La Casa del Caballo, a Norteño steakhouse at its best

Food & Drink, General, H-town

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.

 

Prosciutto, cheese and olives to start your meal.
Prosciutto, cheese and olives to start your meal.
Four types of salsa for dipping and to taste. They start from very mild to "oh boy!"
Four types of salsa for dipping and to taste. They start from very mild to “oh boy!”
The Queso Fundido has has chunks of onion and peppers.
The Queso Fundido has chunks of onion and peppers.
The photo doesn't do justice to the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness of this steak.
The photo doesn’t do justice to the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness of this steak.
The Flourless Pecan Cake is served with Atole de Arroz.
The Flourless Pecan Cake is served with Atole de Arroz.
Did I mention that the Caribbean Dark Rum Cake is  decadent?
Did I mention that the Caribbean Dark Rum Cake is decadent?
Carlos Abedrop, owner of La Casa del Caballo.
Carlos Abedrop, owner of La Casa del Caballo.

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One thought on “La Casa del Caballo, a Norteño steakhouse at its best

  • Hello people la CASA DEL CABALLO, I went here for lunch with co workers and many time with my family and friends for dinner, I like it especially the valet service, they provided excellence service, they great, open cars doors, smiles and open the restaurant doors too. those guys provide execellent service for guests event you don’t tips they smile and bring your car safetyly open the doors and say good bye.
    one time I been here and I saw the owner argured with one of them and I didn’t really appreciate that, the owner treated him as animal, it was unhuman act. People have to know any body providing a valet service isn’t bad person…also we met one guy worked by himself on dinner time, nice looking guy, brown skin ,always smiling and ruinning to park cars and pick up cars it was amazing to see that kind of professionnalisme, he has talent and very respectfull man. my advice is that to the restaurant management is to take good care of valet becauz they represent the restaurant outside of the restaurant, if they are not doing good nobody wont stop by.

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