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Mambo’s provide good food at cheap prices

By P.J. WILLIAMS

A fun atmosphere, great food, and reasonable prices keep diners coming back for more at the Mambo’s family of restaurants.

As soon as you enter the door at Mambo Seafood, you know you are in for a good time. A brightly-lit jukebox in the middle of the room fills the bright, open dining room with upbeat tunes.

The cocktail bar, neon lit signs, and condiments stored in 6-pack holders at each table gives Mambo’s an icehouse feel. But the restaurant is a family-friendly place for anyone to go for a good time.

The restaurant offers a non-smoking section inside or customers may smoke out on the patio under multicolored umbrellas.

“The patio is really the big thing at this location. When you’re driving down the freeway, it looks like, ‘This is a fun place. I really want to be there,’” said general manager Joel Moreno.

The food tastes as good as the place looks. Fresh seafood is displayed on ice at the counter. Customers can buy by the plate or by the pound.

“This is like a fish market. You can buy it either fresh or we can cook it for you,” Moreno explained.

Lobster Ranchero, oysters on the half shell, and grilled or fried shrimp are the top selling plates. “Everybody’s been telling me about the scampi shrimp,” said one patron visiting from San Antonio. His friends told him he had to come to Houston to eat at Mambo’s.

A constant favorite with customers is the fried seafood combos. Diners take their choice of one or two items and get sides of fries and Mambo shrimp rice for just $7.95.

No matter what your choice, a side of Mambo shrimp rice is an excellent addition. Made fresh when you order it, this fried rice flavored with Mambo’s secret spices is sure to keep you coming back.