by Robyn Folmar
One of the perks of climate change in Texas is dining outdoors on a ridiculously sunny winter’s day. Thankfully, Dallas has another stellar patio to enjoy a margarita this toasty February.
Steps away from the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Meso Maya aims to break through the Tex-Mex clutter by offering its take on authentic interior Mexican food. If you haven’t already eaten at their other location on Preston & Forest, the restaurant pays homage to the expansive Latin American culture by focusing on roasted chiles, tomatillos, white cheese and moles. They steer clear of the ubiquitous “brown & orange” palette we know and love in Texas. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The Herrera’s restaurant of my youth seems distant. Long gone is the tiny adobe looking shack on Maple near Oak Lawn across from the Old Parkland Hospital where lines of hungry people sat on their ice chests full of beer waiting for one of the very few tables inside. These folks knew once they made it inside they would be slammed with an aroma of fresh enchiladas. If you were fortunate there would be a woman standing near the doorway stamping out fresh, thick tortillas, and with little coaxing she might hand you one with an adoring grin. Continue reading
by Melissa Robert
Mexican food can mean something different to everyone here in North Texas. Don’t worry, I’m far too fearful of the comments that would ensue if I spent anytime discussing the differences between “Mexican food” and Tex-Mex, so we’ll save that for another day. It seems that we all have a different way to judge the quality of Mexican food. I’d like to say I am able to tell pretty quickly how I’ll get along with a new spot by their salsa, while others claim it’s the house margarita or even the enchiladas that set the tone. If you score a table at Meso Maya in the near future get ready to taste Mexican food differently, the Southern Mexican cuisine is a welcomed addition to the McKinney Avenue landscape. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Make reservations at Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine for dinner on Christmas Eve which is a Monday when the restaurant is typically closed. The restaurant will offer a special menu for two for $85 and includes a free bottle of wine. Mesa will also be open Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, and they encourage you to make reservations today.
On New Year’s Eve the restaurant will also feature live music. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Today we have our taste buds set for mole. Mole is that earthy, slightly sweet deep brown sauce from Mexico that enriches any dish that it is served with. There are several decent examples of mole in Dallas, and we set out to sample a few plates.
Mole originated in Mexico, but that is about all some will agree on. The exact origin was perhaps Puebla, Oaxaca, but other states are known for their delicious moles with chile peppers as the common ingredient. The classic moles of central Mexico and Oaxaca, such as mole poblano and mole negro typically include ancho, pasilla and chipotle peppers. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Elotes is a devilish cup of corn that can quite possibly send you into cardiac arrest. It is definitely a guilty pleasure, and one that can be found at some local taquerias and Mexican grocers around the Dallas area. If you haven’t tried this dish we will show you how it is made and tell you where to find a decent version.
We made a stop to visit the elotes man at Taqueria El Si Hay which is located at 601 W Davis in Oak Cliff. The man is furious when it comes to making a quick cup for the low price of $2.50. At times his line will stretch across the gravel parking lot, with many families ordering up to a dozen at a time. The key to this elotes cup is patience. Our man is nothing but methodical; an artist if you will. Continue reading
by Alex Perez
Taqueria Pinocho is located conveniently off Abram and Carroll Ave in a small shopping center, known as one of Dallas’s ‘authentic’ taco shops. Taqueria Pinocho was my first introduction to taquerias in the Dallas area thanks to a good friend of mine. So I found it fit of course to do my first taco visit for craveDFW. Pinocho has been open for years now and is owned by Francisco Gomez. Although, the location is not in one of Dallas’s best neighborhoods, do not let that deter you from enjoying the tacos from Pinocho.
As you walk in, you can’t help but to start salivating from the smell of meat and tortillas. Walk up to the counter, you’ll see all the meats stewing in their own juices which a technique called Guiso – the fat from its own meat stewing in the broth and making all the ingredients come together. The setup is very clear and simple when ordering tacos: you chose from a selection of 15 different proteins for your tacos, the staff quickly chops the meat and yet another guy places the meat onto a corn or flour tortilla and plates. The next guy hands you the tacos and 3 different types of salsas – green jalapeno, pico de gallo and red guajillo chili sauce. Tacos range in price anywhere from $1.10 to $1.35 depending on your tortilla. Continue reading