Goode Company Kitchen & Cantina X 2 (The Woodlands and Houston)

I was in parts northern on 45 this week and met some offspring for lunch at the newly opened Tex-Mex concept Goode Company Kitchen on Six Pines in The Woodlands. Half the building is BBQ, the other half Tex-Mex and they have separate entrances. The newly opened Tex-Mex side is bright and fun.

The waiter started by recommending great “lunch sized” dishes and really sold the tampiquena, fajita steak with one enchilada combo I normally favor at local mexieateries. Luckily I looked at the menu to find this staple dish is $29 all day long here. Too rich for my lunch.

We ordered a small guacamole “all the way” for the table, and it came topped with, as far as I can remember, bacon, pepitas, pickled onions, shrimp, crab, chicharones, and with sides of cilantro, chopped peppers and Cotija. Great and only $13, but small everything and plenty for 3 adults plus a toddler or two as an app.

I ordered the blue crab and spinach enchiladas which had plenty of flaky white crab, but were served warmish not hot, normally my pet peeve, but they get a pass because they are newly opened. If it were served piping hot it would have been really great. Service was slow and others said their food was hot so I lost the heating lamp lottery. ($19 with beans, rice and avocado salad)

Later I googled and see that the I-10 location of Goode Co BBQ also now sports a tex-mex kitchen nearby. It’s a thing now. The now defunct Mason Jar on I-10 (aka, the last bastion for smokers in Houston) is the new Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina. Ole.

Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina

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Excellent review, Ms Lambowner. Thank you.

I won’t likely be traveling to El Woodlands to try this but may journey over to el Memorial location. I haven’t been in maybe a decade but I always liked the Taqueria on Kirby, certainly better than the bbq place.

Houstonia has already visited. The review is not very complete but some of the pics are enticing.

Incidentally, re: a certain get-together a couple of years ago. When Jim Goode passed last year, Alison Cooke wrote quite a nice tribute to him and his influence on the Houston culinary scene. From his obituary I learned that his mother was from Campeche and it was on many trips there to visit in-laws that he learned of the famous cocktail. It isn’t on the menu of the original taqueria on Kirby but I see it is on the menu of the new place (and Armadillo Palace).

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I agree about the Taqueria being better than the BBQ place. The fajitas, grilled chicken, burgers, and chips and salsa are all first rate.

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Excellent review, Ms Lambowner. Thank you.

I won’t likely be traveling to El Woodlands to try this but may journey over to el Memorial location. I haven’t been in maybe a decade but I always liked the Taqueria on Kirby, certainly better than the bbq place.

Houstonia has already visited. The review is not very complete but some of the pics are enticing.

Incidentally, re: a certain get-together a couple of years ago. When Jim Goode passed last year, Alison Cooke wrote quite a nice tribute to him and his influence on the Houston culinary scene. From his obituary I learned that his mother was from Campeche and it was on many trips there to visit in-laws that he learned of the famous cocktail. It isn’t on the menu of the original taqueria on Kirby but I see it is on the menu of the new place (and Armadillo Palace).
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I’ve been a few times but not in years. The BBQ seems to all taste the same with heavy mesquite flavor and too dry. However, I am one of the seemingly few people that likes the sauce especially with the good jalapeno cheese bread dipped in it.

The Tex-Mex menu seems to be a play on El Tiempo’s. It looks good and I’m sure it is, they’re just not so Goode at BBQ, especially with the explosion of places in town.

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I think a lot of people liked the sauce and jalapeno cheese bread. I liked the sausage and the smoked duck. I just never forgot my first visit, very much unaware of the bbq snobbery that had developed about the place, the deli-thin slices of brisket on my plate, a very small portion, too, and all the Texas kitsch. It does seem, even today, that its the sauce, cheese bread and pecan pie that get the most raves.

Alison Cook’s tribute (still free to read).

I was not aware of how groundbreaking his food was.

Hey, JC - he liked Bellaire Broiler Burger, too!

And I remembered wrong - his mother was from Tampico, not Campeche.

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I love Bellaire Broiler Burger but haven’t been since I moved out of Sharpstown over 10 years ago.

I just read the Allison Cooke review and call me a BBQ snob as I feel the mesquite overwhelms as I stated earlier.

When he opened his Kirby place in the 70’s I was working just down the street. Everybody at work found the chicken groundbreaking as nobody had anything like that before. We went a lot and it seemed like Mr. Goode was always there.

He was a true pioneer, heck he even looked like one.

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