Nico Sanchez

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    How Dallas' Young Chefs Are Remaking its Dining Scene, in Their Own Words

    The Dallas of 20 years ago exists only on the margins of the current culinary climate. There are more restaurants in this city than ever, and the focus of the chefs who run its best restaurants has shifted dramatically in the last five years. No longer is Dallas known for its decadent-but-boring ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Five Dallas Ceviches We Love

    Now that summer is bearing down on us, our tastes are starting to get a little bit lighter. Scarfing down all those heavy burgers and barbecue isn't enticing, or practical, during the summer's hottest months, unless you want the meat sweats come pool time. But eating lighter doesn't have to mean o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Housemade Tortillas Are Rare in Dallas, but Find Them and You'll Find Great Tacos

    Want to find the best tacos possible in Dallas? Look for handmade tortillas. Sure, there are a handful of great taquerias around town that don't make their own meat hammocks, but chances are if someone is pressing or patting out masa within the confines of your chosen taqueria, the tacos you're abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Ten of the Best Taquerias in Dallas-Fort Worth

    There aren't too many places you can drop buck and change these days, and end up with something as satisfying as a well-made taco. The best ones come on handcrafted tortillas and are stuffed with carefully cooked fillings that are fatty, warm, savory and soothing. Freshly blended salsas are availabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Meso Maya Chef Nico Sanchez on Dropping the Tex and Making Tortillas by Hand

    All week at City of Ate, we celebrate the magic of the taco. Check back for more interviews, essays and maybe a list or two. Or maybe four? Dallas is famously flooded with goopy Velveeta queso and sour cream enchiladas, and certain corridors are lined with taquerias. But sit-down restaurants servin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Bankrupt Snuffer's and its Cheese Fries Get a Bailout from the Owners of El Fenix

    The Firedbird Restaurant Group, which is owned by Mika Karns and includes El Fenix, Meso Maya and Taqueria La Ventana, has acquired the debt of Snuffer's Restaurants Inc., and will help save that iconic Dallas restaurant's most important contribution to the local culinary scene: those monster cheese ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Meso Maya Misses the Fiesta

    Downtown's new Mexican joint plays it safe and dull.

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Finding Barbacoa Estillo Hidalgo Takes Effort, but It's So Worth It

    "It's down 175, somewhere around Lake June Road," Nico Sanchez, the chef at Meso Maya told me about the taqueria he knew very little else about. He knew the intersection it was near, but not an address or phone number. And he knew it was only open on the weekends for breakfast and lunch. But when I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    The Tacos of La Ventana, or How I Ate Too Many Tacos for Lunch

    Back in November I talked with chef Nico Sanchez about his upcoming taqueria opening in tandem with the new Meso Maya downtown. After hearing his descriptions of the space and the tacos I was excited to get down there and try them -- all of them. Just after noon there was a modest line out behind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    La Ventana and a Second Meso Maya are Now Open Downtown (Photos)

    There are only a tight handful of restaurants in Dallas that offer serious upscale Mex-Mex. Meso Maya is one of them, and now, luckily for us, there are two locations to choose from. But there's even more good news. In the latest expansion from Firebird Restaurant Group (the group that also owns El ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Dallas Is Getting a Serious Taqueria

    Last week I put up a post pointing to an article on Culture Map that claimed the second Meso Maya, opening in the old Luna's Tortilla Factory on McKinney Avenue, would be serving a menu nearly identical to that of the first Meso Maya in Preston Hollow. I was disappointed. When I first interviewed N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Meso Maya Number Two May Finally Be Opening

    Remember when I reviewed Meso Maya in Preston Hollow last December? It was nearly a year ago that I interviewed chef Nico Sanchez and learned about the plans for a second Meso Maya location in the old Luna Tortilla building purchased by Mike Karns and the Firebird Restaurant Group LLC two years befo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Edible Dallas & Fort Worth The Cookbook Coming This Fall

    If you shop at Whole Foods or any number of specialty shops like Scardello or Dude Sweet Chocolate around the Dallas area, you've likely seen a stack of Edible Dallas & Fort Worth on display for the taking. The free magazine is part of a network of more than 60 publications distributed around the co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Chuy's Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom and the Hunt for Dallas' Best Sour Cream Enchilada

    ​Listen, I know I have a problem. This whole Tex-Mex thing is getting really out of hand, and it's all rooted in my deep-seated affection for what is really a rather trashy menu item: the sour cream enchilada. I'm obsessed with these bundles of joy and am determined to find the city's best ver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Booze Booze Booze Tacobots: This Week In Dallas Grubbing

    ​Ouch. Remember that whole Bar 828 thing in Oak Cliff? Seems like a distant memory. While milling around out back of the event, I asked a bartender (details fuzzy for obvious reasons) his best hangover cure. He told me a gin and tonic water poured over a couple of alka-seltzer tablets with som ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 15, 2011

    Meso Maya's Hands of God

    Behold, the truly hand-made tortilla.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Meso Maya is Better Than Authentic. It's Good.

    Sara KerensAuthentic chile relleno? Nope. And you should be happy about that.​Does authenticity matter? What the hell is authenticity, anyway? Look it up in a dictionary and words like "real" and "genuine" stab at a definition. Framed this way, authentic seems a prefect descriptor for a Topps ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Meso Maya To Open Second Location In Luna's Tortilla Factory

    ​A while back Wilonsky told you that El Fenix honcho Mike Karns and the Firebird Restaurant Group LLC were gobbling up the old Luna's Tortilla factory. Conventional wisdom was that another El Fenix outpost would slide into the spot, but it turns out Karns has another concept in mind for the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Chef Nico Sanchez Interview, Part 2: On Getting Back to Basics with Authentic Mexican Food

    Chef Nico Sanchez of Meso Maya​Yesterday Chef Nico Sanchez of Meso Maya told City of Ate a bit about his background. In part two of our interview, we learn his thoughts on the Dallas food scene, particularly Tex-Mex, and the simple art of actually Mexican Mexican food. What are your three fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Our Interview with Meso Maya's Nico Sanchez, Part 1: Honing His Craft in Small-Town Mexico

    When Mike Kearns, owner of El Fenix, set about opening an authentic, regional Mexican food restaurant in Dallas, he tapped Nico Sanchez, who'd spent his youth working and traveling throughout Mexico and learning about regional foods. The resulting restaurant, Meso Maya, has been open for just over a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    A First Look at Meso Maya, the Latest Addition to Dallas' Actually-Mexican-Mex Scene

    Lauren Drewes DanielsCarne Asada at Meso Maya​Meso Maya, the new Mexican restaurant at Preston and Forrest, describes its food as an "adventure into the roots of regional Mexican food." Don't let that scare you off, though. No, the plates aren't covered in melted orange cheese, but I think we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Terilli's Returns, Along With a Slew of New Restaurants

    ​The month of August has been a busy one for restaurant owners and foodies alike in Dallas. Numerous restaurants opened their doors, and some notable openings include that Lower Greenville phoenix, Terilli's, and chef Nico Sanchez's Mexican joint Meso Maya. Read on for the full scoop on rest ... More >>