a former Houston Press food critic and the author of several Tex-Mex cookbooks.
Walsh sat down with food blogger Maya Fasthoff to talk about Tex-Mex food and why it deserves some respect.
Walsh says too many people think Tex-Mex food is a poor version of Mexican food.
In reality, it is an American regional cuisine, developed in Texas by Mexicans living in the state.
And when it is made the way it used to be a few decades ago, it is delicious and deserving of respect.
Walsh says one of the keys to making Tex-Mex right is fresh spices. At El Real they make their chile con carne with their own fresh, homemade chili powder.
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