Mesa on Jefferson is Opening New Restaurant Tentatively Called “El Ceviche” in Space Next Door

Mesa’s owner/chef/carpenter Raul Reyes is busy with his buzz saw in the space next door to Mesa. He is constructing a small oyster bar tentatively called “El Ceviche.” Daughter Jaret Reyes sheds some light: We will have different types of cocktails (shrimp, octopus) and fresh oysters, shrimp to peel, and buckets of beer. Not too […]

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Restaurant Review: Monica’s Nueva Cocina & Mi Lounge in Dallas

My first thought: a hundred reasons and more than a dozen years would prevent me from reviewing Monica’s Nueva Cocina & Mi Lounge. I have known the owner, Monica Greene, since before I became a restaurant critic. Despite my closet full of disguises, I figured there was no way I could sneak in without being recognized. […]

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Mesa Will Knock Them Dead This Weekend With Dia de los Muertos Specials

Critics love Mesa. Fans of regional Mexican cookery love Mesa. If you haven’t tried it, you should try Mesa and love it, too. There is no better time to awaken your taste buds than Mesa’s Dia de los Muertos celebrations on Oct. 26 and 27. The event at Raul and Olga Reyes’ Oak Cliff restaurant […]

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Dead Can Eat: The Foods of Dia de los Muertos and Where to Find Them in Dallas

Don’t be alarmed if on Nov. 1 and 2 someone wishes you “Feliz Día de los Muertos,” or Happy Day of the Dead. The Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos is a sacred time celebrated for millennia (In the modern era, the Day of the Dead corresponds with the All Souls Day and All […]

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Mesa’s New Fall Menu is Spectacular

Mesa needs more love. At the media dinner I was invited to last night, there wasn’t a single breathing soul in the restaurant besides the bloggers and writers tasting the new menu by Raul Reyes, owner and chef extraordinaire of Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine. Sure, it was a Wednesday evening, but it was still surprisingly […]

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Restaurant Review: Nando’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine in Dallas

Former Gloria’s employee Fernando Santos teamed up with his mother-in-law, Blanca Huesca, to open Nando’s in the southwest quadrant of Preston Royal Shopping Center. Santo runs the front of the house and the bar that turns out sophisticated margaritas, while his mother-in-law mans the kitchen. Huesca’s specialty is the food of Veracruz, and her offerings include […]

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Brenner Wrong. Reitz is Close. Urban Rio in Plano Features Great Chips and Salsa

In the current edition of D Magazine, I review Urban Rio in Plano. As Leslie Brenner would say, “I quite liked it.” However, La B did not. Last week, she granted Urban Rio one lonely star (paywall may apply). I felt she took points off the place for the wrong reasons. She notes the ubiquitous […]

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Restaurant Review: Mesa in Oak Cliff

Raul Reyes opened his first restaurant in 2008, a tiny place in Oak Cliff serving the colorful cuisine of his birthplace, the Veracruz region of Mexico. La Palapa Veracruzana was run by his family, wife Olga working as his co-chef, daughter Jaretzy taking managerial duties, and son Raul Jr. waiting tables. The seafood-centric menu snagged […]

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Monica Greene’s New Restaurant, Tajin, is Under Construction

Veteran Dallas restaurateur Monica Greene’s new Mexico City-style full-service restaurant, Tajin, is under construction at the ILUME building on Cedar Springs. “The name represents beginnings to me,” Greene said. “I was born on a street named Tajin and it was there I would sit in the kitchen with the family cooks and learn how to […]

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Chef Gabriel DeLeon Reports Mi Dia in Grapevine Will Open on Oct 3

Chef Gabriel DeLeon says October 3 is the target date for the opening of Mi Dia in Grapevine. DeLeon’s new menu is a combination of Tex-Mex, Mexican, and Santa Fe-style dishes. I peeked in a couple of weeks ago and, even under construction, the dining room looks lovely. DeLeon has been cooking around these parts […]

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First-Take Review: Meso Maya Rocks Preston Forest With Regional Mexican Moxie

What to expect: Meso Maya, the self-labeled “simple modern Mexican food” restaurant that opened in Preston Forest Shopping Center last week has success writ large from the kitchen to the curb. First, chef Nico Sanchez (The Porch, Hibiscus), whom owner Mike Karns (president of El Fenix) lured away from the Consilient Restaurant Group, is heading […]

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Alma on Henderson Ave. Opens for Lunch Today (And There Was Much Rejoicing)

I’ve had some pretty sweet meals at Alma—the enchiladas rojo, the cochinita pibil, the chile rellenos. So the news that, as of 11 am today, Alma will start serving lunch has literally made my week. Recently-promoted exec chef AQ (Anastacia Quiñones) has put together a lunch menu rich with regional faves. Items she’s excited about: […]

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Wild Salsa: Hate the Sign, Love the Food

Downtown’s pretty exciting right now. First, Dirt opened on Monday (adorable store, go visit). Then, last night, Wild Salsa opened. And, according to a conversation I had with the manager at Pho Colonial, their downtown location will open in two weeks. My husband and I have been watching Wild Salsa be built for the past […]

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Meso Maya to Open in Preston Forest in Dallas

Just off the phone with former MCrowd veteran, Elizabeth Ruiz. She is consulting on Meso Maya, a “simple modern Mexican food” restaurant slated to open August 1 in the former Chic from Barcelona space in Preston Forest. The chef is Nico Sanchez, formerly of Consilient Restaurants (The Porch, Hibiscus). The house specialty will be Budin […]

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Restaurant Review: Komali in Dallas

Dallas, it’s time to wake up and taste the mole. For too many years, you’ve treated any dish served with a mole as if it were an infectious disease. Perhaps poor misunderstood mole needs a Facebook page to get you to like it. Once you’re friends, you can dig deeper into its profile and get […]

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Ate it for $8: El Ranchito in Oak Cliff

Kristy Alpert’s latest report on where you can find great food for less than eight dollars. This week I headed to Oak Cliff to find one of my favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants. I can’t even remember its name but I knew where to go. I’ve been living out of Dallas for a while but that didn’t […]

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Exclusive Video Interview with Anastacia “AQ” Quiñones, New Executive Chef at Alma on Henderson Ave.

She may be young by chefs’ standards (30), but Tristan Simon feels confident that Anastacia “AQ” Quiñones is ready to helm the ship at Henderson Avenue’s favorite regional Mexican watering hole. Today, Alma rolls out a totally tweaked menu, with AQ’s touches on nearly every dish, from the watermelon in the street corn snacks to […]

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