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Old 10-21-2010, 05:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Some 0f the best Tex-Mex anywhere can be had in San Antonio. San Antonio is famous for it. I looked at the menu and I don't even see any cheese enchilades, rice and beans. If I hadn't looked at the locations link I would have figured this franchise for a Cali-Mex chain. This type of thing might go over quite well with all of the transplants in the 281-Evans rd area but this Houston chain ain't got nothing on the San Antonio real thing. You can't get good Tex-Mex unless you get off of the loops. Well, you can still find it on Loop 13.
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NO Enchiladas on the menu?!?! That is blasphemy!

My husband saw this and said, "If they want cheese enchiladas they can look at the child's menu."

LOL!

I did go look at their menu. SnappyBob, I don't know what you were looking at, but they have cheese enchiladas, and with all their plates they offer rice and beans.

It is on the Combination plates page.

Lupe Tortilla ‘s Menu – Seafood, Grilled Fajita, Chicken Fajita, Mexican Rice & Beef (http://www.lupetortilla.com/menu.htm - broken link)

So there you go. Hope that helps. Unless you're pretty sure you've sworn it off before you've even tried it...
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:45 PM
 
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Thank you Mom2Feebs, you said everything I wanted to. I am from Houston born and raised, sorry I am a transplant because of hubby getting a job here. Everyone has different opinions on food and what someone loves another could hate. Just stop hatin' especially when you haven't even tried it yet. I have a friend that is a native San Antonian and went to Houston to go to law school. He moved back to San Antonio for a job and he says all the time that what he misses most about Houston is all the great restaurants. It's just a fact that Houston has some fantastic food. This is an opinion board, and my opinion is that I have yet to find a tex-mex restaurant that can rival Lupe Tortilla's. And yes Lupe's has some great enchiladas.
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:03 AM
 
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When were they open in San Antonio and for how long? I'm just curious, because I believe after Mama Ninfa died, her family sold franchise rights to the restaurant chain. The original is on Navigation and pretty much everyone in Texas knows how great that is. I'm sorry I wasn't more specific, and I'm also sorry you don't agree that Ninfa's ROCKS! Heck, she's the one who made fajitas a household name in this state.

P.S. The one in College Station and the one in Waco are still going strong, and apparently are rated very well, so I guess they're still doing something right. Go figure.

Not just any Tex-Mex restaurant | Fork and Cork | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation - Houston, TX - Citysearch

Ninfa's Mexican Restaurant - Waco | Urbanspoon

I don't remember when they closed the San Antonio location but I belive they were located near the riverwalk? It has been closed for some time now. Hopefully someone else here can fill in details.

When I lived in Waco, I ate at Ninfa's often and it is not good in my opinion. Perhaps you had better experience with Ninfa's.

Never ate at the Houston location. Perhaps that location is totally different in terms of quality of food since it is the original location.
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:34 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Sorry, but Ninfas was horrible and that's why they couldn't even stay open in San Antonio.

Even the one in Waco was bad.
OMG! You should be kicked outta Texas for blaspheming Mama Ninfa <facetious>! We can thank her (RIP) for launching fajitas in America. Ninfa's is an institution in Houston, think Bill Miller's or Taco Cabana but bigger and with better food. Shoot, they even have their own wikipedia page.

<tears> I miss them so much.

Ninfa´s | On Navigation desde 1973
Ninfa's - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I was never a big Lupe fan because they were more expensive and I thought their HUGE tortilla's were a schtick. With that said, I know many, many Houstonians who love Lupe and I'll definitely try it again. It's been hard to find quality fajitas here in SA (I know all the native SAers are offended).
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:36 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Pardon me, but I beg to differ. Houston has remarkable Tex-Mex. Ninfa's, Jaliscience, La Mexicana, Taquerias Arandas, Molina's, etc, etc etc...and while Lupe's may be a chain, it is local to Houston. Lupe's is family owned and operated and has been for many years. It is VERY good. I'm sure if you need them to throw some cheese in a corn tortilla for you and throw some chili gravy on top they would do it in a heartbeat...

I really don't get this pervasive "competition" thing around here. It's ALL GOOD FOOD! It's all a part of what makes Texas so great. It was only when I moved to San Antonio that I found there was even a hint of this little "inter-Texas" battle going on, with the loudest voices coming from right here on CD. So ridiculous.

You should really read Rob Walsh's book "Tex Mex Cookbook"--it has all sorts of stories and history, along with recipes from MANY amazing Tex-Mex restaurants across the state. Robb Walsh is the food editor of the Houston Press and is a terrific writer and foodie.

Amazon.com: The Tex-Mex Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos (9780767914888): Robb Walsh: Books
Houston has been homogenized for so long they probably forgot what Tex-Mex really is. The addition of this chain puts SA on the road to similar ruin. I might try this Lupe's place if they ever put one outside loopland but I doubt that there will be another location opened inside 1604.
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:57 AM
 
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OMG! You should be kicked outta Texas for blaspheming Mama Ninfa <facetious>! We can thank her (RIP) for launching fajitas in America. Ninfa's is an institution in Houston, think Bill Miller's or Taco Cabana but bigger and with better food. Shoot, they even have their own wikipedia page.
I am going to try out the original location next time I am in Houston. Perhaps this will change my opinion of Ninfas.
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:00 AM
 
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The Ninfa's that was here in SA, was located around the 11500 block of San Pedro. Ate there a couple of times, and wasn't impressed...especially for the price. I will give Lupe a chance.....I'll try anything once. Well, almost anything.
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:05 AM
 
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The Ninfa's that was here in SA, was located around the 11500 block of San Pedro. Ate there a couple of times, and wasn't impressed...especially for the price. I will give Lupe a chance.....I'll try anything once. Well, almost anything.
Yes, thank you. I couldn't remember. The location is now an adult video store.
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:14 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Yes, thank you. I couldn't remember. The location is now an adult video store.
There's a joke in there somewhere, but I don't wanna get kicked off the board
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:34 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Houston has been homogenized for so long they probably forgot what Tex-Mex really is. .

Wow. You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
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