I had been eyeing this place since I moved here in December. It’s walking distance from my place in The Heights so it was only a matter of time before I darkened its door.
We were hungry one evening on our way home and I decided that tonight would be the night we checked out Andy’s finally. Dana had been here many times in the past and talked about how they used to bring touring bands here because it was cheap and is or used to be opened 24 hours.
The first thing you notice is the “no frills” dining room. Cheap wood paneling, and painfully 70’s era decor. The place opened in 1977 and I’m fairly certain that it looks exactly the same in 2012 that it did the day it opened in 1977. Apparently they knew how cool and “ironic” the decor would be in 35 years so they never bothered to update it. Smart.
After sitting down I immediately noticed that there was no alcohol on the menu. Argh! That’s usually a deal breaker for me but since it was late and we were just down the street from home and we were starving we stayed put.
This is by no means a “fancy” joint… and I’m more than fine with that… To me its all about the food.
Our waitress arrived at our table in a decidedly less enthusiastic way than you might expect your waitress to arrive at your table at TGI McCrapplebees… Which, again, I’m more than fine with. It’s all about the food man.
I ordered some sort of combo plate with a tostada, beef taco and cheese enchilada. Dana ordered caldo de rez. I also ordered a steak soft taco on the side.
After people watching and trying to zone out some weird conversation between two guys talking about some sort of religious cult, our food arrived.
My food looked like most plates of food at any Mexican restaurant. I first tried the steak taco that I ordered on the side. Damn… it was really fucking good… As was the tostada, enchilada, and taco… I didn’t order anything out of the ordinary so the food was as good as I expected it would be. I mean… If a Mexican joint cant make these things they are in serious trouble.
What I found extremely good was the caldo de rez that Dana ordered. Amazing broth with potatoes, cabbage and beef amongst other things.. served with hand made tortillas and Spanish rice. This was some good stuff.. and worth coming back for.
If this place served beer I’d certainly go back more often. It is quite decent food… perhaps not the best in the world.. but it is good and is prepared and served lovingly in a humble setting and is not trying to be fancy with gimmicky decor or a goofy theme. It is very much like an old Mexican diner… If there is such a thing.
The prices are quite cheap. I think we both ate for around $16
Check on the 24 hour thing. Great neighborhood dive.. would be better with booze. Worth going in for the caldo de rez.
1115 E 11th St
Houston, TX 77009