• Carne a la tampicano
  • Chilaquiles mole
  • Chilaquiles green


About us

Family-owned restaurant in Rice Military - Houston 

Our mission is to share a Little Piece of Mexico our (great or another word or no word) neighbors in Houston. 

Polanquito is a place where you can experience authentic Mexican food without having to leave Houston. And, if you have been to Mexico or are a native Mexican, Polanquito will feel like home. 

Brothers Santiago Navarro and Chef Diego Navarro opened Polanquito in April 2019. Polanquito is named after Polanco, a trendy neighborhood in Mexico City filled with upscale gastronomy. In Spanish, “ito” means little, so Polanquito means “little Polanco.” Polanquito’s menu has delicious food from many different regions of Mexico including Acapulco, Veracruz, Michoacan, Baja California, Puebla, and Oaxaca.

No matter where you are from, we hope you feel just at home in Polanquito. Since opening in 2019, Polanquito has grown in popularity. We not only survived the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have also received a good amount of media attention. Check us out - Polanquito in the media. Thank you for your support.

Diego Navarro

the chef

Chef Diego Navarro was born in Mexico City, Mexico and was raised in the state of Veracruz. Since a very early age he knew that gastronomy was his passion. He began making sushi in middle school and selling it on the playground. He studied cuisine at the Culinary Institute of Mexico in Puebla, Mexico, and graduated in 2010. He went on to work in the kitchen of one of the most luxurious resorts in Mexico, the Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen. Soon after, he got his Masters's Degree in the top culinary school in the world, the Basque Culinary Center in northern Spain. He became a small business owner when he opened Polanquito with his brother, Santiago Navarro in April of 2019. Chef Diego is dedicated to bringing all Houstonians and those visiting Houston a Little Piece of Mexico.

Diego Navarro the chef
Brothers Chef Diego Navarro (left) and Santiago Navarro inside their restaurant El Polanquito.