The inconsistencies evident in Mora's cooking should raise more doubts. But keep in mind, this place is known for frou-frou bartending skills. So on a midweek visit, it was as if I'd stumbled into the place where ladies' nights gather: table after table of mostly blond women laughing over lemongrass margaritas or small fishbowls of magenta slush in which floats a flower one would probably judge as exquisite (if one were prone to judge such things). On weekend evenings, an older "couples" crowd fills the room—one also keen to sip frilly cocktails.

Makes sense, really. The most consistent item on the restaurant's menu is one that pairs up nicely with margaritas: salsa.

They serve two kinds with chips. One is a rusty, earth-worn and somewhat piquant combination most people now associate with Southwestern cuisine; the other, a knockout puree of roasted jalapeños, olive oil and salt. For something so easy to make, the pale green sauce unravels across the palate, sweet at first, with a hint of smoke and the threat of capsaicin—all over a bright, herbaceous background.

Not much of a
show, but Maximo’s
“guacamoleros” muddle up one very good dip.
Sara Kerens
Not much of a show, but Maximo’s “guacamoleros” muddle up one very good dip.

Location Info


Maximo Cocina Mexicana and Margarita Lounge

5301 Alpha Road, Ste. 80
Dallas, TX 75240

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: North Dallas


Maximo Guacamole $11 Shrimp ceviche $12 Queso fundido $9 Salmon $22 Albertaís enchiladas $15 Chile relleno $16 Shrimp skewer $19 Classic margarita $7.50 Top shelf, called tequila $13.75

More photos of Maximo and its offerings in our slideshow here.

It's enough to make you want to order another drink.

Maximo 5301 Alpha Road, 972-233-5656. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. $$$
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