AUTHENTIC SOUTHWESTERN CUISINE DONE RIGHT!
Tularosa Southwestern Grill is not only the newest taste sensation in Kingwood. It is the culmination of a lifelong dream of RC Gallegos' to bring to fruition the cuisine that he and his mother's side of the family developed and enjoyed for decades. RC Gallegos, famous for his two RC's NYC Pizza and Pasta locations both in Kingwood and The Woodlands, had his sights on creating a full service restaurant with a full bar. Tularosa features the cuisine he grew up eating and enjoying.
“It's my opinion that we are inundated with a lot of Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants around. I wanted to bring something new to the area. Something that was unique”, RC shared.
“We had a lot of family recipes that were created by my mother, great-grandmother and great aunts. And I wanted to reproduce them in a commercial setting.” Tularosa offers authentic New Mexico cuisine so as not to compete with the Mexican and Tex Mex restaurants.
“About 10 percent of our menu represents New Mexican dishes. The rest of the menu is eclectic with the entire Southwest genre of cuisine We also have chicken fried steak, chicken fried chicken, pork chops, hamburgers. And of course we have enchiladas, fajitas, nachos, quesadillas, all the food that you would find in the Southwest region from California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico all the way across to Southwest Texas.” Learning to share what he loved took some doing since his grandmother did not write down proper recipes for the dishes RC loved. When RC was about 30 years old he went to visit his grandmother and cooked with her the recipes that were in the family cookbook. Since his grandmother couldn't translate how she measured ingredients over phone calls, RC made it a point to write down everything his grandmother put into her dishes while he was with her. He also credits an iconic restaurant that he worked at when he was a teenager.
“Jackson's was a place that I worked as a busboy and server. I never worked in their kitchen, but I tried to recreate or reincarnate what I remember eating there.”
Jackson's closed about three or four years ago after being in business for over 35 years.
Learn what RC considers his top 6 dishes at Tularosa in Public News #43 coming March 28th.
RC GALLEGOS (center) & THE TULAROSA CREW