We now offer catering!

Please call 281-846-6049 to start your order. 


The newest concept from Legacy Restaurants, stewards of the iconic Original Ninfa’s and Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys brands, will make its debut in Understory, a 35,000-square-foot community hub and culinary market at the base of Bank of America Tower (800 Capitol St.). The 622-square-foot downtown tunnel-level space will offer fast-casual Mexican street-style tacos, tortas and traditional Tex-Mex fare, with breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. 

Legacy Restaurants Corporate Executive Chef Alex Padilla created the menu for the new concept, adapting several recipes from The Original Ninfa’s. Diners will be able to enjoy Original Ninfa’s fajita tacos, red and green salsas, and chile con queso, along with an innovative new menu of tacos and tortas. 

A la carte offerings include six tacos on El Milagro corn or flour tortillas, including: Pescado (grilled redfish, pico de gallo, cole slaw, chipotle aioli), Camarones a la Diabla (bacon-wrapped Gulf shrimp, jack cheese, cole slaw, chorizo remoulade, jalapeno), Tinga de Pollo (shredded chicken in chipotle salsa, cojita cheese, sour cream, lettuce), Fajita (grilled skirt steak, sautéed mushrooms, roasted jalapeno, tomato, pechuga gravy), Carnitas (slow-cooked pork, onions, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno) and Barbacoa (slow-cooked chopped beef brisket, onions, cilantro, lime). 

The opening menu features five tortas on locally-baked El Bollilo bread: Adobo Chicken (grilled chicken, jack cheese, pico de gallo, chorizo remoulade), Carne Asada Abodaba (marinated grilled skirt steak, sliced ham, cilantro chimichurri, chipotle aioli), Carnitas (slow-cooked pulled pork, cole slaw, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato), Barbacoa (slow-cooked beef brisket, cole slaw, chipotle aioli) and a Cubano (pulled pork, sliced ham, Swiss cheese, cilantro pesto, cole slaw, Dijon mustard, mayo). Padilla also has created a Burrito filled with rice, refried beans, cheese, pico de gallo, and choice of chicken, fajita, carnitas or brisket. Sides include Chips & Queso, Chips & Guacamole, Chips & Salsa (red or green), Guacamole, Rice, Pickled Carrots, and Refried Beans.

Tacos and tortas are the theme at breakfast as well. The breakfast menu – served all day – features five breakfast tacos with scrambled eggs, and fillings ranging from brisket to potato, bacon, chorizo, jalapeno, carnitas and cheese; and a Huevos Rancheros Taco with refried beans. Four breakfast tortas with fried eggs and refried beans include options for ham and cheese; chorizo, jalapeno and cheese; carnitas and cheese; and brisket and potato. Other breakfast items include Chilaquiles Verdes with corn tortillas, tomatillo salsa, fried egg, cheese and onions; Yogurt Parfait with Mexican yogurt, all-natural granola and seasonal ingredients; and fresh-squeezed orange juice and aguas frescas. All-day beverages at Mama Ninfa’s Tacos y Tortas will include Topo Chico, Mexican Coca-Cola and assorted flavors of Jarritos.

Legacy Restaurants plans to open additional Mama Ninfa’s locations in the months ahead. Future locations will have a prototype design of approximately 2,000-2,500 square feet and seating for 80-100 guests, with interior design by Austin-based architect Michael Hsu. Future Mama Ninfa’s locations also will include a full bar, pairing traditional “Ninfaritas” and cold beers with the delicious food, particularly during late-night hours. The design for future locations will include a convenient area for take-out or third-party delivery services.


A new fast-casual concept from Legacy Restaurants, Mama Ninfa’s Tacos y Tortas will debut in August 2019 at Understory in Downtown Houston. The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The hours of operation will be Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit http://legacyrestaurants.com/


Located at 800 Capitol St. in Downtown Houston, Understory at Bank of America Tower is a 35,000-square-foot community hub and culinary market with seven chef-driven concepts – including Mama Ninfa’s Tacos y Tortas — and a cocktail bar. A central feature of Understory is the open-air blending of the street and tunnel levels, facilitated by the “Great Steps,” a 30-foot-wide monumental staircase and gathering place that will create the first true street-level gateway to the tunnel network.

Mama Ninfa’s Tacos y Tortas:
800 Capitol St. Ste T-304, 77002 • 281-846-6049

For further information, please contact:
Rachel Austin • rachel@hometownsocial.net

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