Let’s start by getting this out of the way: Teotihuacan is pronounced TEE-O-TEE-WA-CAN. The Mexican café has been a staple in the Brays Oaks area at their 6579 W Bellfort location for 20 years.

Its popularity is due to the consistency of quality in their Mexican or Tex-Mex comfort food. It has received Zagat ratings, which hang on the wall.
Each store of the chain is run by separate staff. At the W Bellfort location, on duty manager Chely Galvan was a welcoming presence to a busy lunchtime crowd.

For lunchtime, their salads are large with generous portions of all ingredients. From their Chef salad, which is topped with beef and chicken fajitas and ham; to their Mexican Salad, which offers greens topped with shredded chicken or beef, avocados and olives, to the more traditional taco salad which of course comes with a crispy shell, greens, and either feel or chicken fajitas and guacamole, they are all a refreshing treat for the warm days. The freshness of the greens was exceptional and their meats are tasty with just the right seasoning and flavor.

For colder days, they offer a variety of soups including Shrimp Soup in a vegetable stock with rice, and their “Caldo de Res,” a beef and vegetable soup.

Fish and Shrimp dishes are a particular specialty on their dinner menus, with a wide variety of mouth-watering options. These include jumbo shrimp with garlic; frito shrimp, which are lightly breaded and fried, ranchero shrimp with garlic, bell peppers, wine and both chipotle and ranchero sauces.

“Pescadoro VeraCruz” is a specialty where they serve a fiet of fish sauteed in garlic, wine, cilantro, and served with olives. For those with cravings for spicier food, in both the fish and shrimp dishes, they offer “Caliente” versions cooked with jalapenos. All dishes are served with rice and tortillas.

Their “El Kelvin” is another specialty with a filet of fish served with spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, and shrimp.

Beef dishes are plentiful including their “El Presidente,” an 8 ounce grilled sirloin steak topped with shrimp, fresh spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, cheese, and Teotihuacan sauce. A ribeye steak is available as well and beef and chicken fajitas, and even chargrilled quail.

Tex-Mex fare includes delicious quesadillas, burritos, tacos and nachos.

I tried the shrimp quesadillas, and was delighted with the generous and gooey cheese, large shrimp and perfectly prepared tortilla enclosures.
Their guacamole is homemade and creamy and delicious as well. It was the perfect topping for the quesadillas, along with their green and red salsas.
Prices are reasonable and especially considering the quantity of food offered with each portion.

Chely Galvan and any member of management can help with catering orders and the restaurant does a good quantity of catering for locals and for businesses.

They appreciate online ordering at their website at teomexicancafe.com and they are open seven days a week, including serving breakfast.

Their phone number is 713-726-9858.

– By Arlene Nisson Lassin