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Estilo Reynosa – Uniquely Suited For Dining During Pandemics

Pretty much any time you research the history of a “new” Tex-Mex dish -- breakfast tacos and fajitas, for example -- your trail will end somewhere in the Rio Grande Valley. In days gone by, those dishes would first be adopted in San Antonio, from whence they would then be taken first to Houston and [...]

2020-10-06T16:17:28+00:00June 29th, 2020|Community, Economic Development, My East Aldine|

What’s in a Name – Aldine’s Demonym

Natives of Houston are Houstonians and the people of Dallas are called Dallasites, but by what name do the people of Aldine prefer to be referred? What is the label for locals, or in the words of writer, historian, baseball scholar and word expert, what is Aldine’s “demonym?” That’s the word Dickson popularized for this [...]

2020-10-06T16:17:19+00:00June 25th, 2020|About the District, Community, My East Aldine|

Safety and Community Engagement Remain Among our Top Priorities

By Christina Autry Safety and community engagement remain among our top priorities in the East Aldine District as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis. We have seen the community rally together in a big way, from the actions taken by our partners in the Town Center development, to the dedication of our local police officers, to [...]

2020-10-06T16:16:37+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Community, My East Aldine|

El Trompo Loco: A Hybrid Taco Truck / Taqueria Mix

A hybrid taco truck / taqueria mix, and the original of three in the Greater Houston area, El Trompo Loco #1 offers spit-roasted / grilled tacos of a type brought to Mexico by Middle Eastern immigrants relatively recently -- in the words of Texas Monthly taco editor Jose R. Ralat, they are far from some [...]

2020-10-06T16:16:27+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Community, Economic Development, My East Aldine|

Aldine History: Swedish Roots

Looking today at the bustling economies, robust social safety nets, stable governments, and overall quality of life of the Scandinavian countries, it’s hard to believe that only a little more than a century ago, northern Europe was an economic, political and religious basket case. Back in the 1880s, when Aldine was first coming together, only [...]

2020-10-06T16:16:17+00:00June 2nd, 2020|About the District, Community, My East Aldine|

A Rockin’ Daddy-O Buried in Aldine

As with so many fast-growing cities in the 1950s south, Greater Houston and especially Aldine saw much of its population growth coming from country folk moving in from the backwoods, seeking better job and educational opportunities and a little more excitement. For teenagers in the early 1950s, a good deal of those thrills came from [...]

2020-10-06T16:15:50+00:00May 5th, 2020|Community, My East Aldine|

El Gavilan There to Satisfy Park-Goers and More

Watching the slow expansion of a Houston-area Mexican dining establishment is one of the joys of long-term life in the metropolis. Today, La Mexicana is an institution in the Montrose area, complete with three indoor and one outdoor eating areas and a bar. On my first visit there, in the 1980s, it was a cramped [...]

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