The Nine Best Mom and Pop Tex-Mex Restaurants in Dallas

Former D Magazine editor Mary Brown Malouf and I ate our way across town looking for the best one-location-only Tex-Mex joints. We conquered 17 joints in 7 days. Here are our top ten. Yes, we know Tejano was sold after we went to press and no we don’t feel bad leaving Mia’s off the list. […]

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Escondido Restaurant Blames Salvation Army Carr P. Collins Social Service Center for Loss of Business

Yesterday I was chatting with Juan Herrera of Escondido. The family-owned restaurant has been serving the same Tex-Mex combination plates since 1975. The small restaurant is on Butler Street which runs through the light industrial area between Harry Hines and Maple Avenue. When I asked him how he was doing he said “terrible.” He went […]

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Meso Maya and Taqueria La Ventana Open Downtown Locations Today

Good news. Remember the old Luna Tortilla Factory building downtown? About a block from the Perot Museum? Mike Karns, who also owns the El Fenix chain, has moved into the Factory at 1611 McKinney Ave. and turned it into the second location of Meso Maya. He’s kept the original floors and archways, but the place […]

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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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Sneak Peek: Urban Rio Cantina & Grill in Plano

Urban Rio, the newest restaurant in downtown Plano, is Nathan and Bonnie Shea‘s baby. For two years, the owners of Urban Crust dreamed and conceived and schemed about opening a Mexican restaurant until, finally, last Monday, it all came together when they opened their doors to the public. The restaurant features a menu of “Next […]

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Matt’s Rancho Martinez To Reopen in Mid-July

I know many of you waiting for the reopening of Matt’s Rancho Martinez are anxious and getting antsy pants. I checked in with general manager Patrick Johnson and he says they are shooting for mid-July. You may remember Matt’s lease expired in February and the landlord chose to replace Matt’s with a Mi Cocina. (cue […]

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Cinco De Mayo in Dallas: Where to Down Those Tequila Shots and Don Those Sombreros

It’s that time of year again. Time to load up your amigos and head to the local Mexican watering holes for mariachi music, discount drinks, and too much tequila. Check out our list of 10 best bets for getting in the spirit of the annual fiesta. CHUY’S 11 am to 11 pm Drink This: All […]

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Restaurant Review: Mr. Mesero in Dallas

Veteran Tex-Mex restaurateur Mico Rodriguez is back doing what he does best: turning out high-quality food and providing stellar service. The co-founder of Mi Cocina, Taco Diner, and The Mercury bottomed out in 2008 when he lost control of his company, M Crowd. He is no longer involved in the popular Tex-Mex chain, but he […]

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The Texas Rangers Will Win the World Series and The James Beard Award for Best New Restaurants

Perhaps my headline is a tad overzealous, but boy I got so wound up yesterday at the press conference announcing the new line-up of food items to be served this season at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington I could barely drive home. I wanted to stay, slip on a toga, and feast like a hedonistic […]

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Jack Perkins’ ocaTaco is Finally Open

The Palindrome (pronounced oh-ka-taco) by Maple and Motor’s Jack Perkins officially opened last Thursday for lunch. Even though the menu is short, it’s good for people like me who can’t really decide what to order. Three meat options – tender brisket, pulled pork, and chicken – are plenty enough, thank you. And, of course, I’ll take […]

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Lisa Galvan is Back in Business With Lunada Tex-Mex Grill

Nobody will really say what happened between Luna de Noche and Lisa Galvan. She was one the founders and owners of the small Tex-Mex spot in Garland that eventually spread across Dallas. Seems like it’s been about two years since she “left” the corporate office so I am assuming she has fulfilled her non-compete clause. […]

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Restaurant Review: New Herrera’s Café on Maple Avenue

In 1971, I spent most of my Sunday mornings in a line around the original Herrera’s on Maple Avenue. My friends and I would sit under a dripping window AC unit for hours, waiting for our turn at one of the nine tables inside the tiny, lard-based Tex-Mex restaurant. Once seated, you popped open the […]

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