You Probably Haven't Heard of America's Best Fried Chicken Chain
1. Herrera's Café4024 Maple Ave, Dallas
2. Taqueria Pedritos4910 Capitol Ave, Dallas
3. Joe T. Garcia's2201 N Commerce St, Fort Worth
4. Mr Mesero4444 McKinney Ave, Dallas
5. Meso Maya Downtown1611 McKinney Ave, Dallas
6. Urban Rio1000 E 14th St, Ste 100, Plano
7. Bikinis Bar and Grill1350 E Copeland Rd, Arlington
8. Agave Azul1114 S Elm Street, Suite 100, Carrollton
Although the original Herrera's building suffered a structural fire and the restaurant had to be relocated, everything else about this place is as authentic as it was the day it opened in the early 1970s. Breakfast is served all day, and certain days of the week confer dinner specials such as Caldo de Res on Monday and Caldo de Pollo on Friday.
This cafeteria-style taco joint serves basic options like chicken and beef, but also makes things a bit more exotic (and more challenging for your palate) with fillings like goat head, pork snout, and more.
For a spot that started with just 16 seats in 1935, Joe T.'s has grown up big and strong, probably by eating 70yrs' worth of delicious tacos and enchiladas. They now boast over 1000 seats, having added a new patio or dining room practically every year since the '70s.
The guy behind Mi Cocina finally has another restaurant, and it's been worth the wait. In a space both intimate and vibrant, with vivid artwork contrasting nicely against exposed brick walls, Mr Mesero combines Americanized favorites with full-on Mexican dishes with outstanding results. The quekas laguera (pastry pockets stuffed with cheese and chicken or brisket) are definitely a standout. This joint also boasts what may be the best guac in all of the Big D, with a variety based on spice, zest, and ingredients -- one has serrano and onion crisps thrown in there.
Meso Maya, located in a renovated tortilla factory (seriously), is not for sating Tex-Mex cravings. With adobos, moles, and salsas from scratch, and in-house nixtamalized masa for the freshest of tortillas, Meso Maya touts its authentic Mexican roots for lunch and dinner, every day. The menu offers a wide variety of traditional dishes, from queso fundido and tacos to posole and budin azteca. And with upwards of 40 tequila and mezcal selections to choose from, you can expect a proper margarita, whether it be a classic or a house specialty like the avocado margarita, their star sipper.
Located in the original Plano Ice House, which was built in 1917, Urban Rio is dedicated to providing dishes that combine a little bit of Texas and a little bit of Mexico (so that's why it's called Tex-Mex!) and using only the best ingredients from the Rio Grande Valley area. Across 4 floors, Urban Rio has a dining room, two bars -- with six tequilas on tap -- and a balcony/event space with views of the Dallas skyline. So enjoy your margaritas, brisket tortas, or awesome tamale pies (or all 3) in style.
Go ahead, pretend you're there for the chicken fajita tacos, pulled pork sandwich, or the super-hot thermonuclear wings all you want, but we're on to you. And there's no shame in enjoying the, er, sights at Bikinis. Come for the view, and stay for more of the view while you chow down on some pretty great burgers and watch sports.This is what America is all about -- it's in the Constitution (don't bother looking this up).
With a name like this, it should be no surprise that Agave Azul is more than a little into tequila. They've got over 250 different types of the stuff, all of which are 100% blue agave , so now you have a reason to go to Carrollton! And in case you go a little too hard attempting to sample all their tequila offerings on Saturday night, stop by again on Sunday for their hangover-curing brunch menu.