Tamales and Parties, Cyclone-Style!

 

Believe it or not, the holidays are already upon us! We love this time of year, and we’re prepared to help you have a stress-free and fun holiday season. From Holiday Tamales perfect for gatherings of family and friends to Private Dining and Catering offerings to put on a great event, we’ve got your needs covered!

Holiday Homemade Gourmet Tamales

Just like all good tamales, ours are steeped in family tradition. Year after year, crafted over family gatherings and tamaladas, these time-tested recipes are the perfect Texas comfort food to enjoy throughout the holidays.

This year we’re offering two staple tamale varieties. Our Pork Tamales include perfectly seasoned slow-cooked pork, along with a rich chili gravy. If you prefer chicken, we also offer slow-roasted chicken tamales, served with a house-made spicy tomatillo salsa. Both options are delicious crowd pleasers, so order a few dozen of each!

Each dozen is just $16 and can be ordered by phone or online at cycloneanaya.com/order-online. We recommend placing your order at least 24 hours in advance, but if you would like them sooner, please call the location closest to you to see if they can accommodate your order.

Holiday Parties and Catering

Whether you’re in need of a beautiful space to host a holiday party or you need someone to cater an event or meal at your home, office, or other location, our Catering Team is happy to help!

We have several seasonally decorated private dining areas that can accommodate events of almost any size. Along with the comfort and privacy our rooms provide, we can achieve your vision through an array of pricing and menu options.

If your event is outside of our walls, we have an abundance of ways to help, too. We can cater and staff your large party or event with the same world-class service available in our restaurants. Our team will work with you to put together the perfect menu and serving-style. We also offer delivery or catering to office lunches and events!

Our schedule is booking up fast, so make sure you schedule your event soon! You can reach our team by phone (832.421.8602) or email (catering@cycloneanaya.com) for more information or to book your event.

 


Halloween Frights at Cyclone’s

We’re kicking off our Halloween celebration this Friday and will be monster mashing all the way to Halloween on Tuesday at every Cyclone Anaya’s location! You’ll find spooky decor, beastly beverages, and creepy costume contests!

Starting this Friday, if you dare, you can order our seasonally spiced and scary good Boo Rita! What’s in the Boo Rita? We’ve taken our famous house margarita and added some of your favorite Fall flavors and colors. It starts with a spooky and sweet peach puree mixed in along with everyone’s favorite autumn addition, pumpkin spice! On top of that, literally, is a 1 oz. floater shot of our house tequila.

We’ve packed all of that into a monster-sized jumbo goblet, and are offering it for just $10, all day, Friday through Tuesday! Please enjoy responsibly, because drinks of this magnitude have often been known to turn the living into zombies!

The party doesn’t stop with hair-raising libations; on Saturday night, October 28th, we’ll host costume contests at all locations! Come dressed to the nines with all of your supporting cast. The winners will be chosen by our guests, so bring all the help you can get!

If you dress up, you won’t strut your stuff for nothing! Everyone who participates will go home with a prize. First place will receive a $100 gift card, second place receives a $50 gift card, third place receives a $25 gift card, and all other participants will get a coupon for a free queso!

The contest will start at 8:30PM sharp, so plan to arrive at your favorite Cyclone’s early to be seated well beforehand.

It’s going to be another fun weekend at Cyclone Anaya’s and we look forward to seeing you all there!

Happy Halloween!

 

 


CYCLONE ANAYA’S TOP 5 DRINKS FOR FALL

It’s that time of year; football is back, the sun is setting earlier, and cooler temperatures are on the horizon. Fall is here and we have all the cocktails and beverages you need to celebrate it. Bar Director, Mike Favorite, gave us his list of the best Fall drinks at Cyclone Anaya’s that bring the season to life through flavors and sensations. Check out our list below and let us know what other drinks you enjoy this time of year!

