Los Gallitos’ parking lot is usually well populated during the lunch and dinner hours, a testament to the fact that Los Gallitos serves well prepared Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes in a comfortable environment for fair prices. It certainly gives the impression of a place working hard to please: service is generally attentive; orders arrive quickly from the kitchen; and about all of the local Tex-Mex and Mexican favorites appear on their large menu, and then some; and are prepared better than at most.
To start there are several types of nachos, several queso fundidos (melted cheese), chile con queso, ceviche, shrimp cocktail, quesadillas, soups, and stuffed jalapefios. For entrées, there are salads, nearly a dozen types of enchiladas, chalupas, grilled platters (with pork ribs, beef short ribs, shrimp and fajitas), fajitas in several other guises, Tex-Mex combination dinners (“Mixed Plates” here), stuffed avocados, burritos, nearly ten dishes featuring chicken breasts, flautas, tacos, carnitas, chile rellenos, and seafood plates.
The fajitas and seafood dishes are fairly highly regarded here. Jumbo shrimp, and the red snapper fillets are prepared in several ways. Two of the better ones are the Shrimp Poblano (shrimp sautéed in a cream sauce with poblano pepper, onions, mushrooms, cilantro and Parmesan cheese), and bacon-wrapped shrimp that is grilled and served with a lemon- butter sauce. The excellent came guisada consists of juicy stewed beef tips served with bell pepper, red onions, wedges of tomatoes, and slices of fresh jalapefios served in a small casserole dish. The beef for this seems to be grilled or sauteed prior to stewing, and the sauce hints of wine. The enchiladas are enjoyable, though the ones filled with chicken might be slightly watery, since the chicken might not be fully drained after cooking, prior to assembly. But most everything is good here, if not great, and with good-sized portions, a fine value. The salsa could be more interesting, and some dishes could stand some improvements. Los Gallitos might not be one of the best Mexican restaurants in the area, but it’s one that is well worth a stop when on the southwest side.
12030 Wilcrest (south of the Southwest Freeway), Houston, Texas 77031, (281) 988-9705
3385 Highway 6 Sugar Land, Texas 77478, (281) 313-1401
Copyright Mike Riccetti. Adapted from Houston Dining on the Cheap, and used with permission.
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