A First Look at Meso Maya, the Latest Addition to Dallas' Actually-Mexican-Mex Scene

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Lauren Drewes Daniels
Carne Asada at Meso Maya
Meso 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 can agree Dallas has already got that covered. Besides, as Scott pointed out last week, we're having a Mexican-Mex moment.

I asked Chef Nico Sanchez about the "regional" aspect of his menu.

"Each state in Mexico takes pride in its own dishes, and they don't really cross over much," Sanchez explained. So, the menu is a nod toward these different foods produced in the various regions of Mexico.

When Meso Maya moved into this spot, the owners tore down a wall near the entrance, which filled the large dining room with natural light. They also created an open kitchen on the north side of the restaurant that allows diners to watch Chef Nico and his crew work. And deep semi-circle booths lined along the opposite wall allows patrons to take it all in.

Scott will obviously have a full take on the spot at some point. What I noticed most, though, when I ate there earlier this week were the servers. They bring the adventurous menu full circle. Questions are confidently answered; suggestions are eagerly made. Every server is savvy and experienced with the food, which in itself is inviting.

One of the stand-out dishes is the Budin Azteca, which has layers of fresh tortillas with a roasted tomatillo sauce, Mexican cheese and comes with either chicken, shrimp or marinated pork.

There are also plenty of familiar dishes on the menu, including street tacos and enchiladas, so the experience won't be too exotic for refined Tex-Mex palates. But even these standards still offer a little adventure. For example, the carne asada plate ($18 and enough for two) has a wood-roasted, marinated steak with a sweet corn tamale, queso fresco, crema (a Mexican cream) and fire roasted salsa.

They're open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and are located at 11909 Preston Road. Visit their website for more particulars.

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Mcgeekelly
Mcgeekelly

Well we left our house at 815 arrived there at 835 was served one cocktail appetizer I ordered salmon partner had brisket tacos. We were there less than 25 minutes! Food was cold no chips no salsa and not offered another drink or desert! So I'm going to have to disagree it was one of the worst dinners I've had in quite some time.

Ralphy
Ralphy

I have actually eaten at Meso Mya;  it is over-priced and the quality is average at best !  The restaurant decor is impressive.  My first impression was "is narco-money behind this venture?"

Sturms_Bloody_Rectum
Sturms_Bloody_Rectum

I can see where the jockey hit that piece of meat.

Lauren, so are you saying this joint is a tick above the authetic mexican food that frequents my colon lining from Taco Cabana? 

MattL1
MattL1

At first glance, I thought that this Meso Maya place must be one contentious Mex-Mex restaurant.  40+ comments?!

Then I realized what happened.  The inmates are now running the asylum.  Godspeed, City of Ate.

changemypantstheyrdirty
changemypantstheyrdirty

I'm so glad to see the RW legion of haters/lovers re-appear.  You've actually taken your humor to a new level.  See...change is sometimes good...it causes you to think out of the taco box.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Hey Lauren, can you start tagging these posts so they're easily searchable in the future? Like for this article I'd go with:Meso Maya, North dallas, chef nico, tortillas, carne asada

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

Most popular blog entry ever by Lauren Drewes Daniels?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

depending on the bathhouse, they may let you sample the sushi....or so my buddy tells me

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

What's everyone having for lunch today? Any good ideas? North Dallas here, Frankford and the tollway.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

"For example, the carne asada plate ($18 and enough for two) has a wood-roasted, marinated steak with a sweet corn tamale, queso fresco, crema (a Mexican cream) and fire roasted salsa."Enough for two? Two Paris Hilton's?  This place is catering to the people that won't go north of 635. Who cares to watch a mexican "chef" prepare enchiladas and steaks? The garnish looks sloppy, and is that coqueta cheese? I hate that stuff. The steak looks good, but no way I'd pay $18 for that plate.

Storm_71
Storm_71

I ate at the Taco Bell off of East Chase and 30 last night, to go. I had the ever popular Taco Pizza, Big Beef Burrito Supreme, and two regular tacos (one soft shell and one hard shell). While I found the texture and taste of the Burrito Supreme to be just as good as it alawys is. I was howver disapointed in the Taco Pizza. Due to some ass hole pulling out in front of me the swerve of my truck made the Taco Pizza side to one side inside the carry out box. This was very very dishearting upon opening said box. Also it seemed for some reason the normal chili pepper after taste was somewhat lacking in the Mild Sause to go packets that included in my order.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

Since this is a food blog, do I need to change my name to ThongWithCheese?

