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Eat Local: Don Agave Mexican Grill

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Don Agave Mexican Grill, a newly opened Tex Mex restaurant in Spring, Texas is family owned and operated by four cousins: Ricardo Miranda, Jesus Miranda , Salvador Miranda, Rene Zuniga and their nephew Elvin Martínez.

Don Agave Mexican Grill Jesus Miranda , Ricardo Miranda , Elvin Martinez. Photo by Nick Rama
Jesus Miranda , Ricardo Miranda , Elvin Martinez. Photo by Nick Rama

From the outside, it looks like another strip center Mexican restaurant. Yes, Don Agave does have your typical Tex-Mex dishes, but their chef Rene Zúñiga has 30 years of hands-on experience in the restaurant industry. His first week after arriving in Texas, Rene started at a restaurant and has never looked back. The recipes he has learned over the years have been modified with his own spin. The flavors of Mexico can be tasted in the food with every dish brought to your table.

Don Agave Mexican Grill Spring Interior and Exterior
Exterior and interior of Don Agave Mexican Grill. Photo by Nick Rama.

We asked Ricardo why his family chose to open their restaurant in Spring, Texas to which he responded, “Having our own restaurant has always been our dream since we got here to the United States from Guanajuato, Mexico at a young age. We all started working, cleaning tables, then washing dishes, eventually working our way up to waiters, and now having the opportunity to live the American dream, to have our own family owned restaurant.” He further went on to explain that, “We chose Spring specifically, because we saw how many great neighborhoods surround the area. We love how close we are to Wind Rose and Glenloch, and love how positive and nice the people in this community are. We see great potential in this area as it’s growing and more and more people are moving here.”

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The Name

Back in Mexico, their grandfather, and family patriarch, used to grow agaves as a hobby. Growing up, the cousins came up with the name “Don Agave“ which means Mister Agave, and decided to name the restaurant in memory of him.

Speaking of Agave, Don Agave has a full bar with selections of fine tequilas, house frozen / rocks margaritas, mojitos, fresh made to order specialty margaritas, beer and other cocktails. The bar area is a little over 20 foot long and seats 15 people with three TVs to watch some sporting events or news.

Elvin Martinez pouring a Skinny Margarita. Photo by Nick Rama. Don Agave Mexican Grill
Elvin Martinez pouring a Skinny Margarita; Skinny Rita and ½ House Frozen ½ Regular. Photos by Nick Rama.

Happy Hour is all day Monday, and Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Small margarita $4.99 jumbo $6.99. (prices subject to change). Everyday of the week, Don Agave Mexican Grill also has a different flavored margarita special with the  purchase of an entrée.

Community

As a result of the  family’s desire to be heavily involved in their community they have started their efforts by hosting appreciation weeks where they give free queso to a group of community leaders, such as teachers, first responders, and healthcare workers whose efforts they want to highlight.

Don Agave Mexican Grill - Nick’s Local Eats - Drink For Charity poster. Graphics by Jean Allred - Allred Creates Graphic Design / Logo by Graphic Design FX / Picture by Elvin Martinez.
Don Agave Mexican Grill – Nick’s Local Eats – Drink For Charity poster. Graphics by Jean Allred – Allred Creates Graphic Design / Logo by Graphic Design FX / Picture by Elvin Martinez.

Recently Don Agave Mexican Grill has joined Nick’s Local Eats Drink For Charity benefiting Abandoned Animal Rescue (AAR) with their Blue Dog Beer-rita – a signature House Frozen Margarita with a shot of blue curacao and a splash of pineapple/orange juice served with an inverted Blue Moon, a Belgian-style white witbier. For each drink sold $1 will be set aside for AAR.

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Owners’ Favorites

What is your personal perfect meal from start to finish here at DON AGAVE ?  (app, margarita, entrée, dessert)

Elvin Martinez: “The perfect meal for me would have to start with the dirty queso as an appetizer, along with a skinny fresh margarita. For the meal it would be the homemade carnitas which comes out sizzling, and for dessert I would have to have our volcano chocolate cake.”

Ricardo Miranda: “The perfect meal would be starting with a chunky guacamole and a Modelo michelada followed by our Cancun fish, ending with a delicious flan as dessert.”

Housemade Carnitas - Perfectly slow roasted pork Carnitas on a sizzling platter. served with rice, bean soup, pico de Gallo, guacamole and tortillas. Photo by Nick Rama.
Housemade Carnitas – Perfectly slow roasted pork Carnitas on a sizzling platter. served with rice, bean soup, pico de Gallo, guacamole and tortillas. Photo by Nick Rama.

What the regulars order:

  • Appetizers: Dirty Queso and Chunky Guacamole
  • Salads: Taco Salad and Grilled Shrimp Salad
  • Enchiladas: Cheese Enchiladas and Mole Enchiladas
  • Fiesta Platters: Chicken Cilantro and Fish Fiesta
  • Combinations/Deluxe Dinners: Agave Combination and Homemade Carnitas
  • Don Agave Specials: Carne Guisada and Fajitas
  • Tacos: Tacos al Pastor
  • Lunch Specials: Taco Laredo and Supreme Tacos
  • Desserts: Churros and Sopapillas
Cheese Enchiladas plate and The Chef’s Special – A sizzling mix of beef, chicken and shrimp, sautéed bacon and mushrooms, topped with pico de Gallo and smothered with cheese. Served with rice , beans , pico de Gallo and tortillas. Photos by Nick Rama;
Churros and Sopapillas. Photos by Elvin Martinez.

The Bar

Customer Favorite: Top Shelf Margaritas.

Don Agave Margaritas: Margarita Flight

Fresh Handmade Margaritas: Skinny Margarita and the Jalapeño Margarita

Exotic Mojitos: Don Julio Mojito and Pomegranate Mojito

Martinis: Cucumber Martini

Margarita Flight - Mango , Lime , Blue Hawaiian, Strawberry (Photo by Elvin Martinez);  Pomegranate Mojito (Photo by Nick Rama)
Margarita Flight – Mango , Lime , Blue Hawaiian, Strawberry (Photo by Elvin Martinez); Pomegranate Mojito (Photo by Nick Rama)
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Wrapping It all up

The years of experience that this family has together as a team speaks in the service and execution of the dishes on their large menu. Come find your next favorite dish, grab a margarita, or stop by for happy hour by supporting this new restaurant right here in Spring, Texas.

We asked Elvin: What 5 Words to describe Don Agave Mexican Grill?

Family, Delicious, Fresh, Margaritas, Friendly

Fiesta sampler - combination of mixed fajita nachos ,chicken quesadillas, mini chimichanga,and chicken flautas, served with sour cream , jalapeños and queso Photo by Nick Rama.
Fiesta sampler – combination of mixed fajita nachos ,chicken quesadillas, mini chimichanga,and chicken flautas, served with sour cream , jalapeños and queso Photo by Nick Rama.

Don Agave Mexican Grill


Nick Rama is a food writer, contributor of Hello Woodlands, and shares his restaurant experiences on Nick’s Local Eats at NicksLocalEats.com and the TX BBQ, Burgers and Brew Facebook page. Nick enjoys helping the small business owner, supporting his community with fundraising for food banks, and plans tasting events with locally owned mom and pop restaurants.

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