Food & Drink

Good food never felt so good

There are plenty of things you don't need but that're nice to have anyway -- like 31 Flavors, and condoms. Offering you an above-and-beyond beer selection, Carolina's Mexican Cuisine.Open in Plano today after just launching a sister resto in Far North Dallas, Carolina's is the first of several coming concepts by one of Mi Cocina's co-founders; the "farmhouse hacienda chic" space features exposed vaulted ceilings, a huge wood-floored side patio w/ live music Fri-Sat, and a beer list that dominates the typical Tex-Mex six-pack. To wit, between the twin bars (one inside, plus a corrugated steel number outside) there'll soon be as many as 24 beers on tap, from usual suspects (Bud, Shiner, Dos XX) to craftier suds (Shock Top, Land Shark, Anchor Steam, Lawnmower, Pyramid Hefeweizen); there're also 19 bottles and, if you're genetically dos XX, a small wine list. The menu's heavy with Mi Cocina influence (ceviche w/ fish, shrimp, or baby scallops; tacos w/ ribeye or seven other meats) but goes heavier with continental entrees (steak ranchero w/ Monterey cheese & salsa; grilled mahi mahi), plus inventions like sopesitos (potato/maza discs topped w/ brisket, beans, crema, fresh cheese & salsa verde), brisket tacos w/ meat slow-cooked w/ onion, peppers, & garlic, and fried jalapenos stuffed w/ white Oaxaca cheese (note: Sammy Hagar is more closely associated with Cabo).Also of note: Carolina's margaritas, an infamous Mi Cocina signature, have been pared down into four flavors: traditional, mango, strawberry, and "La Bomba", spiked with Cabernet-based sangria -- because one thing that's not necessary but really nice to have, is two drinks in your drink.