The incredibly charming, precious, kind, devoted, and talented owner/chef of Peak & Elm Cocina and Bar, Jesse Moreno, hosted a small gathering to preview some of their gourmet offerings on Friday evening. Peak & Elm Cocina is the family owned Mexican restaurant that has taken an old trolley street car stop and converted it into a warm and welcoming family restaurant. They’ve maintained much of the history from the neighborhood in their design efforts, and it feels like a lovely out-of-Dallas experience. As Carol noted earlier this year, the Moreno family has put together something beautiful in this charming space in every way. When I spoke to Mr. Moreno, I almost picked him up, shoved him into my backpack and ran a away to the hills so we could hang out and cook tamales together forever. He is so delightful and disarming, and his passion for what he is doing here is contagious. He does not keep a freezer or a microwave on site, so you know it’s fresh. His son, Jesse, runs the front of the house and does a wonderful job at that. The space is small, but the outdoor patio seating along Elm St. helps alleviate any issues with that. There isn’t much else in the neighborhood, but the Morenos have defined a wonderful starting point for those to come.
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