Mr. Antone opened Antone’s Import Company in Houston, texas in 1962
In the early days, Antone’s offered imported gourmet foods and spices that especially appealed to the area’s South Asian and Mexican-American immigrants as the go-to source in Houston for bulk spices and traditional ingredients. Soon all Houstonians developed an appreciation for Antone’s products and an enduring love for the original “grab and go” po’boys created by Jalal Antone. These unique sandwiches have delighted generations of Houstonians since they first appeared in Antone’s company stores and later were introduced at Randall’s and other local grocers.
Now, more than five decades later, while Antone’s still operates traditional, fast-casual sandwich shops, the company has evolved into a popular regional producer and distributor of hand-made sandwiches and other Antone’s-branded products. Our original “grab and go” po’boys are available in nearly 300 H-E-B, Kroger, Randall’s and other supermarkets throughout the Greater Houston and Central Texas regions which we service with our fleet of refrigerated vans. We are proud of our evolution but we have never forgotten the beautiful history and traditions of this iconic Texas family business.
Did you know Antone’s is a Chef Based concept?
MEET EXECUTIVE CHEF, ALEX PADILLA!
Padilla, a honduras native began his career…[more]
Antone’s has a great team!
ANTONE’S HAS BEEN A STAPLE IN THE GREATER HOUSTON AREA SINCE 1962.
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Antone’s Executive Corporate Chef
ANTONE’S IS A CHEF BASED CONCEPT!
Meet our Executive Corporate Chef, Alex Padilla!
Padilla, a Honduras native, began his career in the restaurant industry at 19. He moved to San Francisco and worked underone of America’s most celebrated chefs, Nancy Oakes, at her award-winning restaurant, L’Avenue. Oakes
Padilla accompanied Oakes at various renowned culinary events and worked alongside other celebrity chefs s such as Thomas Keller of the French Laundry, Traci Des Jardins of Jardinère, Susan Spicer of Bayona, and Emeril Lagasse of Emeril’s. Padilla would later go on to garner a significant amount of national attention over the next few decades.
He moved back to Houston and joined Legacy Restaurants as the company’s Executive Chef in 2006. The restaurant group also owns and operates The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, a restaurant Padilla’s mother once worked as a line cook under Mama Ninfa Laurenzo, and The Original Ninfa’s at Uptown in the Galleria. Alex also serves as Executive Chef at both Ninfa’s locations.
Padilla led his beloved Tex-Mex restaurant, The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, to be nominated for its first-ever James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant category in 2019 and 2020.
He has done a number of national television appearance
Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys continues to be one of the Bayou City’s most sought after sandwich shops – winning Best Sandwich in America award with its Tex Mex Cheesesteak. The restaurant group and Padilla launched “H-Town Originals” in honor of the sandwich shops 57th anniversary. The charitable initiative was designed to engage the community and help drive awareness for particular causes and organizations. Local celebrities and chefs are tasked with creating their own sandwiches, choosing a beneficiary, and helping raise awareness for that particular cause.
Padilla has always had a passion for cooking and bringing people together through the comfort of food.