 

5. Old Fashioned
Dating back to at least 1881, this classic cocktail is a wonderful warming Fall drink. Of course, our Old Fashioned consists Bourbon, bitters, sugar, and soda water, with a maraschino cherry and orange slice garnish. Ask any one of our talented bartenders to craft one for you the next time you’re in!

 

4. Saint Arnold’s Elissa IPA
Who doesn’t like to enjoy a cold one during the game, and what better than a local brew? Saint Arnold’s Elissa IPA is brewed right here in Houston by Texas’ oldest craft brewery. It’s a traditional IPA (India pale ale) with lots of hoppiness, but the bitter flavor typically found in IPA’s is very mild in this beer. The deep, rich flavor of the Elissa is perfect for a crisp Fall afternoon.

 

3. Mimosa
Speaking of good drinks to have during the game, our brunch sets up nicely for a full day of football! Every Saturday and Sunday, from the minute we open until 3 PM, we have every brunch lover’s favorite special: Penny Mimosa Refills. After $11 for the first glass, you can start your own champagne-and-orange-juice-fueled party. Enjoy these quintessential brunch beverages with a wide array of brunch bites. From Tex-Mex favorites, to pancakes, and seafood dishes, we have meals for any palate.

 

2. Cyclone’s Coffee
Once the Texas heat begins to subside, that refreshing Fall chill will hit the air. There’s nothing better to warm your body and spirit than Cyclone’s Coffee. Our special house blend from local coffee roaster, Katz Coffee, is served with Amaretto, Irish cream, and coffee liqueur. Caught up in PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) fever? We can add the same great pumpkin taste to make a cocktail that’s oozing with Fall flavor.

 

1. Roasted Jalapeño Margarita
A margarita had to be at the top of the list from the restaurant who brought the Jumbo Margarita to Houston, right? Spicy cocktails are popping up all over the place, and as the weather cools, you’re going to want a drink that brings the heat. Our Roasted Jalapeño Margarita is a great option for margarita lovers who are looking for the same kick. The subtle smoke of Cazadores Reposado tequila, with agave, lime juice, and a roasted jalapeño, will deliver the fiery taste and aroma you’re after.


READY TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL TACO DAY?

Wednesday, October 4th, is the food holiday that every Houstonian has circled on their calendars: National Taco Day!

We’re celebrating the big day with two decadent new taco plates that will have you counting down the hours until they’re released. Each plate is just $11 and comes with two tacos, Mexican Rice & Charro Beans.

 

Introducing our Jalisco Fajita Tacos and Brisket Fundido Tacos:

Jalisco Fajita Tacos
Fresh flour tortillas stuffed with marinated chicken breast, grilled and glazed with cilantro butter, then carved and crowned with Jalisco sauce made of roasted chipotles, mushrooms, and chardonnay cream, topped with pico-de-gallo and white shredded cheese

 

Brisket Fundido Tacos
Fresh flour tortillas stuffed with roasted shredded brisket in adobo juices, folded with mixed white cheeses, cracked corn tortillas, peppered onions, roasted corn salsa, blistered grape tomatoes & sliced avocado

Wash down these heavenly handfuls with a Dos Equis, Tecate, or Modelo! We’ll see you soon!

 


New Owners, Same Cyclone’s

Hey Cyclone’s Fans! You may have seen the news that we’re now part of Heritage Restaurant Group, family-owned and operated and based right here in Houston. Both of us have deep roots in our community, which makes this a really great fit.

We’re excited to continue the same tradition of classic Tex-Mex fare and world-class service that has made us a Houston staple. As the restaurant that brought you the Jumbo Margarita, Cyclone Anaya’s has been an important part of the history of Tex-Mex in this city and beyond.

Have no fear, your favorite dishes, drinks, and specials aren’t changing or going anywhere, and our famously potent margaritas will remain just as refreshing. There’s a reason generations of Houstonians have come to love our made-from-scratch dishes and lively cocktails, so we plan on keeping those just the way you like them. To keep things fresh, we will introduce some new, innovative menu options that we know you’ll enjoy, too. Maybe your next favorite Cyclone’s dish will be debuted soon!

