The winners of the 2019 Tacos Over Texas competition.

Let's catch up with some mid-week news and notes from the city's food scene:

Last weekend, The Original Ninfa's on Navigation and El Tiempo Cantina hosted one of the city's coolest food competitions. The second Tacos Over Texas, held Sunday at Ninfa's on Navigation (it was originally scheduled for April 7 but postponed because of rain), raised more than $150,000 for the Ninfa Laurenzo Scholarship Fund, which helps students of need who seek to positively change their communities.

And in case you were ever wondering who would win a taco-off between these two beloved eateries, first place at Tacos Over Texas went to one of the hosts, as Ninfa's' Alex Padilla cooked up a lamb barbacoa taco with lamb broth shooter. Other finalists included Killen's TMX (second place) and Laurenzo's (third place), while Michael and David Cordúa Events took the people's choice award, and Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen won most creative.

Meanwhile, Revival Market has a new chef de cuisine. Steve Lamborn, who spent the last seven years working as executive sous chef at The Pass and Provisions, has joined Agricole Hospitality to run the kitchen at its butcher shop and cafe in The Heights. Lamborn, who is originally from Delaware and worked for a decade in the Philadelphia area before coming to Houston, hopes to add more seafood to the menu and potentially launch a small bread program. 

Jonesing for some evening barbecue? Head to Fluff Bake Bar tonight for a Truth BBQ takeover of Rebecca Masson's popular bakery. The menu curated by Truth owner Leonard Botello IV includes Oaxacan cheese sausage, BBQ gumbo, beef cheek tacos, and birthday cake ice cream cake, among other items. The full experience is $51.75 with slots available from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Order your ticket here.

For those who know they'll still be hankering for barbecue, while also longing for Tex-Mex and a variety of beers come July, there's some particularly good news. The Houston Barbecue Festival and Saint Arnold Brewing Company are uniting to host the inaugural Tex-Mex BBQ Block Party, scheduled for July 14 at the brewery's Beer Hall and adjacent parking lot. The event aims to celebrate up-and-coming pitmasters fusing Tex-Mex and Tejano cuisine with Central Texas barbecue. Participants include Willow's Texas BBQ, Eddie O's Texas Barbecue, JQ's Tex-Mex BBQ, and others. Tickets are $60, and come with unlimited samples of BBQ and Saint Arnold beer, and can be purchased here.

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Willow's Texas BBQ

$$ Barbecue 1005 W. 19th Street

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$$ Dessert 314 Gray St.

There’s a friendly look to Fluff Bake Bar, owing to its space—as light and airy as a meringue—and the small milk bottles full of daisies that top its tables....

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$$$ American/New American 807 Taft St.

There’s nothing snooty going on at Provisions, as evidenced by the playful, boisterous dining room, walled with reclaimed basketball court flooring. In the o...

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The Pass

$$$$ American/New American 807 Taft St.

The Pass is the high-end, contemporary dining room where chefs Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner demonstrate what can be done with delicate ingredien...

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Revival Market

$$ American/New American, Café 550 Heights Blvd.

Since 2011, co-owners Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber have been bringing back the neighborhood butcher shop with house-cured meat and carefully curated specialty ...

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Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen

$$$ Seafood, Southern 1212 Waugh Dr.

Founded in 1982 as Tony Mandola’s Blue Oyster Bar on the Gulf Freeway, this stalwart seafood favorite has since moved to Montrose, where the Mandola family—w...

Laurenzo's Restaurant

$$ Steak 4412 Washington Ave.

This old-school throwback reminds one of simpler times, when families still got together over Sunday prime rib. Not coincidentally, Laurenzo’s offers one of ...

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El Tiempo Cantina

$$ Mexican/Tex-Mex Multiple Locations

The legacy of Mama Ninfa Laurenzo lives on throughout Houston, both at the original Ninfa’s on Navigation and at the El Tiempo chain of restaurants, now run ...

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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

$$ Mexican/Tex-Mex 2704 Navigation Blvd.

The matriarch of Tex-Mex in Houston is still going strong in its original home on Navigation, where Mama Ninfa Laurenzo started a 10-table restaurant in the ...