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World Cup 2014



The World Cup is here and we want to make sure you don’t miss any of the action! Enjoy the matches on our large flat-screens, while munching on delicious food, and toasting to every goal with one our award-winning margaritas. So put on your favorite jersey and catch the matches at Cyclone’s June 12th through July 13th.


We’re so excited about the games that we will be offering Happy Hour during all USA and MEXICO matches.

Samples of “Cerveza de Los Muertos”, Pay the Ferry Man Porter and Immortal Beloved Hefeweizen, will be handed out at our CityCentre/Durham locations during the MEXICO VS. CROATIA match on Monday, June 23rd!

Here are some dishes we suggest pairing the beer with:

Immortal Beloved Hefeweizen
Shrimp Salad
Soft Shell Crab Tacos
Chicken Fajitas
Chili Relleno

Pay the Ferry Man Porter
Beef Nachos
Tamarindo Sliders/Sandwich
Betsy’s Tamales
Enchilada Anaya’s
Carne Asada Tampiquena

Photo: Samples of Day of the Dead Beer being handed out at our CityCentre location in Houston, Texas

Global Lime Shortage

Lime Shortage Post

As reported in the New York Times, many factors – drought, disease, and regional violence – have made wholesale prices of limes skyrocket. I reached out to our Research & Development Chef, Jason Gould, to find out how we are dealing with the global lime shortage. Have recipes been altered? Prices been raised? Read on!


Q & A 

with Cyclone Anaya’s Research & Development Chef, Jason Gould

An internationally bad lime harvest lead to a major shortage in the U.S. this year – how have we felt the affects in the kitchen?

We’re definitely feeling the effects, but we find it best to maintain consistency. We have not altered any recipes, and we have not raised our prices. We are not cutting corners because of the shortage. However, instead of assuming our guests want a lime with their beer, water, cocktail, etc – we now ask. Limes are on request.

Right now, prices are higher than they’ve ever been – have you altered recipes or prices, if not, do you have plans to?

No. We can’t – it is what it is. There is always something with a price spike, we expect this. In the food industry you have to roll with the punches.

How have you managed waste and prep levels?

Limes are never wasted – we just cut them up and use them. They are not just garnish. We mostly use the juice from the lime. When used for garnish we are more conscious of how big the slices are.

Have you educated your staff on the change in price trends? If everyone is aware of what is going on, does it help you manage costs better?

Yes, they are aware and we are definitely not over preparing anymore.

What are some of the dishes offered that use fresh lime juice?

Dressings, Ceviche, Guacamole, Key-Lime Pie, and drinks!

How is the quality of lime that you are receiving?

Unfortunately, they are smaller in size and are not yielding as much juice.

Which has felt the shortage more – the kitchen or bar?




We’re definitely feeling the shortage, but we find it best to maintain consistency. We have not altered any recipes, and we have not raised our prices, nor do we have plans to.


Lime Facts

– About 1,000 limes are used a week per Cyclone’s location. We use over 300,000 limes per calendar year.

– A severe drought, citrus greening disease (Huanglongbing), harsh winter, and Mexican Drug Cartels have pushed wholesale prices of limes up significantly this year.

– Some Airlines have stopped offering limes in their in-flight beverage service.

“We still serve limes, though they’re more difficult to source. So, on some flights we’re substituting with lemons,” – United spokesman

“We temporarily pulled limes about two weeks ago, due to skyrocketing lime prices,” – Alaska Airlines spokeswoman

February 2014 – California Wine Trip!

Last week, Republic National Distributing Company generously hosted the Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen corporate team on a trip to Napa, Sonoma, and San Francisco. Eric and Jennifer of Republic wined and dined our team in style! We visited five wineries – Simi, Korbel, Kendall-Jackson, Trinchero, and Darioush. Our trip was both educational and recreational. Many, many wines were tasted, some of which will be seen on our new wine menu (April 1st)!

IMG_1909Korbel Champagne Cellars – We went on a production tour at Korbel, the science and technology that goes into champagne making is truly fascinating.IMG_1913Korbel Champagne Cellars – World’s Largest Bottle of Champagne. The bottle contains ~1K glasses of bubbly! photoSimi Winery – Luke, who guided us around the winery was very informative! He showed us how the type of glass you drink from affects the aroma & taste of wine. unnamedSimi Winery – The executive chef at Simi served us an amazing dinner with wine parings. 

