by Steven Doyle
For the life of Mico Rodriguez he has done nothing more than try to please us all. Early on in his career you know he was responsible for bringing us what is now the behemoth M Crowds restaurant group which own Mi Cocina et al. A bout with alcoholism took this company away from him and left his to his own devices and went about to correcting this portion of his storied life. Now, the man who is responsible for changing the way we dine in Dallas, nay, most of the Tex Mex dining world is clean, sober and taking back his stake in the dining market through his company that owns Mesero and its little sister Mr Mesero. Continue reading
Family-owned and operated for 48 years, Ojeda’s Mexican Restaurant announces its anniversary celebration will take place Tuesday, April 18 at all four locations. Special deals for patrons will include $4.80 enchilada dinners, $4.80 margarita mugs, and .48 cent sopapillas. Deals are good all day for dine-in only. Mariachi’s will play live music from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dallas location at 4617 Maple Ave. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Cafe Herrera has been a Dallas institution for so many years as one of the proudest Tex Mex families, opening its first location in 1971 on Maple Avenue where you will find the iconic bar, The Grapevine. Since opening, the great grandmother and matriarch of operations retired (and since passed away) but not before issuing the various restaurants to family members.
Gil Bonifaz grew up at the knees of his great grandmother learning the restaurant business by washing dishes and eventually owning an incarnation of the family restaurant himself. It was Gil who was operating the location on Denton Drive that closed last year after losing his lease, but like a phoenix he made rise and now operates the gem of the family located at the downtown Dallas Omni Hotel. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
For many years Primo’s Tex Mex was the quintessential hot spot for hanging out late night to enjoy a good amount of enchiladas and even more tequila. The McKinney Avenue haunt stocked plenty of tequila brands for those searching for a way to wash down baskets of chips and guacamole. This was the heyday for the brand until owner Eddie Cervantes eventually sold, and it soon closed after 28 years of solid service. Cervantes went on to open E Bar on Haskell and that hot spot on McKinney became So&So’s which is enjoying plenty of hot action of their own.
Dallas had lost a legend until more recently when twin brothers Mark and Dirk Kelcher revived the restaurant in the Dallas Design District. The brothers are talented operators who come with plenty of experience including Metro Grill, and even more recently part of the new ownership at Cedars Social. Their roots rival that of the original Primo’s and as caretakers of the name they have honored the tradition backed by slurpy good drinks and the same enchiladas once served to the many patrons on the McKinney Avenue location. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
FOH (Fans of Herrera’s) will be excited to find the latest location of the famed Tex Mex restaurant at 3311 Sylvan in West Dallas, very near Trinity Groves. This is the location of the shuttered Tio Joe’s Cocina Mexicana. The new version of Herrera’s will sport a beautiful and largish patio, and still serve up those amazing thick flour tortillas and the best version of a sour cream enchilada in Dallas. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
Down on lower Oak Lawn Avenue, where an eclectic mix of shops, bars, professional associations and other small businesses dot the street, there is a new kid in town. Before you yawn when I tell you that it is a Tex-Mex restaurant, let me agree, up front, that any new Tex-Mex has the onus squarely on itself to justify its existence in a town already stuffed to the gills with this food genre. Campuzano acquitted itself well at a recent media event. Since opening last August it has acquired a regular clientele at both lunch and dinner by delivering Tex-Mex favorites and dishes that go just a little beyond the regular rotation in a consistent, well-prepared manner. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photo by Robert Bostick
You remember Ricardo Avila who successfully operated his family restaurant for many years. It was after he was featured on a Food Network program making tamales that the marvelous Tex Mex spot was lifted to full on high demand mode and was ousted by interloping family members.
Avila went on to open Mextopia in April of 2010 and offered kicked up Tex Mex favorites on Lowest Greenville Avnue. At that time the tract of Greenville was under turmoil and the city was busy cleaning up the crime situation doing plenty of road work that kept clientele from seeing his restaurant. Avila compensated by offering nights with Latin Jazz, and even a fantastic bacon happy hour where you merely needed to purchase a single beer to enjoy large platefuls of his thick, sweet and spicy bacon. Continue reading