Inspiration can come from unexpected places. Quesa-D-Ya's owners found theirs in a pizza box. When they ordered the pie, they were hoping for a hot meal to be delivered to their door that still tasted fresh. The lukewarm pizza that arrived at their door helped the pair realize that, thanks to its innate portability, Mexican food would have fit their bill much better. So, they opened Quesa-D-Ya's with an eye towards satisfying Dallas's busy community with take-out and delivery dinners.
They put together a menu primarily featuring fusion-style quesadillas, such as their pork and pineapple stuffed Hawaiian D-Ya or their tomato, basil, and mozzarella Bruschetta D-Ya. They also offer street-style tacos by the half-dozen, served in classic corn tortillas as opposed to street signs that have been bent in half.
Cuisine Type: Fresh delivery alternative for pizza.
Reservations: Not necessary
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 1–5
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Smokey Mountain Quesa-D-Ya
Delivery / Take-out: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Most people are familiar with the cheesy tacos and loaded burritos of Tex-Mex. Gloria's offers these treats in spades, but there's also a "Salvatex" section of the menu that begs to be explored. It pairs grilled skirt steaks and pork tenderloins with enchiladas, black beans, and rice, allowing diners to dip their proverbial toe into the marinades of Salvadoran cuisine. Those who want to dive right in, however, can glance to the right, where the authentic comida Salvadoreña is listed. Here, plates of grilled quail and churrasco sirloin come with sides of Argentinean sausage and plantains. And, if you're in the mood for fish, you can order a tilapia fillet done in the style of a Salvadoran seaport, rather than in Texas style, where it's just a steak.
These recipes are the legacy of Gloria and Jose Fuentes. They began their American careers as 17-year-old undocumented immigrants in 1978, an inauspicious start that nevertheless resulted in their meeting and falling in love. Soon, they inherited a restaurant from Gloria's sister, and transformed it into a well-reviewed hotspot for Latin food and live dance music. There are now 15 Gloria's locations across Texas, two of which have won the Dallas Observer's award for Best Margarita in 2010 and 2011. The one in Addison also received the title of Best Latin Club in 2010—the feature praised its weekend salsa nights, and defied readers "to find a more electric place anywhere in town."
La Calle Doce's menu merges succulent seafood and tantalizing spices in authentic recipes from Acapulco, Veracruz, and other seaside sources. Chilled ceviche takes advantage of free swim to meld lime-juice-doused morsels of fish with tomato, onion, and cilantro ($9.95). The pescado a la parrilla suffuses a whole grilled catfish with herbs and spices ($13.95), and the camarón à la veracruzana teams sautéed shrimp with a quartet of bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro ($14.95) before they break up to seek solo careers in bowls of pico de gallo. A range of beef, chicken, and traditional Tex-Mex dishes curb tastes for the terrestrial, and a variety of classic Mexican drinks, such as horchata ($2.50+) and tamarindo ($2.50+), subdue spicy selections.
The burrito is a self-contained tour through the worlds of meat, beans, and spices, a melting pot of food culture. Embark on a culinary adventure by perusing the restaurant's Tex-Mex menu, full of fresh ingredients that are never canned nor frozen nor stored in an insulated fanny pack. At Freebirds, the customer decides on the contents of each burrito, like filling a tortilla papoose full of meats, vegetables, and cheeses. Burritos range in size from the smallest, the hybrid, to the biggest, the super-monster ($4.69–$12.86). They can be stuffed with slow-roasted carnitas, grass-fed steak, fire-grilled chicken, or fresh non-meat-based vegetables and wrapped with four flavors of tortilla. Also available are a host of other Tex-Mex favorites, such as quesadillas ($5.43–$6.19), tacos ($1.59 each), and Baja chicken enchilada soup ($3.79/bowl).
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Each morning at Margarita Ranch, the kitchen staff arrives and begins making flour tortillas by hand. They use the tortillas for their tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, and combination plates filled with local or regional produce, as well as beef and chicken raised on vegetarian diets and free from antibiotics and added growth hormones. A hickory-wood fire smokes tomatoes, onions, and peppers for the eatery's signature salsa, which is served warm like a tennis ball just pulled from the dryer.
Bartenders at the full bar oversee a stable of more than 40 different types of tequila, blending these spirits into cocktails and frozen margaritas made with actual fruits, such as dried prickly pears and freshly squeezed limes. A rainbow of vibrant colors accents the walls, and the outdoor patio houses festivities set amid fresh breezes.