Killen's TMX

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64 reviews
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At his latest endeavor, celebrated chef and restaurateur Ronnie Killen invites patrons to experience Mexican flavors through his eyes.

A third-generation Texan well-versed in Tex-Mex cuisine, Killen has developed an immense passion for Mexican ingredients, regional dishes and traditional preparations, which he has studied extensively during his travels.

On our menu, you’ll find both classic Tex-Mex plates enriched with elements of barbecue, as well as Texas-tinged interpretations of Mexican fare, all made with fresh, quality ingredients and elevated through simple techniques. From scratch-made moles and salsas to house-ground corn tortillas, each detail is thoughtfully prepared to create a transportive experience at your table.

We look forward to sharing it with you.
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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner at Killen’s TMX. We started with the guacamole and grilled octopus appetizers. The guacamole was prepared exactly as we as a family love - seasoned well and prepared fresh without being over garnished! The octopus was cooked perfectly. For entrees our 9-yr old son had a cheese quesadilla that he devoured and my husband and I split the brisket enchiladas and grouper. Both of our meals were fantastic - my husband like the rice a lot and commented that it was much better than other Tex-mex only restaurants in the area. We also got the grilled Mexican street corn which was super flavorful. We left very satisfied with our meal.

The service is outstanding and both my husband and I commented during dinner that it was not a noisy restaurant but very pleasant to enjoy your meal and conversation!

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KS
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food pretty interesting. New twists on typical Mexican food. Beef street tacos were good, enjoyed the corn empanadas, but there were only three and they were small. Chicken fajitas were good but typical, brisket quesadillas were very good, brisket enchiladas were excellent, mouse for dessert was not my favorite and very small to share. Service was excellent.

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CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! We will be back. The servers were excellent!

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WO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 4

We love the Killen's steak, BBQ, and burger joint; unfortunately, we can't say the same for TMX. We were expecting to be blown away with the quality of the food but we were very disappointed. I really hope they improve the food quality in the future.

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E
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience. The dishes we order which were mostly appetizers so we can experience all the flavors were delicious. Our waiter was knowledgeable about all the dishes and even threw in some recommendations. Like all the Killen’s establishments we were very pleased. Can’t wait to go again.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every plate was delicious. The grilled octopus was tender, the scallops with green mole (it could be put on anything) were buttery, and the churros with spiced chocolate were delicate and soooo tasty. We plan to come back and try more!

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KB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Killen's TMX was fantastic! The food was exceptional! We celebrated a birthday, so had appetizers, entrees, dessert and cocktails... each was a flavor extravaganza! The smokiness of the dishes took everything to another level! Our server Charlie was awesome- we were ready to make him honorary family by the end! I was happily surprised by how reasonable the prices were. That kind of quality and originality generally costs a good deal more! This will be a regular stop for us!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zack is amazing! Thank you :)

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Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ronnie has done it again!! We had a spectacular experience at TMX. The margaritas, appetizers, entrees & dessert had us oohing and ahhing. I’ve been day dreaming of the food and can’t wait to go back and try other menu items. Our waiter for the evening was Andrew. He was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and gave great recommendations. This young man had the BEST personality and had our table laughing. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a taste of non-typical Mexican restaurant fares.

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!

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i
Houston
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience door to door. I had the Don Manuel mezcal cocktail. First experience with mezcal in a cocktail and it was smokey and tasty! Pork belly chicharron was crispy and soft tasty goodness -- all in one bite. I enjoyed the brisket empañadas but they weren't super special. Smoked scallops got an 8 out 10 from my husband and I enjoyed the Waygu beef fajitas. We had the churros for desert which was a tasty finish. Service was outstanding. Matthew let us set the pace and was attentive without being annoying. All in all we will be back!!!

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SP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Uncle Julios is so much better. Killens need to improve on menu and price 4th reseraunt in that place hope he make it.

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TR
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food & service. Not cheap but you get at least what you pay for probably more.

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TT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The two hostesses (dressed in matching Mexican dresses) were not friendly, basically greeted us with indifference, and overall service was slow. Our brisket queso was served without chips. By the time the chips came, the queso was starting to cool. Entrees and drinks also were slow to arrive. However, the red snapper and grouper entrees were excellent (taste and presentation), as were the corn empanadas. The beef and chicken fajitas were good, but the portion size was small, the tortillas were tiny (street taco size), and rice and beans were not included with the fajitas - a real misstep, even for a restaurant seeking to elevate the Tex Mex experience. When it comes to fajitas, rice and beans are not a “side dish.” The brisket quesadillas were good but were greasy. A potato/chorizo side dish lacked salt. Overall, the restaurant seems torn over exactly what type of restaurant it wants to be. Because we love Killen’s Steakhouse, we will give TMX another try after they have settled in following the soft opening.

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OR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed our time At Killens TMX will be back

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We are HUGE fans of Killen's BBQ & Steakhouse but TMX fell short for us.