We’re also recommitting ourselves to provide world-class service and an unforgettable experience to all of our guests. We’d like you to continue to provide feedback about your visits to us. If you have a question, concern, or would like to give one of our employees a high-five, please email us at cycloneanayamanagement@cycloneanaya.com.

We appreciate all the love and support that you’ve given us throughout the years, and we look forward to maintaining and exceeding the high standards you’ve come to expect. We hope to see you here soon!


Summer at Cyclone’s

As those comfortable spring days fade away, the summer sun will soon have you searching for refuge from its intense heat. The key to surviving these sweltering months is a mix of cool drinks and refreshing eats that will take your mind off the brutal elements.

Cyclone Anaya’s can be your summer survival headquarters, with plenty of seasonal treats to keep you cool on even the hottest of days. Here are a few of our favorites to enjoy this time of year.

Seafood Ceviche

If, like us, you think seafood and summer are a match made in heaven, you’re probably already craving one of the most refreshing dishes on our menu. Featuring fresh scallops, shrimp, and fish cured in lime juice and herbs, it’s a perfect respite from the heat and humidity lurking outside. You’ll love the fried plantains served alongside the ceviche, too!

Hornitos Pineapple Smash Margarita

This award-winning rita might be the most refreshing margarita you’ll ever have. It starts with the Sauza Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila, which is particularly smooth after being aged in American Oak barrels, giving it sweet notes of caramel and creamy vanilla. Paired with agave nectar, pineapple juice, and mint sprigs, it’s the perfect combination of refreshing ingredients, making this a go-to drink on a hot summers day.

Hibiscus Sangria

Who doesn’t love sangria in the summertime? Our refreshing house blend of Corzo Silver Tequila, Hibiscus juice, fresh lemon, blackberries and sparkling rosé is an explosion of flavors. While listed on our brunch cocktail list, you’ll want to enjoy this beverage any time of day.

Mexican-Style Eloté

We’re serving this popular Mexican street food with our gourmet spin. Using only Texas-grown corn, it’s grilled and topped with a house-made cilantro lime cream sauce, onions, and a generous portion of cojita cheese. This summer snack will quickly become one of your favorites.

Guiltless Mojitos

Summer means beach season and beach season means trying to stay trim. Our Guiltless Mojitos are perfect for anyone looking for a lighter cocktail. They may be low in calories (under 130), but they are high on flavor. You’ll get the taste of summer with choices like Blueberry Coconut, Raspberry Elderflower, Pomegranate Grapefruit, and Mango Pineapple Fusion.

 

Tuna Salad

Speaking of light food and drink options, our Tuna Salad is an ideal summer meal for lunch or dinner. A seared tuna steak is placed on top of a bed of mixed greens, with diced avocado, mango, and tomato, then finished with a cilantro lime vinaigrette; the ideal complement to the tuna, fruit, and veggies.


Top 5 Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

Cinco de Mayo is just one week away, which has us dreaming of festive libations of all shapes and sizes. At Cyclone Anaya’s, we have a whole host of options for anyone celebrating, with flavors that will please palates that like them sweet, spicy, strong, or anything in between.

Here are our top picks, including old favorites and fresh features, that will put you in the perfect mood for an all day all night Cinco de Mayo party!


  1. Anaya’s Spicy Strawberry Margarita

Do you like a little fire with your firewater? Then the perfect blend of sweet and spice in this margarita is for you. It consists of Corazon Blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, strawberry puree, and fiery habañero. Bearing our founder’s name, it’s just as big and bold as he was; indulge at your own risk!


  1. The Skinny Margarita

As the weather heats up, many folks are hitting the gym trying to get back in shape for the beach this Summer. If you don’t want to let Cinco de Mayo get in the way of your fitness goals, give our skinny margarita a go. It’s a margarita stripped down to the basics: 1800 Silver or Reposado tequila, fresh lime juice, and Splenda. Amazing!


