Originally posted by PapaJoe8
Olth, many beleive El Fenix started the Tex Mex revolution.
I don't think so papj. Robb Walsh's book on Tex-Mex says El Fenix was founded in 1918. That same year, Felix Tijuerina took a job as a busboy at the Original Mexican Cafe on Main Street in Houston, which had been inspired by a place of the same name in San Antonio. The Original Mexican Cafe in Galveston, still in existence, claims 1916 for it's start.
Actually, Tex-Mex undoubtedly started in far south Texas so all we're talking about is when it moved north.
BTW, the Felix Tijuerina mentioned later had his own place, the Mexican Inn, also on Main. When that failed in the depression he went on to found Felix Mexican restaurants ca. 1935. The last of those, mentioned by Texianjoe above, is still in operation.