From the moment you pull up, it’s not hard to tell that Don Juan’s Romantic Mexican Food opened in 1966. A certain brand of flashy midcentury Americana lights up every inch of the stucco building, declared a Grand Prairie Significant Landmark by the city's historical commission. Hand-painted signs—one shaped like a gargantuan sombrero—advertise “luncheons” and “dinners.” The menu hasn’t changed much, either: for more than 45 years, the cooks have been making chili, hot sauce, guacamole, and many other ingredients from scratch using the same recipes the founder perfected when the restaurant first opened. Tacos, burritos, and tamales join Tex-Mex favorites such as enchiladas, chili con queso, and taco salad in a deep-fried shell. For dining on the go or on the lam, the restaurant sports a drive-thru (one of the first in town) in addition to a robin’s-egg-blue counter with matching swivel stools.
For more than 15 years, the cooks at Beto's Mexican Restaurant have been using family recipes to craft traditional Mexican dishes remixed with Texan inspiration. Patrons may kick-start their meals with a batch of guacamole, which a server will prepare right at the table, before moving onto bigger eats such as a hand-rolled and fried poblano pepper packed with beef, monterey jack cheese, and caramelized onions. A seven-member list of margaritas, each named after a Mexican city, helps to cool tongues set aflame from overzealous salsa-sampling. Fueling more than just bellies, Beto's Mexican Restaurant also pumps goodness into the community by hosting fundraisers and offering scholarships to college-bound high-school seniors.
Orbs of freshly made dough chug along the lustrous metallic conveyor belts of Marquez Bakery and Tortilla Factory's enormous tortilla-making mechanism, polka-dotting the chainlink pathways as they're flattened, baked, and morphed into the eatery's trademark fare. The chefs at the family bakery load the disks with traditional Mexican meats, such as chorizo and chicharrón, by hand, whisper "goodbye" to each morsel, and send them off to catered events or the onsite restaurant. They also sate sweet teeth with meticulously constructed custom cakes, harking back to founder Jose Marquez's legacy of selling donuts, pies, and sweet bread from his own home.
Not content to simply dress burgers in cheese, sauces, and fresh veggies, the grillmasters at Mixed Up Burgers take toppings where no garnish has gone before: inside the patty itself. Their fully customizable burgers with toppings mixed in anchor a menu of burger-joint mainstays, including chili-topped nachos and half-pound hot dogs. Meats get their sizzling flavor from an authentic 1940s grill before arriving in a dining room decked with corrugated tin, rustic wooden tables, and vintage animatronic soda jerks.
Illuminated by sunny yellow walls, Ginza Asian Bistro & Sushi's menu merges the alimentary approaches of Japan, China, and Thailand with fresh sushi selections and sizzling traditional dishes, from Mongolian beef to Sichuan-style chicken. Open meals by moderating tongue temperature with a chicken lettuce wrap ($6.25), with stir-fried chicken and mushroom cloaked within a cool lettuce leaf. Sushi chefs bundle a bounty of tempting rolls, including the Ambrosia roll ($13.95), with its fiery blaze of spicy tuna, salmon, king crab, and wasabi fish roe, served with a side of sweet mango sauce. The Dinosaur roll ($13.95) lets flavor paleontologists perform chopstick excavations on spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, and avocado buried beneath soft-shell crab tempura and tobiko. The restaurant's woks reveal a wide range of classic Eastern fare, such as creamy Thai coconut curry ($9.95–$12.95) and sesame chicken ($10.95), along with a sizeable selection of veggie- and tofu-based dishes, from mapo tofu ($7.95) to eggplant with garlic sauce ($7.95).
Legendary chanteuse Stevie Nicks fulfills the fantasies of her loyal legions of fans, blessing the air with her golden voice as the In Your Dreams tour takes flight. Harmonically and fashionably inimitable, Stevie’s never-ebbing career has entered its latest chapter of acclaim as new generations discover her skilled storytelling, indomitable voice, and the fact that music fits in earholes. In support of her first studio album in 10 years, the acclaimed In Your Dreams, Stevie enables devotees craving a Nicks fix with a tapestry of future classics and seminal solo anthems, sometimes including hits such as “Stand Back” and “Edge of Seventeen.” Casual fans, lifelong fanatics, and hopelessly lost package-delivery workers will spiritually cuddle with Stevie’s tranquilly maternal voice, becoming increasingly mesmerized as a vibrato opens temporal loops and makes space-time continuums weep.