Ricardo Avila

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Mudsmith Coffee Opened, Mextopia Closed and More Restaurant Happenings

    Another busy month has come and gone and with it a handful of restaurants have opened and closed. Read on for the full list of restaurants happenings in January, and be sure to share tips about new and/or dead restaurants in the comments section below or at Openings: Suns ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Mextopia, the Ricardo Avila Spot on Greenville, Has Closed

    The Dallas Observer's 2010 Readers' Pick for Best New Restaurant, Mextopia, has closed. Leslie Brenner got the details in a voice mail from owner Ricardo Avila. The plan is to reopen somewhere else with a new concept. Avila cited road construction near his restaurant as part of the problem.

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Mextopia Brings Home the Bacon

    Free bacon: The sweetest words in the English language.​Let Happy Hour help quench your thirst by pointing you to some of the city's best drinking deals. Where: Mextopia, 2104 Greenville Ave. When: 4-8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday What: $3 house margaritas, $2 Tecate Light, Firemans #4, $2.75 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Barely Brunch At Mextopia

    Photos by Andrea Grimes and Man O' The HourMextopia's migas.​There are only four items on the Mextopia brunch menu. The restaurant itself sits on the presently blighted block of Lower Greenville Avenue, the block where after the apocalypse, it'll just be that 7-Eleven and the Simply Fondue and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Local Restaurants Help the Gulf Coast; Mextopia Holds Its Grand Opening This Weekend; Scardello Hosts Top Flight Wines; And More.

    Blythe Beck​A few Dallas restaurants are gearing up to help out with Gulf oil spill. Executive chef Blythe Beck at Central 214 starts a new fundraiser today called "We Cook While They Clean." The restaurant will donate $1 from every purchase of the chicken-fried Kobe steak dish to the Gulf R ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 17, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Hash Over Special Edition: Avila's is Back and Mattito's is Adding a Third Location

    Noah W. Bailey​It seems like things are finally looking up for the beloved Maple Avenue restaurant Avila's. After getting off to a rocky start (OK, a very dramatic start) in 2010, the Mexican restaurant is finally reopening today. The press release we received states "an internal face lift w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    New Restaurants are Blossoming This Spring

    ​ This March kept true to the saying "in like a lion, out like a lamb," kicking off with a four-alarm fire on Lower Greenville on March 2. The fire started in Terrilli's and soon destroyed Hurricane Grill, Mick's and Greenville Bar & Grill only a few weeks before one of Greenville's biggest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    You Want Updates? Here Ya Go.

    As you can see from this photo of Avila's taken, oh, 20 minutes ago, the place is in no shape to reopen.​So, you want to know if Avila's opened, per Judge Ken Molberg's order last Friday that Ricardo Avila restore the Maple Avenue restaurant by no later than yesterday morning. The short answer: No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Judge Has Ordered the Gutted Avila's on Maple Be Returned to the Way It Was By Today

    Ricardo Avila with Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives last year​The legal wrangling over the fate of Avila's on Maple Avenue will continue this afternoon at the George Allen Courts Building: Judge Ken Molberg has ordered Ricardo Avila appear in his courtroom at 1:30 p.m. To many, Ricardo's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    The Fight Over Avila's Results in Lawsuits, a Gutted Restaurant and a Sad Family Feud

    The inside of Avila's on Maple Avenue, four days after Ricardo Avila cleaned out the restaurant​I've been trying to keep up with the dramatic doings at Avila's on Maple Avenue via SideDish for the past week, which hasn't been easy -- especially following today's item concerning the beloved restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2009

    Life During Dinnertime

    David Byrne, last seen eating on Maple Avenue last nightThe missus's mother is in town and, last night, offered to take the 5-year-old who lives in our house back to her hotel, awful nice of her. Which left us ill-prepared and sans plans for a Saturday night. "David Byrne at the Majestic" was the fi ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 13, 2007

    The Haunting

    Tradicion can't shake the ghost of restaurants past

  • Dining

    March 15, 2007

    Luqa's Luck?

    Kyle Kepner abandons ship