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Mexican Sugar Hosts Tequila Dinner March 5th

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Mexican Sugar, the Plano restaurant known for Mexican comfort food with a Latin-inspired twist, has partnered with Patrón for a Tequila Pairing Dinner on Tuesday, March 5th from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Cedars Social To Re-Open With Modern Mexican Menu

IMG_0889by Steven Doyle

Sixteen years ago a young chef named Anastacia Quinones approached restaurateur Monica Greene looking to work at the famed Ciudad in Dallas, which at the time was Greene’s premier modern Mexican restaurant located in Dallas. It wasn’t necessarily a good fit then, but fast forward to this week and we find the couple have finally teamed up for something new in the Cedars Social space. The name will remain Cedar Social, but the cuisine will be all about modern Mexican.

“I have put together the dream team which includes Anastacia Quinones and Leann Berry, and business partner Frankie Jimenez,” Greene told us today. Continue reading


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Jalisco Norte Opening in November

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We are looking forward to the opening of Jalisco Norte, a new restaurant from Tim McEneny (Dish, Front Room Tavern, Cedar Grove) who is assembling a fantastic staff including chef Jose Meza Arroyave from Punta Mita, Mexico and has worked illustrious restaurants as Moxi by Enrique Olvera. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Carolina Restaurant at The St. Regis Punta Mita Luxury Resort, Mexico.

Chef Jose Meza utilizes contemporary techniques and established methods to offer a new-age of modern Mexican cuisine. Continue reading

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Wild Salsa For A Spicy Night On The Town

tamalby Steven Doyle                                                                                    carnita tamale

Wild Salsa now has three locations in the DFW area including the original downtown Dallas, Fairview, and the latest located at 300 Throckmorton in Fort Worth. This is good news for those looking for seriously good Mexican cuisine including their crazy good tacos, a tamale that will bring tears to any grown aficionado and over 100 tequilas to raise your spirits.

Our most recent visit was to the downtown Dallas location which is located at 1800 Main Street across from their sister restaurant Dallas Chop House. There we found Chef Katie who we soon discovered is not only a fantastic savory chef, but has extreme skills in the pastry department which is unusual as most chefs choose a path and excel at it. In Katie’s case she just excels.

Wild Salsa has these fresh flavors and authentic takes on Mexican not found at your local Tex Mex haunt, these dishes are serious. Look at the al pastor tacos, or perhaps the redfish sizzled ala plancha.  Continue reading

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Chef Anastacia Quinones Revamps Mexican Sugar Menu

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If you are missing the fantastic Latin cooking of Chef Anastacia Quinones, we are about to make you smile  and hungry. It has been some time since AQ left her executive chef post at Komali when she took a position with Dallas school district as a culinary instructor. You may recall her other stints at Alma and Victor Tango. We truly enjoy what AQ does to a plate and now we have spotted her handiwork once again, this time off Legacy in Plano at Mexican Sugar.

AQ is responsible for the new menu revamp at Mexican Sugar as a consultant. We spoke with the chef today and she said, “I’ve known John Franke [corporate chef for concepts such as Mexican Sugar, Whiskey Cake and Velvet Taco] for about 6 years. I met him when I moved back from San Francisco six years ago. We’ve always tried to work together but other things always came up. When this opportunity came up, I couldn’t say no.”   Continue reading

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From Restaurant To Institution… La Fogata


by Andrew Chalk

At a recent restaurant media event in San Antonio I wondered: when does a restaurant transition from just a restaurant to become an institution. You know the difference. An institution you have to visit when you are in town. A restaurant…is just a restaurant. Dallas closest approximations to an institution may be Sonny Bryan’s (at the original location), and the Mansion on Turtle Creek (talk about two ends of the spectrum).

In San Antonio, one unequivocal institution is La Fogata Mexican Cuisine. It began 35 years ago with a converted ice cream stand with seven tables but has expanded to a catacomb of interconnected buildings and patios that spans (including parking) three city blocks. It has a seating capacity of 450 and serves around 6,000 diners each week. Such daunting numbers might make you expect a faceless machine, but nothing could be further from the truth. Owned by the same family, Dwight and Marilyn Lieb, since 1997 and divided up into small cozy areas, La Fogata makes you feel like you are dining somewhere very approachable.   Continue reading


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