Dos Gringo lures cowlads and cowladies with a menu of Tex Mex eats fine-tuned over the course of more than 35 years. Instead of a friend's birthday gift, wrap your tongue around an appetizing starter such as the macho nachos ($8.95)—a culinary structure of spicy meat, guac, and cheese insulated by a tower of chips—or the crispy corn flautitas ($6.45), which brim with chicken or beef and sit ready to dive bomb into a side of sour cream. Feel free to use teeth or Thumbelina's yard shovel to dig into the beef-, cheese-, and onion-stuffed enchilada of platos seite ($7.95), accompanied by a beef taco. After an exhausting afternoon of lassoing bucking hay barrels, guests can refuel with a flavorful fiesta of Jack Daniels–glazed chicken and steamed julienne vegetables in the pollo borracho ($10.95). Dos Gringo’s also induces merriment by hosting regular live music and Wednesday-night karaoke.
Dos Juans dishes up savory skillets of authentic Mexican fare and signature puffy tacos in a casual BYOB restaurant. The menu delights diners with inventive tacos, such as the tacos Diablo ($8.99), fresh shells stuffed with spicy pork and anchos chilis hot enough to melt the icicles off eyebrows. Chimango tacos ($8.99) sweeten the scene with slow-cooked pork, mangos, and garlic, and signature puffy tacos beef up ordinary shells with a delightfully soft exterior. On weekends, brunch dishes deliver generous portions of classics, including breakfast burritos ($6.99), the perfect follow-up to a night on the town or a dawn on the high seas.
Brightly colored walls and folk-inspired floor-to-ceiling murals create a vibrant atmosphere that reflects the equally lively menu at Tres Jose’s. The kitchen fuses traditional Mexican recipes with Texan culinary sensibilities and portion sizes in dishes including char-grilled carne asada made with 13 ounces of USDA Choice rib-eye steak. The menu includes ample vegetarian options and fresh seafood such as shrimp tacos and braised red snapper. Tres Jose’s sells pre-mixed bottles of its signature cocktails and hot sauces to let patrons enjoy the made-from-scratch flavors at home, work parties, and crater-side moon cabins.
Mexico Real is owned by Joaquin and Martha Miranda, who were both born in Mexico before moving to the Fort Worth area as children. Their binational upbringing inspired the eatery’s menu, which combines authentic dishes from Mexico’s central region with classic Tex-Mex offerings such as beef fajitas, chimichangas, and combination platters. Adults can enjoy margaritas squeezed fresh from the cactus as they dig into plates piled high with chili-covered pork tamales or chef’s enchiladas stuffed with shredded chicken, mushrooms, and spinach, and a kids' menu sates pintsized appetites with beef or chicken tacos and mac 'n' cheese.
Serving authentic Mexican cuisine splashed with flavors from the Baja Peninsula, Habanero's Fresh Mex offers a delicious menu filled with fresh, fiesta-worthy fare. After a half-dozen cream-cheese-filled and fried jalapeno poppers ($6.98) coax taste buds out of pre-consumption comas, diners can delight in a thin-crusted, 12-inch sweet pork pizza topped with pineapple, cilantro, and onions ($9.79) or the chili-rubbed steak of a Texito burrito ($8.29). The Baja-style fish tacos ($7.49) are a popular menu choice and feature beer-battered tilapia swaddled in two soft flour or double-layered corn tortillas quilts and served with cilantro rice and beans. Flan ($2.99) sweetens post-meal mouth-holes, and a bevy of beverages ($1.89–$2) moisturize parched palates with delectable dampness.
When they opened Miguelito's Mexican Restaurant more than 15 years ago, Michael and Gabby Nevares poured their combined years of management expertise into an eatery focused on fun and flavor. Mexican and American favorites dot the menu, including fish or brisket tacos and queso flameado, a dish of jack cheese lit tableside to melt over shrimp, chorizo, or unpaid parking tickets. American-style chicken-fried steak contrasts with classic house-made tamales or lighter entrees of grilled tilapia with cilantro rice and plantains.
Though Michael passed away in 2004, his spirit lives on at Miguelito's. The man who has rubbed elbows with Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood would surely be proud to see the new M-Lounge area, which opened in 2009. Lit by funky, jeweled chandeliers, the space features six flat-screen TVs, large leather couches, and impressive karaoke equipment. Behind the full tiki-style bar lined with wrought-iron chairs, bartenders mix signature margaritas and pour imported and domestic brews into glasses or adult water balloons.