Sometimes you just crave a steak. In Houston, where eating out is practically city law, getting a good steak isn’t hard. With the recent addition of La Casa del Caballo (opened in 2013), the city has another choice for a great steak.
La Casa del Caballo is the creation of Carlos Abedrop, who owns a popular steak restaurant in Saltillo, Mexico (where he perfected many of his recipes). The restaurant is in lower Westheimer. From the outside the building doesn’t look that impressive, but the inside is rich in colors in texture. From the wooden tables and plush seats to the strategic lighting and wrought-iron railings, the excellent dining experience begins before your first bite. And I’d like to take a moment to say that the service was great.
This is not your typical Mexican restaurant. Instead of chips and salsa, a plate of prosciutto, cheese and olives is delivered to each table to start the meal. The menu includes some Tex-Mex and Mexican food mainstays, including enchiladas, tacos and tortas, but their specialty is the meat. I didn’t try the enchiladas, seafood or chicken dishes on the menu; I went straight for the Centercut Tenderloin, which followed a good Queso Fundido and was closed out with the Caribbean Dark Rum Cake. The steak is served with vegetables, potatoes and tortillas. (Did I mention that it’s not typical?) The only thing that didn’t wow us was the flourless pecan cake my friend ordered. It was okay, but not something we actually enjoyed. And when we sent it back they were gracious and accommodating.
I want to go back and try either the USDA Prime Top Sirloin or the Tapa de Lomo. The USDA Prime Top Sirloin is 3 lbs (estimated at serving 4 people) and requires 40 minutes to cook. The Tapa de Lomo is 4lbs, an entire top cap portion of the whole ribeye, hand trimmed and grilled, and also takes 40 minutes. I want to see what these look like on the table; more importantly, I want to taste them. If the food I have had there is any indication, I expect to be very happy. (And I’ll share more photos.)
La Casa del Caballo is located at 322 Westheimer, Houston TX 77006, 832-623-6467.
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