Margaritas were horrible - way to sweet.

The handblown glass from wherever (I forgot) was a nice touch but three of our four glasses had rough edges that we caught before they cut our lips.

We waited on water and chip refills too long. Our water person never stopped by - I had to ask our head waiter for refills every time. Our head waiter was great!!!

Ordered cream corn empanadas - delicious appetizer. I encourage you to try!

Wagyu fajitas arrived cool - sent them back then they were exactly what we expected - very delicious. We ordered the extra timings for the fajitas - very small portions - only enough for two tiny tacos - requested only sour cream and cheese the second time - good serving sizes that round.

No refried beans - not a deal breaker but some of our table do not care for black beans. Those who did not want black beans opted for a side of corn which they said fell of the cob - very tasty.

Strawberries and cream plus churros for dessert - yummmmmy!

Overall - food was good but nothing I would drive to that side of town for - especially since margaritas weren’t drinkable and we love our margaritas with Mexican! But it is the best Mexican on that side of town. It’s worth a visit. We will give it another try.

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CM
Houston
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was underwhelmed, a first for a Killen's restaurant, my food was ok, service was attentive but rushed.
Truly less than I'd anticipated. Maybe, we just got unlucky with our order

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TR
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family tried out Killen's latest addition to their restaurant family in Pearland, Tex Mex, and it did not disappoint. I have always loved Killen's attention to quality ingredients, delicious recipes, and slow-cooked, quality meats. Their Tex Mex restaurant combines their famous BBQ and Wagyu meats with tamales, fajitas, and enchiladas. I got the Wagyu fajitas and these were to die for. My family also got chicken and brisket enchiladas and the brisket quesadillas and both were excellent. Black beans and rice were served with the enchilada and quesadilla plates. Chips and salsa came were complimentary, the green salsa was a fresh tomatillo sauce and the red salsa even had flavoring from the brisket. Next time I am going to try one of the Mexican influenced Gulf seafood plates. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We ordered the Tex-Mex menu items which tasted more like Killen's bbq than Mexican food. A little too greasy for ua. Maybe will try their other entries next time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Flavors were amazing. Could tell there was some work put into the research and development of the menu. Wait staff was a little slow on the chips and drinks but when the food hit we felt a little rushed. So maybe spend just a little time working with them on those details. Had a great time though!

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SH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Only one week after opening, so no surprise that the waits for food were too long. The food itself was excellent as expected. Dining room layout needs refinement as it was very cramped. Signature short rib was excellent but I'd prefer it paired with a side or at least tortillas as otherwise it's just a huge plate of meat. Desserts we're awesome all around.

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My margarita was delicious and the salsa was addicting!

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JC
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best frozen margarita I’ve had. I don’t use superlatives for food, so “best” is not hyperbole. Really excellent red salsa - mild chipotle flavor. Liked the green salsa - unusual. Superior chips. Pork belly appetizer - i’m a sucker & it was a Killen’s specialty - loved it. Corn empanadas were delightful - thanks Ryan! I wondered if the tamale would be worth it. It WAS! Cold Smoked Scallops were outstanding. Churros unlike any other - light & crispy with delicious chocolate dipping sauce. Got full on wonderful food. …wish I’d had more room so I could try some more.

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JS
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. The food was great, the service was better. Matthew was our waiter and did a great job. This is a high end Mexican restaurant with a steak house feel and service. Definitely will be back many times.

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DA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with exceptional service! Food was very good with no rush to get you out the door.

Highly recommend and will be returning again soon.

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CA
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For dinner we had the smoked Scallops with green mole, the Snake River Fajitas, the Barbacoa Rib, Chili Con Queso With Brisket. It was all amazing!! The margaritas are hand crafted & very good as well. For dessert we had the Tres Leches Bread pudding & the Churros W/house made Mexican chocolate & cinnamon ice cream. Both desserts were also very good! Charlie was our server, he was so friendly and knowledgeable!

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M
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good ... can’t wait until the menu gets more stuff on it

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1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and I'm looking forward to the menu expanding. Started with the short rib empanadas. The papusas were awesome, the fajitas were like butter, perfectly cooked and delicious; and well what can I say about the brisket tacos, I mean it's Ronnie Killen. His brisket is always on par and the dish did not disappoint. Desserts: Churros with creamy melted chocolate sauce and the smoothest strawberries and cream. Our favorite thing however, was the grilled corn elote. It's on the menu as a side but I'd order 2 of it as an appetizer next time and ask for extra sauce because if the ambiance wasn't so nice, we'd have licked the dish. We will definitely be back.

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f
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Highly anticipated. Food did not disappoint. Everything was delicious. The drinks were intense! Can’t wait to go back! The only thing I didn’t like was that the hostess asked us if we had closed out our tab at the bar before she seated us, and then someone else came up to us after her to ask us the exact same thing.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! And the service was amazing. We will definitely be regulars!