  1. Fronnie’s Cuervo Bomb

If you really want to have a blast this Cinco de Mayo, this margarita is a must try. Simple, yet powerful, you should have a ride lined up before placing your order. It’s our famous house margarita in either the regular or jumbo size, frozen or on the rocks, with a shot of Jose Cuervo dropped in. Pro Tip: The shot drop into a jumbo rocks margarita is dramatic and magical!


  1. Texas Peach

It wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without at least one tequila shot, right? Showcasing 1800 Silver Tequila, made from 100% blue agave, this shooter also includes peach puree, orange juice, and pineapple juice. The fruit flavors complement the premium smooth tequila well, making this shot go down maybe a little too easy…


  1. Houston’s Original Jumbo Margarita

The margarita is a Cinco de Mayo staple, and of course, bigger is better! That’s why we invented the now widespread jumbo margarita back in 1978. The ingredients are still a closely guarded secret, but anyone who’s tried it knows the medley of flavor, strength, smoothness make this the perfect margarita. It’s a must-have for any Cinco de Mayo celebration; and while you’re enjoying it, read more about its story here: http://cycloneanaya.com/houstons-original-jumbo-margarita


Come out to any Cyclone Anaya’s location on Cinco de Mayo to try any and all of these choice concoctions! We’re throwing the biggest party of the year with DJs, giveaways, promotions, and most importantly, a plethora of margaritas and other festive drinks!

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PAIRING WINES WITH YOUR FAVORITE CYCLONE’S DISHES

Everyone knows that nothing goes better with our made-from-scratch recipes than a jumbo margarita, but what if you’re in the mood for something a little different?

Our extensive wine list features reds, whites, and everything in between that can add another level of enjoyment to your meal. We’ve asked Chef Jason Gould for his recommendations on which wines pair well with some of our most popular items. Here’s what he had to say:

Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Nachos & La Cream Chardonnay

“The butteriness of the La Crema add a richness to this already opulent dish.”

 

Seafood Ceviche & Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

“The crisp quality of this wine blends perfectly with fresh clean flavors of our Seafood Ceviche.”

 

Betsy’s Tamales & Layer Cake Pinot Noir

“The tart fruit notes of this pinot brings out the unique flavors of the ancho peppers within this dish”

 

Crawfish Enchiladas & Cupcake Prosecco

“You can’t go wrong with sweet bubbles and seafood.”

 

Brisket Tacos & Upper Cut Cabernet Sauvignon

“The rich fruity qualities of this cabernet pair well with the smokiness of the chipotle used in our signature spice mix.”

 

Wood–Fire Grilled Baby Back Ribs & The Dreaming Tree “Crush”

“The sweet tangy flavor of our house-made ancho honey barbecue sauce enhance the raspberry flavors of this wine.”

 

Enchiladas Anaya’s & Seven Falls Merlot

“The subtle flavors of cherry, cocoa, and herbs in this Merlot bring out the depth of character in this dish.”

 

Carne Asada a la Tampiqueña & Campo Viejo Tempranillo

“The earthy undertones of the tempranillo pair well with the spicy charbroiled skirt steak.”

 

Pollo Jalisco & Meiomi Pinot Noir

“This lush & fruity pinot balances the creamy smoky flavors of our Pollo Jalisco, sauteed in cilantro butter and topped with mushrooms and our special chipotle cream sauce.”

Our food and wine menus are full of variety and flavors to please even the most discerning palates. We encourage you to give these pairing recommendations a try, then let us know what you think. Join us on a Monday or Tuesday for #WineDown, our half-price wine bottle promotion, to experiment at half the cost!

