Growing up in Dallas it would be difficult to avoid the enchilada. The Tex-Mex beauties delicately filled, rolled and sauced for your dining pleasure. And what great memories most Texans have as children growing up noshing on the humble enchilada each Wednesday in our public schools, the same day that El Fenix offers their inexpensive deal on enchiladas. Perhaps some lay in puddles of grease, but we know how to sop that up with a tortillas for an extra side-car treat.
This past week we craved enchiladas and sought them out with vengeance. This began as our five favorites, but as we started in on them the list grew. Enjoy these enchiladas are in no particular order because Cinco de Mayo and all.
By the way, the list does not include marvelous Mexican restaurants such as Jose. We certainly do not consider them in the same category as Tex Mex.
One of our most favorite Tex-Mex restaurants in the Dallas area has always been Cuquita’s, which is located on Josey at Valley View Lane. The unencumbered restaurant has garnered much praise from Texas Monthly and was named one of the top 5 Mexican restaurants in the state. That is large praise, but there are a few reasons why the restaurant is so good.
Cuquita’s is full of freshness. Each day house-made flour and corn tortillas are hand pressed and made alongside tamales which are made with the house masa needed for the tortillas. One bite of the tortillas and you will be hooked. They are sold to go by the dozen, and you will want to pick up a few for dinner or breakfast tacos at home. They are like no other. 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 when we find them, and one such restaurant is located in the Bishop Arts District called Veracruz Cafe. Continue reading →
In honor of Desperados Mexican Restaurant’s 40th Anniversary, the restaurant is hosting a 40th anniversary bash on Thursday, October 6th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at their Greenville location. The family-owned Mexican restaurant has been a Dallas favorite for four decades and has cemented itself as a city landmark on Greenville Avenue since it opened.
“Staying in business 40 years is a testament to the hard work that my family puts in to the restaurant day in and day out,” says Jorge Levy, founder and owner of Desperados Mexican Restaurant. “Desperados is all about family, and when our guests visit our restaurants we want to make them feel as if they are visiting our home. It’s been an incredible experience to see generations of customers returning to Desperados over the past 40 years, ingraining our tradition into their own families and coming back to celebrate birthdays, weddings, baby showers and baptisms with us. We are incredibly grateful to the Dallas community for supporting us and allowing my family to do what we love for 40 years.” Continue reading →
When a fast food chain opens up we generally do not give notice, or care for that matter. But Pollo Regio has been invading Dallas, with plenty more on their way, and they deserve at the very least a golf clap. The restaurant is quick, tasty and for many – nearby.
Regio started its restaurant out of something similar to a food truck in Austin, selling a delicious pollo asado that is marinated then grilled for a pretty exquisite flavor. The basics of charro beans, rice and grilled onions gives this Regio a simplistic menu that is hard to beat. The chicken is served with a pack of corn tortillas which makes each meal a feast. Continue reading →
Hunkered down in the mess of construction rests a simple village of restaurants that includes a Bob’s Steakhouse outpost, a Fireside Pies, and something fairly tasty called Winewood Grill, all tucked away just off the bow of that nightmarish road rework alongside Grapevine, Texas. Also joining in the square is a newish anchor that has been running strong since October 2011, Mia Dia From Scratch.
Mia Dia is cheffed by Gabriel DeLeon sho you may remember from La Margarita in Irving, and Masaryk Modern Mexican Kitchen in Addison which no longer exists. The chef might have been a foreshadowing of the scene to come and joins well executed Mex-Mex in the area like Abraham Salum’s Komali in Uptown and Mesa Veracruz in Oak Cliff as prime examples of how technique, use of fresh imaginative ingredients and the love for proper Mexican cookery should be plated. Continue reading →