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mesero No matter the time of year, there’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of queso, crispy chips and a frozen margarita. But it seems to hit a little different when accompanied by football season. Tex-Mex is a Fort Worth tradition that dates back decades—wherein Mexican restaurants serve beloved classics, such as street tacos and tamales, alongside exciting new creations fusing flavors together from all over the world. If you’re looking for the area’s finest fajitas, an indulgent enchilada plate, a new spin on the ol’ faithful frozen marg or maybe a place to catch the big game, head to Southlake’s newest Tex-Mex outpost: Mesero. Serving modern and classic dishes in a sleek, yet cozy setting, expect to find nachos, a variety of queso dips and quesadillas, as well as an extensive selection of enchiladas and tacos. Favorites among locals include grilled airline chicken atop cheddar chipotle grits, and the Rose Burger,
which was rated as a top burger in Texas by Texas Monthly. My best advice for a visit to Mesero is to come hungry and pace yourself. Shortly after you’re seated, you’ll be treated to chips and a trio of fresh salsas. It’s going to be hard, but try to stop at one cup (their chips are served in individual portions for each guest) because there’s so much more in store. From the appetizer selection, their Loaded Jalepeños are an absolute must if you are taking in game day by the bar. Baconwrapped jalapeños are generously stuffed with chipotle chicken and queso Chihuahua then artfully drizzled with crema Mexicana. If you are looking for something a little lighter, the shrimp loaded ceviche is truly crave worthy. It has tiger shrimp marinated with citrus, jalapeño pepper, heirloom grape tomato, green onion, avocado and fresh cilantro. Eat it with a fork or scoop it with a chip.
From the main dish department, my number one pick is the fried rice. Such a surprising item to find at a Tex-Mex establishment that I could not help but order it on my first visit… and then my second and third. The Fried Rice "La China" is an exciting balance of flavors and textures combining shrimp, crispy pork, blanco and verde arroz (rice blend), mushroom, cilantro, heirloom grape tomato, topped off with a fried egg. (photo p.68). The fluffy rice is light, the grape tomato is refreshing and the shrimp and crispy pork make it satisfying. My second pick is the fried shrimp tacos. The batter is tempura meets funnel cake, balanced with roasted poblanos and onions complimented by a chile aioli drizzle. Another great handheld option while watching the game.
iconic Queso Mesero, cream queso enchiladas or tender brisket tacos will keep you coming back for more. Be sure not to skip the amazing drink list—it’s my favorite part. It’s hard to pick just one of their unique creations, so why not try three with a flight ($16, or $14 during happy hour). Or choose from The Original—El Santo whirled with sangria; The Brandon with strawberry and mango puree; the Berry Street with house-made blueberry liqueur; or the Frozé blended with rosé and vodka. Multiple trips might be required to get through this beast of a menu. With six additional Mesero locations throughout the Metroplex, including Fort Worth’s Clearfork shopping district, excellent Mexican food is always within reach.
If you managed to save room, don’t skip the Cinco Leches cake. Take it home even—it keeps in the fridge beautifully (photo p.6). Other dessert offerings include a generous hunk of carrot cake and a chocoflan. Also worth noting for the sweet tooth crowd are churros pancakes offered during Mesero’s weekend brunch. Mesero is beyond Tex-Mex, but lives up to its promise of Mexican Spirit American Life. One taste of the Mesero - Southlake
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