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The fajita can trace its roots back to Mexican vaqueros (cowboys) in South and West Texas who were paid in part with the less desirable parts of the butchered cattle. From those practices come some of our region’s most delicious and iconic dishes including barbacoa de cabeza, menudo, and the fajita made from skirt meat cut from beneath the heart and lungs of the cow.
Over time, the identity of traditional fajitas has been somewhat blurred by the additions of chicken, shrimp, and vegetables but their simple seasonings and smoky flavoring make them one of the most loved tex-mex dishes. Here are a few League City options for sit down or takeout fajita meals.
A favorite of many League City locals, including this writer, is Estaban’s Café and Cantina, opened in 1988 by owner Steve Pratt. The Chon’s Spicy Fajitas (you can get them in either beef or chicken) made with Chile de Arbols and a special blend of spices provides a sharp kick that pairs well with an icy frozen margarita. If you’re looking for something a little milder, try the traditional or low-carb fajita plates. The low-carb option is served with mixed veggies with no tortillas, beans, or rice.
Another League City favorite is La Brisa Mexican Bar & Grill, which currently has two locations that serve both sides of League City, despite its original store being just over the city limits in Bacliff. When it comes to good food, the stomach doesn’t know where the city limit lines are. One of our favorite, must try dishes is the Ixtapa fajitas served with classic beef/and or chicken fajitas, shrimp brochette, and a chicken stuffed avocado with an awesome cilantro sauce.
For a little more ambiance on a date night, make your way over to Abuelo’s in the Pinnacle Park development. Sharing the Fajita Trio platter featuring traditional chicken and steak with added Yucatan barbeque shrimp is the perfect complement to an evening of conversation and cocktails.
If you’re looking for a taste of old Mexico, then try La India Bonita. It’s menu stays true to traditional Mexican roots with beef or chicken fajita platters as well as tacos and tortas filled with the deliciously seasoned skirt steak. Oh, and by the way, you will want to bring cash because they don’t accept credit and debit cards, but they do have an ATM, that sometimes works, on site.
One of the newer additions to the list, Luna’s League City, is hidden away along South Shore Boulevard Parkway in the Kroger shopping center. A little more than a year old, Luna’s League City has sister restaurants in Baytown, Friendswood, and Texas City. For a good size platter of food that features options of beef and chicken fajitas, try the Grilled Sizzler platter for one or two.
What started as a Senor Sombreros on the east side of town has now grown and transformed in two Mr. Sombrero’s restaurants serving both the east and west sides of League City. Try starting your day with a fajita omelet or huevos con fajita, or stop in for lunch for the fajita poblana plate. Either way you won’t be disappointed.
For families with young children, Jimmy Changas has a good selection of fajita entrees including the Machete or Chicken Fajita salad and it has a covered playground for the kids. If you’re bringing the entire family, check out the large family platter that includes, shrimp, chicken diablo, ribs, beef and chicken fajitas.
Then there are times you’re just in need of a quick fajita fix. Taco Cabana’s Steak Fajita Tacos either plain, with grilled onions and peppers, or with queso and roasted jalapenos are a good option for a late evening snack.
As League City continues to grow, so do the culinary offerings. Coming mid- to late-Fall, Fajita Pete’s will bring their new fajita concept to the newly renovated business center at the five corners intersection across from Clear Creek High School. The catering/take-out fajita concept boasts a small retail footprint so that a majority of their kitchen space can be dedicated to focusing on catering and home or office delivery. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for grand opening announcements.