A decade is a long time to be in the restaurant, but MasFajitas Mexican Restaurant's three kitchens haven't slowed down in all that time. The owners attribute their success to their signature dishes, including the cadillac fajita, a medley of veggies, tender chicken or beef, and all the bell and whistles from creamy guacamole to handmade pico de gallo. They keep things fresh by working contemporary American ingredients into their menu, such as grilled catfish or a cheese and spinach quesadilla. The kitchen can also export its wares via its catering service, available for parties of any size, from intimate gatherings of friends to huge gatherings of strangers who you will turn into friends with your benevolence and Mexican food.
When he immigrated to America, Jesse Berenji took a job in the kitchen at a family member's Mexican restaurant. By keeping a close eye on all aspects of the business, he was soon able to pioneer his own Mexican place—El Patron Restaurant & Cantina. The cooks here fry hand-breaded boneless-chicken breast drizzled with cilantro sauce, for example, and prepare El Patron fajitas—chicken and beef with sautéed veggies on a heated platter, served with homemade tortillas for creating edible Venn diagrams. The menu even touches on American classics such as burgers and chicken tenders.
Drawing on his experience as an artist, Pablo Esparza festoons the walls of his restaurant with a rotating display of work from local artists and framed prints of his own black-and-white photography. He also taps into 20 years of restaurant experience, staffing his kitchen with cooks who skillfully grill carne asada, assemble torta sandwiches, and wrap tortillas around beef, rice, and beans according to his specifications and the whims of a giant magic 8 ball. Bartenders mix custom cocktails and dispense brews from behind the full bar, and diners croon out hits during karaoke nights or dance to tunes from live DJs.
At Morelia Mexican Grill, generations of the Arreola Family cook up recipes from their ancestral home in Morelia, Mexico, captivating diners with savory dishes of chicken, seafood, steak, and pork. The restaurants immerse guests in an atmosphere of Mexican art and culture, with stone pillars and friezes decorated in Mesoamrican-style carvings and colorful wall-sized Diego Rivera–style murals. The dishes that sparkle against that backdrop included the shrimp-stuffed avocado, Fajitas Romanas, and mixed grill plates of quail and steak.
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.
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.