I'm getting excited. Mesero, Mico Rodriguez's latest restaurant, is slated to open in a few more weeks in the Inwood Plaza. I'm curious to see how it will fit in with the rest of the Mesero family.
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It doesn't seem so long ago that Rodriguez was preparing to open Mr. Mesero, his first restaurant after a legal battle removed him from the Mi Cocina empire he helped build. If you want to dig around in the dirt, D has a lengthy profile of the restaurateur that covers his rise and fall within the M Crowd Restaurant Group.
Mr. Mesero opened to favorable reviews, and it wasn't long after that a subsequent Mesero Miguel was slated for Henderson Avenue. I reviewed the sequel last year, and payed it a visit recently for our 100 Favorite Dishes project. He's serving what may be the best Tex-Mex/Mexican cooking to be had in Dallas right now. If you're looking for chicken enchiladas smothered in a bright salsa verde, this is the place to go. There's a lot of other good stuff there, too.
Compare that to a recent meal I had at Mi Cocina, which featured the decent but lifeless food that's become expected of the restaurant chain as of late, and I think it's safe to say that for now Rodriguez is kicking his predecessor's asses. It's pretty cool to watch a man in his renaissance.
Mesero will embrace an American spirit and Mexican life. It says so on a sign that was hung above the door about a month ago, and tells you that unlike the M Crowd, Rodriguez is making subtle tweaks to each restaurant to keep things new, while each Mi Cocina is a carbon copy of itself. Other shots posted to Facebook show a sleek dining room with glass tiled accents, wood-covered walls, and plenty of booths. When it opens we'll be sure to have a first look, but I can't stop wondering what's coming down the pike after this one. I don't think Rodriguez will be satisfied with a hat trick.