"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Chef Nico Sanchez of Meso MayaYesterday 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 >>
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 >>
Lauren Drewes DanielsCarne Asada at Meso MayaMeso 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 >>
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 >>