 

 

 


Get the Most out of Crawfish Season at Cyclone Anaya’s

If you haven’t already heard, Crawfish Season is in full swing! People are searching far and wide for tasty “mud bugs” to munch on. We’re diving head-first into the craze this year with a Signature Cyclone’s Crawfish Boil on top of our annual seasonal favorite, Crawfish Enchiladas!

Just like everything at Cyclone Anaya’s, we’re doing our first Crawfish Boil BIG! You won’t find any scrawny crawdads here. We’ve chosen some of the biggest crawfish in Houston to give you a big reward for all of that peeling. You’ll also find unmatched flavor under those bright red shells, as Chef Jason Gould has put together the perfect signature spice blend. While not too spicy, they have the perfect amount of the Cajun heat you’re looking for. Each pound of crawfish will be served with potatoes and grilled corn for just $8.50. If you like the potatoes and corn as much as we think you will, you can order an extra serving for $1.50.

To help wash everything down, we’re making happy hour margarita and beer prices available to anyone ordering crawfish, no matter what time of day. There’s nothing better than a jumbo margarita or cold beer to go along with a few pounds of crawfish! You can try them out at our location in the Heights, on Durham, every Thursday and Friday, all day, and on Saturdays from 1PM to 6PM, or until they’re all gobbled up!

As always, we’re also offering our Crawfish Enchiladas, a fan favorite! With crawfish tails sautéed in garlic butter, wrapped in tortillas, and served with chipotle cream sauce, how could they not be? If you’re looking for a new spin on your favorite Cajun flavors, this dish is for you. You can find this seasonal special at all of our Texas locations, seven days a week.

Between our Cyclone’s Signature Crawfish by the pound and Crawfish Enchiladas, Cyclone Anaya’s is a mud bug lover’s dream! Grab your friends and swing by to try these seasonal specials while they last. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

 


Houston’s Original Jumbo Margarita

The Jumbo Margarita has become a staple in Houston, as many recent Super Bowl visitors quickly found out! But did you know this gargantuan refreshment originated right here at Cyclone Anaya’s? We’ve been serving this colossal cocktail since we invented it in 1978! Since then, the craze has grown even bigger than the jumbo glass it resides in. This is how it all got started.

Cyclone Anaya’s has, and always will be, a family owned and operated restaurant. Back in the 1970’s, the whole family was intimately involved in day-to-day operations and service. Grandparents, children, including current owners Rico and Vienna, and cousins helped out anywhere they were needed. Vienna and her Grandfather, known as “CP” or “Chop-Chop” because of his vegetable chopping duties, worked behind the bar.

At that time, and since they opened in 1966, Cyclone Anaya’s was a beer bar. With 18 different beers on tap, an incredible selection at the time, customers were happy and regular. Many of those beers were served in large Coors goblets. While business was booming, Cyclone knew the addition of liquor drinks would grow the customer base even more, so he decided to send Vienna to bartending school.

Upon her graduation, she returned and began to concoct the first Cyclone Anaya’s margarita. The whole family was involved, trying and sampling all kinds of ingredients and portions to find just the right mix, and eventually, they did.

Cyclone Anaya was larger-than-life, not surprising for a world champion wrestling superstar, so it was only natural for the first margarita served to be larger-than-life, too! One problem: no one made margarita glasses that big! They would instead use the huge Coors goblets to serve their jumbo margaritas.

Cyclone Anaya’s began selling the first jumbo margaritas in Houston in 1978 for just five dollars, and they were an immediate hit! Local politicians, football players, visiting wrestlers, and the community at-large flocked to the restaurant for the mighty drink (as anyone who’s tried them knows, mighty in more ways than one!). From that moment on, the jumbo margarita became a staple in Houston and our signature cocktail.

For almost 40 years now we’ve used the same time-tested recipe for our margaritas, and they’re as popular as ever. We’re so lucky to have so many loyal guests and employees who have helped us continue this tradition our family started so long ago. We hope you can stop by again soon for Houston’s Original Jumbo Margarita!