Little Pappasito’s Beef Brisket Tacos

Pappasito’s is a Houston mainstay. No matter which location you go to you are sure get a high-level of quality and service, and the Little Pappasito’s on the corner of Kirby and Richmond is no exception. This has always been my favorite location. Before I changed to a paleo diet, I LOVED their cheese enchiladas and margaritas. I still think their cheese enchiladas are the standard to which I judge all other cheese enchiladas. My wife and I were hungry for tex-mex, so off we went, but without being able to eat my favorite menu item what was I to do? Fear not! There were plenty of paleo items on the menu to choose from. After much debate, I settled on the brisket tacos. When I ordered the tacos without tortillas and asked what they offered as a substitute for rice and beans, our waitress looked at me like I was speaking in Swahili. After rephrasing my order, she said they offered grilled veggies instead of rice or beans, but still questioned why someone  would possibly want tacos sans tortillas.

The Meal

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When the meal arrived the presentation was very nice. the brisket was surrounded by chopped red onions, cilantro, a bit of melted goat cheese, and heaps of grilled vegetables. Being a native Texan, I take brisket very seriously. So much so, I won’t even order brisket outside the state of Texas. I prefer brisket to have a firm texture, but still tender. Pappasito’s brisket was very tender — maybe a bit too tender. This was more of the constancy of a roast that had been overcooked. I also expect there to be a certain level of smokeyness, and Papasito’s brisket had none. It was nicely seasoned, though and was flavorful. The onions and cilantro went very well with the brisket, and I dumped some of the warm green sauce from the table on top of the meat. I also stole my wife’s pico de gallo while she wasn’t looking. The pico went very well with the brisket. The grilled veggies I substituted for the beans and rice consisted of onions, green and red bell peppers, squash and zucchini. They were covered in olive oil, and tasted great. In addition to what you see in the photo, they gave me another plate of the same side, which was way to many veggies, but better too much than not enough I guess.

The Verdict
The meal was pretty good, but I would probably elect for the bacon wrapped shrimp and leave the brisket to BBQ restaurants. Their beef fajitas are also hard to pass up. I’ll be back again for sure.

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