When Garza and his wife, Jennifer, noticed Kingwood was missing a meat market, it seemed natural to open their own. The couple—with the help of their children, Miguel and Emily—opened the Kingwood Meat Market in March 2012.
“We have a great work ethic—that’s what my family thrives on,” Garza said. “If you work hard, there’s no way you can fail.”
Kingwood Meat Market sells various fresh-cut meats, such as seasoned beef and chicken fajitas, barbacoa and carnitas by the pound, pan sausage, rib eye and fillets. The shop also processes deer and hog meat for hunters.
The business also sells a small menu of authentic Mexican breakfast and lunch items, including tortas and gorditas. Kingwood Meat Market’s claim to fame, however, is its breakfast tacos, Garza said.
The tacos, which are made on handmade flour or corn tortillas and paired with homemade red and green salsas, helped the business get on its feet when it first opened, Garza said. When the family first opened the market, Garza said he gave away free tacos outside the shop to bring in customers.
“Anybody that walked by, we gave them a taco, and then we caught them,” he said.
Even in a pandemic, Garza said the community has remained loyal with takeout remaining strong and meat sales increasing as residents avoid the crowds at local grocery stores.
“Fortunately, I’ve been very successful,” he said. “It’s a small little location, but we’re strong.”
Kingwood Meat Market
4003 Rustic Woods Drive, Ste. B, Kingwood
Hours: Mon.-Wed. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Thu.-Fri. 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.