With a commitment to flavorful, bayou-infused cuisine, Joe's Dreyfus Store Restaurant upholds the traditions of warmth and hospitality established during its past life as Civil War-era general store. A bevy of buxom burgers and poboys ($4.95–$13.95) sing a lunchtime siren's song that leaves taste buds enthralled. When Richter-level rumbles leave stomachs shaking from want, dinner options like the timelessly glamorous oysters Rockefeller ($12.95) or the 21-day aged filet mignon ($26.95) provide more replete repasts.
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The flavors found in El Chico’s enchiladas and fajitas are a tasty testament to what the Mexican eatery does best: cultivating a menu that bustles with authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. Fajitas provide a savory meal for two, with flour tortillas embracing veggies and chicken, beef, or a combination of the two with the gusto of a bear giving a bear hug. Or opt to reward tongues with enchiladas, which accentuate a variety of proteins with slick coats of cheese and sauce. The spicy beef of Mama’s Favorite enchiladas plays nicely with the fiery nature of chili con carne, and the Top Shelf fajita enchiladas capture rare glimpses of grilled fajita steak and ranchera sauce frolicking on the plate. Avocado enchiladas are also on hand for sets of vegetarian cravings.
Put on your oversized novelty monocle and peruse the menu to begin the assembly of a fine dinner. Start act one with Louisiana crawfish pomponette (with sweet pea custard, white truffle oil, and roasted garlic crème fraiche; $10) before carefully considering the entrees. Opt for a center-cut rib eye for the meatiest of offerings, with charred eggplant boisillo, manchego, marcona almond, papas fritas, and mojo picon ($35). Or try out the sea scallops with marinated zucchini, bacon, frisee, and preserved orange sauce ($33). Minimalists will love the look of the duck (smoked breast meat and confit leg, with oregano white-bean salad, Hudson Valley foie gras, and salsa verde, $35), while flavor collectors can rejoice with dessert, such as the Southern pecan pie, with Steen's ice cream and bourbon crème anglaise ($8).
Adelaida Cuellar first sold her authentic Mexican fare to the hungry public at the 1926 Kaufman County Fair, where she manned a chili and tamale stand. In the face of increasing demand, her five sons helped her open the first El Chico restaurant in Dallas in 1940, and the franchise blossomed—much like a seed blossoms into a human. Today, at the almost 100 restaurants scattered throughout the South, chefs prepare hearty portions of traditional fare, including tacos, burritos, and fajitas, as well as tableside guacamole and, of course, tamales. Margaritas, cocktails, wines, and beers help wash down these south-of-the-border feasts.
Munchies boasts a simple menu of fast Mexican-American fare, as well as all-inclusive meals for two. For this dine-in or takeout feast, customers can select one appetizer, such as chips and queso (a $3.79 value), to kick things off. With just six types of entrees including burritos, tacos, salads, and quesadillas, guests can spend their evenings engrossed in riveting conversation with dates or indecisive litigators rather than fretting over what to order. Two entrees, such as 12-inch carnitas burrito with slow-roasted pulled pork (a $9.27 value) and a chicken quesadilla (an $8.72 value), stuff stomachs, and two beverages wash it all down (a $3.90 total value).