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j
Houston
54 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Service was a bit slow, but I will give it a pass due to being open just a couple of weeks. The house margarita was delicious. I had the puposa and it was presented beautifully. Deserts were also top notch. Looking forward to returning.

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RD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall, it was ok and not as good as the other three Pearland Killen’s restaurants. We had a party of five on a Sunday night and were seated promptly. The service was very slow and lacking at times even though it looked like it was well staffed. Our two drinks from the bar took forever and mine was mostly crushed ice with very little actual drink. Ironically, the water given to every guest was lukewarm and not refreshing at all. Water refills were not given until we were done eating and again, the water was lukewarm.
The food was tasty and hot, but I did not feel like it was a good value for a family; we can get a similar meal that is as tasty and hot for less than half the price we paid at Killen’s TMX. I’m not looking to return anytime soon.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Lots of smoky flavors. The short rib empanadas and steak fajitas were excellent!

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R
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I had been following the progress of this restaurant’s opening pretty much since the beginning. So as soon as I could book, I did. I got a Saturday night slot.

I live in the energy corridor and loved STQ, so thought this would definitely be worth the drive to Pearland. However, as much as I wanted to love this place... I just couldn’t.

So first impressions, the opentable suggested dress code is business casual. My group were the only people in there that got that memo. We were greeted by the hostess and led to our table.

Full disclosure, I am no Mexican, Tex-Mex expert... but I like to eat and know what I like.

For a Mexican inspired restaurant, I felt like there were not enough Margarita options.

There were lots of food options. However, I strongly recommend you train your servers better. One of our party was keen to have some of the fish dishes, when they asked what was good the response was “I don’t like fish dishes but that one tastes less fishy”. We had the cream corn empanadas and a cold seafood appetiser (I don’t remember the name of it as I didn’t eat any of it). The starters were just ok, nothing to be excited about. From the members that ate the seafood dish, which included prawns, they found there was a lot of shell left on them. For the mains, my husband had the short rib, which he enjoyed. The rest of the group had the steak fajitas (because we didn’t want fish based on a “fishiness” scale). They were just ok, despite being Wagyu beef.

We decided to pass on dessert and finished with a $200 bill for 4 people (food, wine, cocktails & tip). The price seemed ok.

However, the experience won’t make me drive to Pearland again. I’ll stick to STQ for special occasions.

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JN
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good, but not quite to the expectations (fair or unfair) of a restaurant with Killen's name. Salsas were great, the house margarita was also very good, but the food was nothing that can't be found at probably two dozen other Tex Mex places across town. I probably won't make the drive here again.

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TT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant and delicious food. I highly recommend the short rib empanadas and churros for dessert. The only snag was the service toward the end of our meal. Our server, Larry, kinda forgot about us when several customers showed up that he knew so regulars from the other restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seems like another Killen winner. Great food, and the restaurant is an overall great experience

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a welcome addition to Pearland. Fresh ingredients and innovative preparations. Anxious to go back. .

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L
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

First of all, the staff was amazing. We had early reservations because we have 4 kids 6 and under. 2 of them were being children, if you know what I mean. The hostess brought activities for them to do and tried to make us as comfortable as we could be. She was an angel. The waiter was very attentive and helpful with the new menu. Our water glasses were filled regularly without asking.

Chips and salsa were fresh and very flavorful, my favorite being the smokey red salsa. For dinner I had the brisket enchilada, which consisted of 2 enchiladas with pretty average corn tortillas, cheese and sauce. What made them extraordinary was the brisket on the inside. Very tasty. My husband had the short rib plate, which he agreed was moist and flavorful, but was left confused with the tortillas it came with and no other sides. He simply ate the meat and left the extra carbs.

There was no kids menu printed, but they offered a handful of options. Kids had cheese quesadillas, grilled chicken, rice and beans. The quesadillas and beans were pretty basic, but the chicken and rice were delicious.

A little bit pricey for us to frequent too often, being a family of 6, but another thumbs up from us for Killen.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Ordered chicken fajitas for 2. Was able to get 3 tacos out of it. Small portion, not for two. Fajitas were very tender. Rice and beans do not come with the order, it's an extra $5 for each order. This is unusual. Ordered Tinga enchiladas. Tinga is typically a shredded chicken in a tinga sauce (I should know, I'm Mexican). We got chicken fajita inside the enchilada which was smothered in a brown chili sauce. Not authentic, but very TexMex. Definitely not Tinga. Corn tortillas were not homemade, tasted like out of a bag. Ordered scallops with green mole sauce. Mole sauce was too runny. Went for a late dinner. Felt like they may have watered it down to make it last. Wouldn't stay on the scallops. Scallops were cooked perfectly. I understand this is just the first couple of weeks, but first impressions are important. Maybe I just went in with high expectations. Willing to try it one more time after menu changes. I think their plan is to changing it up after a while.

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