HOUSTON Andy s Cafe on 11th Street in the Heights has been a neighborhood favorite since Andy Moraleswas a toddler.

When we opened up in 1977 I was 3 years old, he said.

Morales parents named the Tex-Mex eatery after him, the youngest of their 11 kids.

Dad wouldn t let me touch the money until I learned how to count back change, Morales said.

Morales dad, Jesse, Sr., died in 2000 but his methods live on, like handmade tortillas, the hottest green salsa you have ever had and menudo that s said to have magical powers.

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Menudo is a hangover cure-all. It s usually a Sunday ritual, but we have it every day,
Morales said.

ZZ Top s Billy Gibbons loves the enchiladas. Lyle Lovett eats at Andy s too.

He was in here yesterday for lunch, Morales said. His favorite dish is the huevos rancheros.

The cane guisado is a crowd pleaser.

You can go to New Mexico, they don t have it. Go to Mexico, they don t have it. California doesn t have it. Only in Texas, it s kind of like Tex-Mex soul food, Morales said.

Customers often discover Andy s when they are kids attending nearby schools.

Kind of a hang-out back then and so awesome, and it s still the place to come to, said long time customer, Lupe Cavazos.