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
Tag Archives: Mexican Food
Tonight I will be checking out the menu at Peak and Elm Cocina, the new restaurant which is about to open in East Dallas. We broke the story many months ago so perhaps you do not recall all the fun details, you can read that story here. Basically, it is Jesse Moreno Jr opening his first restaurant outside the La Popular concept which is also in east Dallas and sports an outpost in the Dallas Farmers Market. 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
Tex Mex be gone. Dallas has a love affair with oil-puddled enchiladas but there are more than a few truly wonderful restaurants serving hot interior Mexican cuisine. We need to embrace these beautiful restaurants, many which are tucked away in hard to find places such as Mesa Veracruz. Others are simpler to located, like Abraham Salum’s Komali. This weekend we visited another such restaurant in the Bishop Arts District called Veracruz Cafe. Continue reading
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