Las Alamedas ~ Mexican Food in Beautiful Atmosphere
The original Las Alamedas on Voss Road near Interstate 10 in Houston was a crowd pleaser. It was a large stuccoed building fashioned as a Spanish styled hacienda. What made it even better was its location of 2.5 acres backing onto a ravine and bayou.
Floor to ceiling glass windows wrapping around the back and a bit of the side let the beauty of nature shine. While dining on authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine in air conditioned comfort, one could also enjoy the wooded setting just outside those massive windows.
The woods was left in a natural state.
Sitting in that back room with the dense growth of trees, vines and undergrowth one felt far removed from the busy interstate highway just a stones throw away.
Many a squirrel was seen frolicking as well as birds and butterflies adding a momentary bit of movement and color to the scenery.
During the happy hour towards the front of the almost 15,000 square foot restaurant a free generous buffet of gustatory delights was offered. One could easily make a meal of it and I am sure many people did just that while sipping on one’s choice of cocktails. The margaritas were a favorite of ours particularly in that gorgeous setting.
Sadly after 28 years in that wonderful location Las Alamedas closed their doors. From what I read a protracted court battle following the death of the owner of the property as well as a serious hike in rent caused the decision to cease operating there.
We always took out of town guests to Las Alamedes. The Sunday brunch buffets were fabulous! My husband and I along with family and friends have many memories of dining there and enjoying that spectacular ambiance. I am certain that many Houstonians have similar memories and were also saddened when that chapter came to a close.
It is nice to know however that Las Alamades “Since 1980” has relocated. Now in Katy, Texas due west of Houston in the gorgeous La Centerra at Cinco Ranch shopping center, the restaurant retains a Spanish style appearance in building style as well as decor.
Two outdoor patios on either side of the central entrance doors provide seating for alfresco dining. Radiant heaters keep diners warm in the few months of the year that it might be necessary to turn them on. When the weather turns warm, fans and micro misters enable people to still enjoy the outdoors.
A pair of beautiful bronze horses atop a man made rock outcropping with water features, a simulated green lawn space and well executed landscaping is just outside the doors of Las Alamades. Thus the view while quite different from the original setting is still very pleasing.
The interior colors are warm and inviting.
A few more Tex-Mex items have been added to the menu but one can still find Mexican food made such as is found in the interior of Mexico.
My husband and I recently had lunch there. He chose the Tacos Jalisco which were filled corn tortillas with shredded beef topped with green sauce, lettuce and Queso fresco. It was served with refried or charro beans. He chose the latter.
My luncheon choice was the Blackened Fish. It was a blackened tilipia fillet cooked over a hot iron skillet. Accompanying it was a medley of green & yellow squash, carrots and broccoli.
They were both delicious. All the lunch specials cost $8.95 and include iced tea. Crisp tortilla chips and a mild red salsa are served gratis.
Once this restaurant opens at 11am it stays open all day until closing time at 9pm Sunday through Thursday and until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
The beef tacos al carbon is delicious. It consists of grilled pieces of succulent beef fajita meat inside of a soft flour (or corn) tortilla. On the side is some guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream. Chile con queso can be added. My husband chose the charro beans in place of the refried beans.
My order of Chicken Acapulco was equally good. A grilled chicken breast was topped with sauteed onions, shrimp and a creamy lobster sauce au gratin. On the side was a medley of vegetables and some cilantro flavored rice.
My husband and I usually sample each others food selections and we declared each of these above pictured entrées winners. This is but a small sampling of what there is to order!
Lunch hours Monday through Friday are from 11am until 3pm. Brunch hours are the same on Sunday.
I know that my hubby and I will be returning often to this pretty Mexican restaurant to enjoy more of their tasty food offerings.