Chile relleno was the Wednesday special at Mi Abuelitas Homestyle Mexican Restaurant on 45th and Avenue O 1/2 in Galveston. It was served with beans and fideo for $7. Owner Sara Asocar worked as a waitress at El Nopalito, one of Galveston’s most popular Tex-Mex restaurants, for 17 years before Ike took that restaurant out. “They said they were going to reopen, but they never did,” she told me.
And so she recruited the kitchen staff from El Nopalito to come and work for her and she opened Mi Abuelitas. The restaurant will celebrate its first anniversary in a few weeks. There is an old family photo of Sara with her grandma on the cover of the menu. “Now I’m a grandma too,” she said with a chuckle. That’s where I got the name.”
I don’t know whose grandma is in the kitchen making the chile rellenos and the fideo, but they sure know what they’re doing. If you love Tex-Mex and find yourself on the island, go check it out.