"Suddenly I was looking for excuses to set out along the Gulf Freeway for League City, where this mom-and-pop Peruvian spot has opened, somewhat improbably, in a strip mall on the Kemah end of the main drag."
Actually it's solidly in League City a short distance past Clear Creek High, and some would argue that Marina Bay Drive isn't really the main drag, but we'll forgive her for that stuff. And judging by those imprecisions, her comments may have represented more of an innocent framing, rather than a veiled reference to League City's reputation as a place people drive through on their way to somewhere else.
She was talking about Chuyos, the "Peruvian fusion" place.
|2500 Marina Bay Drive. If driving northbound, it's probably most convenient to get to it via turning onto Constellation and then reversing direction back out.|
Speaking of photographs...
|This is THE absolute worst photo form on my part, because I'd already taken a few bites before snapping the photo, thus totally ruining the presentation. But I didn't realize in advance that it would be worth taking a picture of, so there's my lame excuse.|
This is the dish called "beef seco". Beef in a spiced sauce that was heavy on its cilantro base, with beans and rice. All fresh home-made.
Here's one way to gauge the quality of a restaurant: you can eat the pinto beans without getting "digestive upset" afterward. A good chef knows how to prepare beans to avoid that kind of thing, but it's a longer more involved labor process and most restaurants cut corners and simply do not make the extra effort.
So here's my suggestion: For all the folks who are inclined to diss the suburbs for being homogeneous cultural wastelands, get out there and patronize a family micro-businesses such as this, because it's destination-worthy, just like Ms. Cook claimed.
|I had to partially redeem my own awful photo above, so here is a screengrab of another dish from this chron.com gallery. My husband and daughter both had this one, and it was also very good.|