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Auberge du Soleil – Brunching at a Michelin-star rated restaurant, what a treat!IMG_1970

Trinchero Family Estates – Wine & food pairing! We had lots of short ribs on our trip. IMG_1952Trinchero Family Estates – They paint a red stripe on the center of their barrels so wine drips appear less obvious. 

IMG_1959Trinchero Family Estates – gorgeous cellar!IMG_1976Darioush – a winery noted for limited-production Bordeaux style estate winesof=50,533,399-1Darioush – architecture with Persian influenceof=50,533,399Darioush – excellent wines!unnamed-4Oakland Bay Bridge – Sunset in San Francisco

Valentine’s Day 2014

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Curbside Service at Cyclone Anaya’s

We are excited to introduce our new curbside service! When time is a premium, and dining out is not an option we have you covered. Busy professionals and families can now order ahead and pick up their food easily!

1. Call restaurant & place order – be sure to tell them what car you’re driving.

2. Park in the designated curbside zone and call the restaurant. A staff member will bring your food & bill right to you!


Curbside Service at Cyclone Anaya’s is currently available at the following locations: CITYCENTRE (713) 461-1300, WOODWAY (713) 339-4552, & OAK LAWN (214) 420-0030

NEW! Specialty Tacos

We have been very busy over the past couple of months at Cyclone’s!

Our first location outside of Texas opened in Fairfax, VA. (It was time for us to share our famous margaritas and extraordinary Tex-Mex with another state!) And we introduced Tacos Especiales to our menu. We spent months perfecting these specialty tacos and could not be more excited with how they turned out!

All Tacos Especiales are served with rice and your choice of beans and flour, corn or wheat tortillas. Salsa choices include: Cyclone’s signature salsa verde, creamy chipotle or jalapeño ranch salsa.

Soft Shell Crab Tacos 2 for $10, Slow Roasted Brisket Tacos 2 for $9, Seared Tuna Tacos 2 for $10, Sautéed Lobster Tacos 2 for $11, Crispy Shrimp Tacos 2 for $10



Cyclone’s in Fairfax, VA!

The doors have opened to our first Cyclone’s outside of Texas, in Fairfax, VA! We could not be more excited to bring authentic Tex-Mex to the DC area. Our new store is located at Mosaic – a collection of fine clothing boutiques and restaurants plus premier national retailers and an Angelika Film Center.

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Football Season at Cyclone’s

It’s that wonderful time of year again. Football is back! Come on in & watch the games with delicious food, fantastic service and the best Margaritas in town.

During the Houston Texans & Dallas Cowboys games this season…

Happy Hour prices on drinks & appetizers – Tequila Flights – Featured Shots (ask your server) – Monthly drink specials – Brunch every Saturday & Sunday until 3pm

Take in all the action at Cyclone’s this football season! We have award-winning drinks and large screen TV’s.

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Photos top to bottom & left to right:

Carne Asada a la Tampiquena, Jumbo Frozen & On the Rocks Margaritas, Green Goblin, NFL Field, Mimosa and Rock & Roll Bloody Mary, Crabmeat Nachos, & Crabmeat Omelet

Happy Birthday Carolina!

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to Cyclone’s wife of over 50 years, Carolina! After retiring from the ring and five beautiful children, Carolina, Cyclone, and their family entered the restaurant business in Houston. To this day Cyclone Anaya’s serves many of Carolina’s original homemade recipes. Carolina will be celebrating her birthday in Del Rio, Texas – we are sending all our love, prayers, & many wishes her way!



Salt or no salt? Did you know that tomorrow, July 24th, is National Tequila Day? Today is #NationalTequilaDay Eve. Here at Cyclone’s this is one of our favorite holidays! This month our featured tequila is Riazul – be sure to try it out. Or, if you’re taking a tour of Texas’s best margaritas for Texas Monthly’s Margarita State of Mind, stop by for The Super Cyclone!

Watch Mike Favorite as he demonstrates how to make The Super Cyclone Margarita!

Happy Hour starts tomorrow at 11am. We think it should be National Tequila month.