The “Señorita Special” (also called “Señorita Plate” and “Señorita Platter") is a Mexican combination plate, still served in old-time Tex-Mex restaurants and apparently still popular in the Houston area. The items vary but generally include a beef taco, a cheese enchilada, a tamale, and guacamole salad.
by Robb Walsh
The Señorita Platter is disappearing and a new kind of Texan-Mexican fusion cuisine is taking its place. Instead of yellow cheese enchiladas in chili gravy, we’re eating spinach enchiladas in chipotle sauce. There’s wild mushrooms on the nachos, grilled fish in the tacos and pineapple in the salsa. It’s not fancy enough to call Southwestern cuisine, and it’s not old-fashioned Tex-Mex either.
Güero´s (Austin, TX)
Light, no frills goodness, one chalupa, one chicken especial taco, guacamole, chili con queso, rice & beans. Substitute breast of chicken taco for 39¢.
Elsi’s Restaurant (Austin, TX)
Señorita Plate: 1 enchilada, rice and guacamole salad * $6.25
Carlos Mexican Restaurant (Spring, TX)
Senorita Plate $9.95
start with a beef taco, chile con queso and guacamole salad and finish with your choice of two beef or chicken fajita enhiladas topped with salsa verde and monterrey jack cheese served with rice and beans
Emilio’s (Blissfield, MI)
Beef taco, cheese enchilada with meat sauce, baby nacho topped with seasoned beef, lettuce and tomatoes. $7.50.
El Patio (Austin, TX)
Senorita Special $7.25
two beef tacos, one cheese enchilada with chili
El Ranchero (Kingwood & Houston, TX)
Beef taco, cheese enchilada & tamale, served with guacamole salad $7.50
Don Jose Mexican Restaurant (Houston, TX)
SENORITA SPECIAL $8.90
Guacamole Salad, Beef Taco, Cheese Enchilada, Tamal. Refried Beans, spanish Rice, Chili Gravy & Cheese.
El Dorado (Houston, TX)
SENORITA SPECIAL $7.50
Guacamole salad, beef taco, cheese enchilada, tamale, refried beans and Spanish rice
Patron Mexican Restaurant (Spring, TX)
Señorita Special $6.95
Guacamole salad, Beef Taco, Cheese Enchilada, Tamal. Served with Refried Beans and Spanish Rice.
El Corral Mexican Restaurant (Houston, TX)
Señorita Special ............ $ 6.95
Guacamole Salad, Crispy Beef Taco, Cheese Enchilada and a tamale.
Austin (TX) American-Statesman
Dario’s Mexican Food Restaurant
1800 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: (512) 479-8105
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Treats diners with equally good attitude and food. Fine lunches include green chicken enchiladas with rice, beans and guacamole, and the señorita special, with a crispy beef taco, guacamole salad and a cheese enchilada with chile con carne. The queso is tasty, too. Forks up. Cheap.
-- Dale Rice, AA-S
1 April 1969, Galveston (TX) Daily News, pg. 2, col. 6 ad:
26 October 1973, Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram, pg. A35, col. 2:
The restaurant even has a Senorita special dinner for $2.25.
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Houston (TX) Press
Mama’s Got a Brand-new Bag
Mama Ninfa brings home fajitas
By Robb Walsh
Published: September 28, 2000
And third, fajitas seemed more authentically Mexican than Señorita Platters and the other Tex-Mex dishes that were making their way toward the bus tray of history.
Texas Monthly (August 2003)
by Patricia Sharpe
If you’re of a certain age, order a Señorita Special for old times’ sake. If you’re a newcomer, have one out of curiosity. You’ll be eating a part of Texas history.
12/16/06 01:01 AM
Re: El Patio
It’s basic old school Tex-Mex. 30-40 years ago that’s pretty much how every Mexican restaurant was, at least as far as I can remember. Stuff like fajitas and to a lesser degree, verde sauce and even chicken enchiladas didn’t really start showing up on Tex Mex menus until roughly the early 80’s. It was pretty much the #1, which was rice, beans, an enchilada and tamale (usually spelled “tamal"), or the senorita plate, which was a crispy taco and guacamole salad. Some places would combine the two and call it the Deluxe or Grande Plate or something like that.
And if the plate came with “queso” that usually meant a flat fried corn tortilla with melted cheese on top. If they put beans on it too, it became a chalupa.
Anyway, love El Patio for what it is. There aren’t many of their kind left.
Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX)
Who can resist those red tacos?
The Lunch Lady
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Casa Manana is not a restaurant for the calorie conscious, so little, skinny girls beware. There are a couple of lighter items on the menu, but if you can resist the red tacos, you’re doing better than me! I can’t resist them, don’t want to and I order the Senorita plate every time I go. The Senorita plate comes with one cheese enchilada, one nacho with queso and one big, beautiful red taco. When calories matter, I guess I’ll just have to teach my car to steer the other direction.
day three, austin
this was my lunch, it’s called a senorita plate and had a taco and a chupa (?) and con queso and i had a mojito with it. so yummy.
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