Houston couple brings dream of owning taco eatery to Cypress with Mex Taco House

Street tacos include mini corn tortillas filled with a choice of meat along with charro beans, cilantro and grilled onions. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Street tacos include mini corn tortillas filled with a choice of meat along with charro beans, cilantro and grilled onions. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)

Street tacos include mini corn tortillas filled with a choice of meat along with charro beans, cilantro and grilled onions. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Abel and Jessica Frausto own and operate Mex Taco House in Cypress. (Courtesy Mex Taco House)
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The torta contains beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese, crema, guacamole and a choice of meat. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Jessica and Abel Frausto’s aspiration to open their own restaurant dates back to high school, when they took hospitality management and culinary arts classes.

The couple took a detour on their journey to business ownership when Abel got a job in the oil industry 14 years ago. Jessica has a background in the corporate world, and between their two full-time jobs and raising their children, their dream seemed out of reach, she said.

“We just went for it,” Jessica said. “One day we just started looking for a place. Cypress was never the place we [thought we’d] open one.”

The Fraustos live in the Heights and said as restaurant industry newcomers, they had little luck finding a location close to home. When they began to look outside the Loop, the owner of a Cypress property on Telge Road gave them their chance, Abel said.

Mex Taco House opened in May 2019 and quickly outgrew the space. The Fraustos celebrated the grand opening of their second location—with more seating capacity and a drive-thru—in March on Hwy. 290.


“Cypress has been great to us,” Abel said. “Everybody here has welcomed us into their home, and we love it here. We love it so much that we’re going to move over here.”

Everything at Mex Taco House is made from scratch from the flour and corn tortillas to the menudo and pozole served exclusively on the weekends.

“We take pride in what we serve. Even if a tortilla doesn’t look appealing but it’s still tasteful, we’d just rather not use it and go ahead and make a fresh tortilla,” Jessica said.

Breakfast tacos are the most popular items on the menu, made with eggs and bacon, potatoes, ham, vegetables, chorizo or sausage. Specialty breakfast tacos such as the Taco Cypress come with extras such as chorizo potatoes and beans.

Chilaquiles, migas, and huevos rancheros are also available for breakfast. The lunch menu includes tostadas, street tacos, tortas and gorditas.

Diners can customize their dishes with a selection of toppings and sides. Jessica said orders are cooked as they are placed, and many of the recipes come from the Fraustos’ parents.

Jessica said she plans to eventually expand the business and open additional locations of Mex Taco House in neighboring suburbs. Until then, the Fraustos will focus on serving local customers out of their two Cypress locations.

14030 Telge Road, Cypress

25410 Hwy. 290, Ste. B-1, Cypress

281-373-3737 | www.mextacohouse.com
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.