Angie’s Mexican & Seafood
Since reviewing Angie’s Mexican & Seafood restaurant when they first opened about two years ago, I have become a regular diner. The delicious menu, warm and inviting atmosphere and gracious host, Carla, brings me back every time. Angie’s has survived by continuing to serve really good food, at a great price, by people who treat you like family. Carla has built on the success plan of her mother (Angie) who opened the first location in Waller, TX.
On a recent visit, Carla shared her excitement about a new menu item she was offering so a few weeks later I grabbed my son Jeff to come with me and check it out.
Angie’s menu features a variety of seafood and Mexican favorites, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers and kids’ meals. There is also a lunch menu available 11 am-3 pm. The dishes come from Carla’s grandma’s long-standing recipes that have been passed down through the generations.
The new menu item is called “Bursting Flavors” because that is how customers are describing it. Angie’s (amazing) gumbo, fried rice, sautéed spinach, grilled shrimp and fried onions are all layered perfectly to accommodate either a fillet of blackened tilapia ($13.95) or salmon ($15.95). Wow! It IS as good as it sounds. Appropriately named, it is bursting with flavors. Every level was seasoned perfectly. Angie’s gumbo on its own is worth the trip…having it accent the perfectly blackened tilapia was a bonus! As I sat and savored the delicious stack of flavors, Jeff was already on his second helping. “It’s just really good,” he said.
Carla pointed out that her hamburgers were receiving a lot of attention too so Jeff and I decided to split one. Using only Angus beef, the cheeseburger ($6.55/$5.95 without cheese) is built with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cheese. Very tasty! Burgers come with fries…
We also had an eggroll ($4.25 for 3) which was crispy good. “This is not greasy at all, and the sweet and sour sauce is delicious ” Jeff said as he dipped some more..
The last time I reviewed Angie’s with my husband Jim and friends Penny and Jerry, Jerry could not stop boasting about the gumbo. “This is the best gumbo this side of the Mississippi,” Jerry said. “It’s your back to basic kind of gumbo. Doesn’t get any better than this,” Jim added. The dark, flavorful roux, topped with rice, and filled with Cajun-seasoned meat and shrimp had me missing my daughter in Louisiana! While we scooped up the gumbo, Penny was enjoying some queso and chips ($4.95/$6.95). “There’s chunks of good stuff in here,” said Penny. “And I love that the chips are served warm and you can tell they are homemade.”
We also loved the fried catfish and shrimp. The fish goes through three processes and their shrimp goes through two. Nothing at Angie’s is pre-battered. Everything is hand battered and made the moment you order it. The homemade batter for the fish was different than the homemade batter for the shrimp and each was uniquely tasty and light. “This catfish is fantastic, the batter has a really nice flavor. It’s light and not greasy,” noted Jim. “It’s moist but not overly crispy so the oil must have been really hot and fresh.” Carla confirmed the oil is clean and filtered everyday “I like it because there’s more meat, less batter,” added Penny as she bit into a good chunk of fish. When they were done raving about the catfish, they raved about the “fresh, perfectly cooked” shrimp. “This batter is a little sweet and just as good. I like that it is light so you can really taste the flavor of the shrimp,” said Jerry.” There are several combination opportunities to match your taste and level of hungriness. For instance, you can choose one fish and three shrimp for $9.95; two fish and six shrimp for $13.45 or six oysters or scallops and 6 shrimp for $15.95. All combination platters are served with freshly made French fries, homemade cocktail sauce and homemade tartar sauce.
Prefer your fish grilled? They have a grilled red snapper ($15.95) served with grilled vegetables and fried rice. The fish was flaky and seasoned perfectly. The grilled vegetables were just as good as the fish-I could be happy with just a plateful of those veggies. Everyone liked the fried rice too-nice touch.
Another favorite on our last visit was the Shrimp and Oyster Po’boy ($9.95). Right away everyone was impressed with the bread. “This bread is not your usual po’boy bread, it’s so soft and lightly buttered and it’s thin so you can taste what’s inside, “said Jerry. “This has monster shrimp and oysters. You get a taste of shrimp or oyster in every bite,” said Jim.
As you can see from the name of the restaurant, Angie’s also serves Mexican food. Our top Mexican entrée was the “Soon to be Famous” Chili Relleno. We had a combination of chicken, beef and shrimp ($12.95). It was served with Mexican rice and refried beans. The pepper was perfectly cooked and I loved how everything inside tasted. Angie’s chili relleno is made the traditional way with egg yolk. It is first fried and then grilled. While we were talking about the chili relleno, Penny kept raving about the refried beans. “It’s so nice to taste refried beans that actually have flavor,” she said. Once again, it’s that made-from-scratch, homemade distinction that the dishes at Angie’s share. And, they are not rushed out of the kitchen. To do it right…and fresh, it takes a little time.
Coming in a close second was their homemade beef, chicken and shrimp enchiladas. Each one was filled generously and tasted great. The taste of the meats and shrimp really came through strong. Carla pointed out that the chicken enchilada is stuffed with chicken breast that is cooked fresh (not the steamed chicken some restaurants use and store in the frig).
Angie’s serves bottled beer and amazing 16-ounce margaritas. Regular ($4.99), Strawberry ($5.55), Mango ($5.55), Pina ($6.25) and Tropical (a mixture of Mango and Strawberry $6.25). The margarita recipes come from Carla’s dad and you can see right away these are not your ordinary margaritas! There is real fruit inside! The strawberries are shipped from Brazil and the Mangos come directly from Mexico. The fresh fruits are pureed and mixed in…there’s no syrup in these ritas! Get $1 off during Happy Hour Monday through Friday 11 am -5 pm You can also order Margaritas to go! Guests are always welcome to bring their own wine, there is a $10 corkage fee. Now that football season has kicked off, you can enjoy watching the game in a relaxed atmosphere… If you wear the jersey of the team playing, you get 10% off your meal. Happy Hour is also extended throughout the game.
At Angie’s it is a true family business…at one time or another Carla’s children, aunts, cousins and family friends have been there providing excellent service and preparing delicious food that has earned them many 5-star ratings on Yelp. We had the pleasure of having Carla’s son Isaac serve us a few times and he has always been polite, attentive and personable.
If you call ahead for a reservation, they will give you a special setting at your table with placemats.
Angie’s Mexican and Seafood is located at 5105 FM 1960 East. It’s less than two miles west of Timber Forest off of FM1960. Turn in at the Super K and Angie’s is a couple of doors down in the strip center. Angie’s offers a 10% discount to seniors, military, (active and veterans), members of the Huffman, Atascocita and Kingwood fire departments and police, teachers and X-Cons (former Continental employees).
For more information call 346-616-5974or visit www.humblemexicanrestaurant.com.