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The Original Ninfa's On Navigation


2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston
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Open since 1973, The Original Ninfa’s On Navigation in the Second Ward is a cornerstone of Tex-Mex history. Mama Ninfa is credited as the “inventor of the fajita,” and as you might expect, you’ll see staff carrying enormous trays full of them every few minutes like they’re the only thing on the menu. And while the menu is huge, you should make sure to order the juicy, subtly spicy skirt steak fajitas—or the tender suiza enchiladas topped with avocado crema.

This spot is about five minutes from Minute Maid Park, and it’s frequently where Astros fans come to congregate over pitchers of Ninfaritas. If this place is open, it’s busy—and while you might not be able to hear the music playing over the sounds of the restaurant, you can still do a good bit of people watching while you cross your fingers and hope the next incoming tray of flaming fajitas has your name on it. There’s also another location in the Galleria.

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