At Los Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant, the staff knows how to make each diner feel welcome. This means they serve with kind attention, but not too much, so diners can focus on having a conversation with their companions or the face they've painted on their plate with salsa. Owners Esteban and Leticia sate appetites with a menu of traditional Mexican fare culled from generations-old recipes, including classics such as fajitas, tacos, and grilled chicken smothered in mole. Between bites at the Carrollton location, diners can also catch a live musical act, including an Elvis impersonator who unfurls his cape one Friday a month.
Nico's Cocina sports an atmosphere that is comfortable and casual, while maintaining a high level of charm and elegance. Spacious, roomy tables allow for hungry groups of friends and family to dine together. Mood lighting helps promote an intimacy that allows diners to enjoy the culinary experience as though it was for them
Arturo and Tina Vargas have a unique way of celebrating their family's central Mexican roots. They make an annual journey to different locales south of the border, ending each trip with a visit to their hometown of Cuernavaca. But these aren't average vacations. Instead, Arturo and Tina use the opportunity to discover new ingredients or recipes that they can bring back to Cristina's Fine Mexican Restaurant, their flavorful franchise of Texas eateries. Their culinary findings appear throughout the menu of Tex-Mex cooking.
The staff at each of the Vargas' venues wholeheartedly embraces those deep roots, making flour tortillas in-house, hand-rolling enchiladas, and preparing orders of guacamole directly beside diners' tables. But that's not to say the dishes are expected—salmon with pineapple butter and fried chicken breast with white wine-cream sauce demonstrate some of the kitchens' more experimental inclinations. Flavored margaritas and mojitos can add spirited refreshment to meals, as can any of the beers that the restaurants import from Mexico via man with a very strong throwing arm.
The culinary craftsmen at Ole’s Tex-Mex Restaurant forge flavorful south-of-the-border fare from traditional family recipes. For brunch, the eatery slings egg quesadillas and huevos rancheros, a hearty amalgam of eggs and corn tortillas anointed with ranchero sauce. Chefs conjure specialty dinner dishes such as chilies rellenos, carne guisada, and shrimp burritos. The casual restaurant hosts happy hour daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., creating loyal customers infused with more joviality than a smiley-face convention.
After completing his culinary training at Marietas, Art Obregon finally fulfilled his longstanding dream of opening his own eatery with Frida's Mexican Grill & Bar, which he named after renowned artist Frida Kahlo. He meticulously remodeled his storefront, decorating the dining room with flat-screen televisions and elegant, brightly colored vases. The aromas of pork, chicken, seafood, and veggies waft through the acclaimed restaurant, where they emerge from the kitchen nestled into homemade tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. Every night after dinner wraps up, live musicians take the stage, inspiring toes to tap with catchy rhythms and remote-controlled floorboards.