El Jardin has been around for 30 years, Eons for a restaurant despite competition from several other tex-mex rivalsin a fae east end neighborhood. El Jardin is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gonzalez and seems to be an island of festivity on a rather sleepy stretch of Harrisburg just this side of Houston ship channel. The building's orange stucco, cobalt-blue dome, and the carved and painted birds and parrots on the entrance door serve as signal flares for the equally colorful (and some what noisy) interior. Two walls are emblazoned with bright murals depicting a bustling market square and a village street teeming with resident and, in one corner. A mariachi musician flirting with a full skirted folklorico dancer. Other walls are decorated with vivid poster of loteria cards. Yellow, blue, and lavender chair back are futher prettified with toucans, loverbirds, lilies, sunflowers and a beaming sun seemingly moonlighting from "the Teletubbies.