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Local Tex-Mex Pappasito’s Cantina Celebrates 40 Years!

Birthday Fudge Brownie
Birthday Fudge Brownie

by Andrew Chalk

It is party time at Pappasito’s Cantina! Hard to believe but they have been around for 40 years. I have loved Pappasito’s from the first time I visited. Every few weeks, I get a craving for the primary flavors of Tex-Mex. It’s not Escoffier, it’s not Modernist, it’s just darn eatable. That is when Pappasito’s is the place to go.

Look at the pictures of the food at a media event I attended last week. The Tortilla Soup ($14) could have been subbed for the one Dean Fearing did at The Mansion on Turtle Creek. The stock was exactly on point. The tortilla slices were the crunchy textural accent. The cilantro gave it a piquant blast and the onion delivered sweetness.

Tortilla Soup
Tortilla Soup

Tex-Mex temples live or die by their enchiladas, and the dish I got was the Combination Enchiladas ($26). One Ixtapa beef, one chicken, and one cheese, along with rice, cheese, refried beans, and salsa. Being the awkward customer, I asked for half green salsa and half sour cream. They did it, and it was superlative!

Combination Enchiladas
Combination Enchiladas

The Camarones Tijuana (broiled butterfly shrimp with chicken fajita, guacamole, and pico de galo, $30) was a massive plateful with beautiful, sinuous shrimp

Camarones Tijuana
Camarones Tijuana

Obviously, a lot got taken home for warm up feasts!

Pappasito's Cantina are celebrating with birthday specials all October. It includes $40 Fajitas on Wednesdays starting at 4 p.m., a commemorative 40th anniversary mug with Fiesta Fizz or Pappasito’s Signature Reserva Margarita, and a special Fiesta Fudge Brownie.

Service at the Lombardy Lane location in Dallas was smooth and friendly. I spoke with GM Jackson Garrison about the legendary career training that the family-owned Pappas Restaurants provides. He concurs. Four years at this location, he started a decade ago as a waiter in Fort Worth and loves the job. For that matter, all the staff were super enthusiastic.

The official press release is below, but my advice is to head to your nearest Pappasito’s and taste the celebration!


Celebrating All Month Long in October with Food & Drink Specials and Commemorative Mugs at 20 Locations throughout Texas and Georgia

HOUSTON, TX (September 28, 2023) – Pappasito’s Cantina is excited to announce that its 40th anniversary celebration will take place throughout October. The month-long celebration will feature food and drink specials, including $40 for 40 Fajitas on Wednesdays starting at 4 p.m., a commemorative 40th anniversary mug with Fiesta Fizz or Pappasito’s Signature Reserva Margarita, and a special Fiesta Fudge Brownie. Guests will also have the opportunity to win one of ten $400 gift cards by entering online (starting on October 1). E-Club members will receive additional perks throughout the month.

“It’s really incredible to be celebrating four decades of Pappasito’s! The first Pappasito's Cantina opened on Richmond and Hillcroft, bringing our famous fajitas and margaritas to Houstonians, and now we have grown to over 20 restaurants throughout Texas and Georgia,” says Christina Pappas, Vice President of Marketing.

Pappasito’s is driven by the same principles that family patriarch H.D. Pappas brought with him to the New World in 1897: a passion for quality food and service, careful attention to detail, and a determination to treat every person who walks through the door as a welcomed guest.

Decades after opening, Pappasito’s continues to provide superior flavor, freshness and presentation that guests won’t find anywhere else. Using only the highest quality produce, meat and fish, each location ensures only the best dishes arrive at the table. This includes roasting their salsa in their kitchens daily, using fresh-squeezed lime juice for their famous margaritas and hand-making tortillas in-house.

Just as important as the quality of the food and drinks is the service they provide guests. Team members are carefully selected, receive world-class training and are encouraged to grow within the company, which is one of the many reasons their team is consistently known as the best in the business. Many Pappasito’s team members have been with the organization for decades, passing along their passion and institutional knowledge to the next generation of servers, cooks, bartenders, managers and more.

“The Pappas family feels so honored that diners continue to return to Pappasito’s, and we are proud to carry on the tradition of serving outstanding food and providing exceptional service in an atmosphere where people go to be treated like family, to be entertained, and to enjoy great food, knowing that they can expect that Pappas trademark of quality,” said Chris Pappas, CEO of Pappas Restaurants, Inc. “We look forward to celebrating 40 years with our valued guests all month long and beyond!”

For more information on Pappasito’s, please visit and for all things related to their 40th anniversary visit



Pappasito's Cantina is known for Legendary Tex-Mex made from scratch daily with the highest quality ingredients to ensure flavor, freshness and presentation unlike any other restaurant. Guests at Pappasito's can expect a festive atmosphere curated by friendly and knowledgeable team members.

Pappasito’s Cantina is the second largest concept in one of the largest family-owned and operated restaurant companies in the United States. The Pappas family of restaurants offers many different cuisines and traditions, but common to all is an obsession with quality food and superior service that's reflected in every aspect of the Guest experience. Pappas is a respected leader in the competitive restaurant industry. The Pappas philosophy hasn't changed much over the years. The drive still comes from a passion for excellence, a focus on innovation and attention to detail and quality in everything they do.



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