JUNE 14, 2015
The idea is dynamite – (or you might say TnT, but more on that later). Berryhill Baja Grill put its name in the history books when it first introduced the fish taco to Texas back in 1993, and the famed dish remains one of the Houston restaurant’s biggest sellers, right up there with its famed tamales. Now 22 years later, Berryhill is further securing its place as top taco in Houston by launching a summer series of Taco of the Month on Monday, June 1. Every month, all Berryhill locations (except Sugar Land) will feature one specialty taco that’s not your daddy’s taco. First up? The TnT. And this one is a natural for a place made famous for its tamales and its tacos. The TnT is quite simply one of Berryhill’s ever-so-popular pork tamales deep-fried in tempura batter, topped with chopped poblano and sauce then wrapped in warm corn tortillas. The Tamale. The Taco. The TnT. The TnT will be in all Berryhill stores (except Sugar Land) until June 30. It sells for $3.99. Beginning July 1, a new super taco will take its place with the series continuing through the heat of summer. Berryhill and its “Seriously Fresh Mex” food is named after Walter Berryhill, a Native American from Oklahoma who came to Houston in the late 1920s and began selling tamales made from his own special tamale recipe. Berryhill sold tamales to residents of Houston’s most exclusive neighborhoods from an old cart that he pedaled or pushed along the neighborhood streets from the late 1920s until the mid 1960s. He died in the late 1960s and his recipe was lost for more than 20 years. It, his cart and a tamale-making machine he invented were rediscovered in the early 1990s. Several partners opened the first Berryhill restaurant in 1993 selling Berryhill’s famed tamales and a creative array of Baja California style dishes, including the famous Berryhill fish taco. Texas Monthly credits Berryhill as the restaurant that introduced the fish taco to the Texas dining scene. Houston resident Jeff Anon bought Berryhill from the partners and since 1997 has expanded the concept internationally both through franchising and his own stores. For more information on Berryhill and its locations, visit www.berryhillbajagrill.com.