Herrera's Mexican Café Opens New Location on Fitzhugh

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Catherine Downes
The original Herrera's Mexican Café was located on Maple Avenue, right across the street from Observer HQ, where the lovable Grapevine Bar now resides. Amelie Herrera opened the restaurant in 1971, and it's been a popular spot for Tex-Mex in Dallas ever since, featured in a 1984 issue of National Geographic and a regular spot for out-of-towners, including Hilary Clinton in 2008. It's the restaurant's 40th anniversary, and it celebrated by opening its newest location on Tuesday.

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Catherine Downes
The new spot (2505 N. Fitzhugh Ave.) is located not too far from Chef Jeff Harris' newly opened RedFork. Gil Bonifaz, who has been working at the Denton Drive location since early 2000, is running the show.

"The chef at this location is the guy who worked the longest with the original Herrera's chef," Bonifaz said, as I sunk my teeth into sour cream enchiladas.

The food tasted as you'd expect if you've eaten the original, albeit with an overwhelming smell of lacquer that filled the dining area.

"All of the furniture was imported from Mexico," Bonifaz said of the large wooden tables, chairs and bar stools. The new location has the same mom-and-pop feel, but with a more grown-up flare. "Now, we just have to get people to show up," Bonifaz said.

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Herrera's Mexican Restaurant

4024 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX

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Aclark
Aclark

Ate at the Herreras at 2505 N FItzhugh last night.  Absolutely the best Tex-Mex I've ever had an I'm a native Texan.  They serve a complimentary cup of bean soup which is the most flavorful bean soup ever.  I had chicken enchiladas with salsa verde beans and rice.  Everything was delicious!  Very friendly and prompt service.

twinwillow
twinwillow

I've lived in the neighborhood of the newly opened Herrera's for eleven years and I'm very happy to have them. And one block away, Redfork as well.Sure beats the HORRID chinese restaurant in the space before. The owner of that strip did a great job changing it from a ghetto to someplace nice and welcoming.

elbueno
elbueno

wow...cynicism much?

Willie
Willie

Perfect location for all the asshole $30K flipflopping yuppies moving into the new apartments all over that area.  Capitol and Fitzhugh is on it's way to assholeyuppyglorification.  God help us, they're frickin invading East Dallas.  I saw a couple of them at Jimmy's this past week and almost barfed.

By the way, Herrera's is good stuff, but it won't be the same without an occasional mouse.

Carl
Carl

As someone that has lived one block from Fitzhugh and Capitol for 30 years, I welcome the changes to the neighborhood and the new folks moving in.  The gun shooting at night has decreased to nonexistent.  The crime has decreased.  Property values have risen.  What's not to like?  The remaining drunks and drug addicts will hopefully soon also be moved on to somewhere else.  There are still plenty of low class poor areas in town if that is your taste.  This area is finally move up.  Yeah!

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

The more money flowing into the DiCarlo's cash register the better!  Support your local neighborhood, family run business!

Carl
Carl

Another correction I forgot to mention, the original Herrera's was not located on Maple Ave. in the now Grapevine location.  The very first Herrera's was located on Lemmon Ave.  Between Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek.  That building was torn down and replaced with what is now there and the Maple Ave. location where the Grapevine is now located was the second location.  I know, I was there.  Check the City of Dallas records.

Catherine Downes
Catherine Downes

Well, according to their website they were founded on Maple Ave., are family run, and have several locations, www.herrerastexmex.com.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Wow not really much of a web site.

Carl
Carl

Ok, I've done some research. I was partially wrong.   I'm a big Herrera's fan. Always have been and always will be.  Here is the history.  The Maple Ave. location where Grapevine is now was the original location.  Then they opened the one on Lemmon Ave. that is now closed.  Then Lemmon Ave. closed and moved to the Denton Dr. location.  Then Maple Ave. closed and moved across the street, and it recently closed and moved across the street again.  The one on Maple Ave. is run by Amelia's grandson and his wife.  The one on Denton Dr. is run by Amelia's granddaughter and her husband.  The new one on Fitzhugh Ave. is run by Amelia's great grandson, son of the Denton Dr. owners.  The one in Oak Cliff is run by another of Amelia's grandsons and the one in Carrollton is run by yet another of Amelia's grandsons.  But they are all run separately.  Anyway, it all doesn't really matter.  I love all the locations.

Carl
Carl

The new location is on the corner of Fitzhugh and Belmont.  Also, this is not part the one you refer to over on Maple.  There were two, one on Maple and one on Denton Dr.  They are owned by separate family members and not considered location one and location two.  They are independent.  The new location on Fitzhugh is owned by the family that owns the one on Denton Dr., so your article is incorrect in inferring that the Maple Ave. folks have anything to do the new restaurant on Fitzhugh.

Bifman95
Bifman95

Might want to check your facts there, buddy. There def all owned by the same family.

Carl
Carl

I said they were owned by the same family.  Just different family members.  They operate separately from each other.  This is what the owners of the Denton Drive and Fitzhugh location told me personally.  This is also what they tell you at the Maple location.  Go ahead, ask them.

Catherine Downes
Catherine Downes

Thanks for bringing this to my attention GusMitchem, the exact address is 2505 N. Fitzhugh.

ComeCorrect
ComeCorrect

If you're on Fitzhugh and near RedFork, do you really need a street number?  It's a fucking blog losers.  Just go stuff your faces and chill the fucking out.

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

So where the fuck is it ? Other than "not to far" from other new fucking place that I dont know yet!

v. philloips
v. philloips

Please watch your language!  It is offensive!

Beda
Beda

I agree.  Start giving addresses to the places you review.

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