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    Posted December 10, 2012 by
    Houston, Texas
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    100 places to eat like a local

    Infused Tequilas, Craft Cocktails & Tacos; oh my!

    Houston, TX – El Gran Malo (which means “The Big Bad” in Spanish) is an infused tequila and taco bar in Houston, Texas. 50 Handcrafted tequila infusions, specialty fresh-juice margaritas and a generous selection of craft beer have helped put this little bar on the map. El Gran Malo starts with 100% Blue Agave tequila and adds fresh, organic and often seasonal ingredients to create unique combinations of flavors, such as Texas pecan roasted with sea salt and cayenne pepper, roasted red beet, peppered beef jerky or vanilla habanero. Whether sipped alone or enjoyed in a variety of house cocktails, these infusions enhance the tequila and pique the senses.

    Patrons can enjoy a gastro-cantina-inspired food menu by Chef Greg Lowry, former executive chef of Voice in Hotel Icon and current Sous Chef at Triniti Restaurant. The simple, yet flavorful menu boasts small plates such as Gulf snapper ceviche with cucumber, jicama and aji amarillo; as well as an awesome torta with pepper jack, poblano and crema fresca and empanadas with crab, cotija cheese, and plantain.

    The menu includes six types of tacos that can be ordered individually or by a bucket of five. Our guests have a choice of snapper, shrimp, pork carnitas, pork belly, chicken tinga or beef. Each taco is specially designed with toppings such as pomegranate salsa, micro cilantro, charred scallions, pumpkin seeds and house-pickled vegetables.

    Expect a festive indoor atmosphere, as well as a relaxing garden patio. The space also features a 6 x 28 foot mural by local Houston artist, Kevin Hernandez, and gorgeous, indigenous plants by 3 Little Birds Landscaping.
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