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Spanish Flowers Mexican Restaurant

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Mary L Bernal’s love of Mexican food began in her youth. A Houston-area native, Bernal spent her childhood summers with relatives outside Guadalajara, Mexico, learning and perfecting the authentic dishes that she continues to serve today at her Spanish Flowers Mexican Restaurant. Since opening this 24-hour hot spot in 1979, Bernal has been pleasing palates and creating a devoted following. (Even her staff is a part of the family with many working with her for more than 20 years.)

Named a “Heights neighborhood legend” by Zagat ,Spanish Flowers has flourished under Mary’s constant care and guidance. Voted “Best Late Nite Dining” in both 2001 and 2002 by Citysearch.com, as well as “Best Late Dining” by the Houston Press, this Houston favorite continually impresses both patrons and the press. Using only the freshest ingredients, Bernal combines time-honored recipes, sincere and helpful service, and a casual and pleasant atmosphere (accented by a musical trio in the evening) to create a one-of-a-kind experience.

Whether for lunch or a late-night snack, meals here are consistently superb. Specializing in both genuine Mexican dishes, as well as Tex-Mex favorites, Spanish Flowers serves up everything from traditional mole to mouth-watering fajitas. menudo and caldo de rez to breakfast burritos and sopapillas. Bernal is committed to providing “a taste of Mexico 24 hours a day” through her Spanish Flowers Mexican Restaurant.

"Heights Neighborhood Legend"

Established in 1979, The Spanish Flowers Mexican Restaurant has flourished under her constant care and guidance located at 4701 N Main at Airline St. in Houston, this restaurant has been a “Heights

Neighborhood legend”(Zagat Survey) for many. many years. Since the first day) that she opened it 27 years ago. Mary decided that she would keep her restaurant open 24 hours a day. This tradition continues to this day. The only time the restaurant takes a break is on Tuesday nights. On Tuesday night it closes at 10:00 P. M. , then reopens on Wednesday morning at 9·00 AM and maintains its 24 hour schedule until the next
Tuesday night. One of the biggest challenges in bemg a 24 hour restaurant,
is to ensure that the quality of service and the taste of the food are always
the same, regardless of what time you visit the restaurant. A significant testimonial that this challenge has been met is the Spanish Flowers
Restaurant being awarded “The Best Late Nite Dining” award by
Citysearch.com in 2001 and again in 2002. The restaurant is also a
nominee for the award in 2003. The restaurant has also been awarded “Best Late Dining” by the Houston Press for 2003. In November 2003, The Spanish Flowers Restaurant was also awarded the “Marvin Zindler Blue Ribbon Award” for kitchen cleanliness

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Located a few blocks from the Farmer’s
Market, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables are a definite requirement for
Mary L. Bernal’s kitchen. Her commitment to ensure that her customers always get “a taste of Mexico 24 hours a day” keeps her busy searching for new recipes or new ingredients to experiment with. Over the years, she has trained in the United States, in Guadalajara, and has trained with Diana Kennedy in Zitacuaro, Michoacan in Mexico. In August 2003, Mary was voted one of “Houston’s Top Chefs” by H Texas Magazine (formally Inside Houston Magazine) Who has time for a day off when you’re having this much fun ! ! !