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

In the "City of Ate" banner at the top, is that Eddie Munster blowing a corn dog?

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

Do you want a Whopper Jr., little buddy?

Larry Mondello
Larry Mondello

Where the heck is Preston and Forrest? Did someone meso with maya street names? I used to hang at that Preston Forest bowling alley as a kid. There was one pinball machine that had a busted tilt mechanism. You could play that thing all day long. Or at least until some junior high heavy threatened to kick your ass or steal your schwinn.

therrick
therrick

I've rather enjoyed the debate back and forth on the greatness or lack thereof for Meso Maya. I've found it quite enlightening, and am contemplating of having my next office party there or La Michoacana

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

sorry matt, but if I were on a platter would you prefer head or tail?

Coach Wade
Coach Wade

It surely must rival "hors d'oeuvres, presented on a bed of arugula topped with a salmon mousse of blended shallots, green onions, and white wine"  receiving the classic gut punch: "pedestrian plating falling somewhere between gauche and maladroit". That one game me happy pants.

Storm_71
Storm_71

If you go to the "Bellagio" off of Northwest Hwy ask for Beth. People have told me she has the best sushi in town.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Not in your neighborhood..but I'll be partaking in some barbacoa gorditas at El Matate a stone throw from my place of employ.

MoronDog
MoronDog

I have a meeting today and I am sure we will get the Jason's Deli box lunch.  I will eat it while I am not paying attention to the droning guy in the suit.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

We're going to Wasabi Sushi on Hulen, south of 20. By Hulen Mall.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

You are in a desert of bad servers and fat office worker wenches.  Your best bet is to take a LONG lunch and go to Downtown Philly in Plano and get a #4 and a Mountain Dew.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

I think I'm going to have Whataburger...#1 w/cheese and jalapenos, no tomatoes or onions; with onion rings and a Dr. Pepper

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I frequent the Wendys on Eastchase and 30, most often after a night of plowing through beer at No Frills.  Nothing like squeezing out a spicy chicken sandwhich at work the next day

therrick
therrick

I liked the Taco Pizza better when it was called the Pizzazz.

Sturms_Bloody_Rectum
Sturms_Bloody_Rectum

wouldn't that you make you a platterpuss?

Que slow, drawn out Norm voice********yes********

MattL1
MattL1

On the advice of my attorney, I'm going to respectfully decline to answer that question.  

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Not a sushi fan. I thought you only let japanese do your laundry? What gives?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Yeah no kidding. I'm thinking of going to Carmine's on Spring Valley. Getting a couple of new york style slices of pizza.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I like my whataburger with bacon, mustard no mayo. Some places I like to go mustard and mayo, but not whataburger. Big fan of the jalapenos on it. They used to make a Texas Style Whataburger, they need to bring that one back. F onions on burgers, thumbs up to onion rings. I will say though, it's hard to beat WB's fries with that ketchup. At WB, you have to Whatasize it, get that big ass drink. 

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Nothing can touch a Pizzone. In fact, I think I'm going to order that right now.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Yep.  Lee Harvey, but I think he is singing into it.  Like it is a microphone or something.  Looks like he is singing the Allman Brothers remake of "Somebody Done Did Me Wrong".

Larry Mondello
Larry Mondello

Older brother's hand me down orange crate with the soggy back fork shocks.  Had the five speed stick shift mounted on the "rack" bar that would nowadays be considered a product liability lawyer's wet dream.

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

I don't tailgate, but rather walk around the entire time getting stories and pics. It's all work here. All work. I just need to know what lot you're in. Tell Mrs. Broken Shoulder I said thanksomuch.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Lauren, if'n you're inviting us to yall's tailgate..Mrs. Broken Shoulder has agreed to smuggle a Pyrex full of it on over to y'all..we probably can't make it by 8 though..be closer to 10. Hollar girlfriend, and Paula's sausage,green chile,cheese and grits are yours!

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

YUM! Tell her to make those for the tailgating festivities! Game is at noon so you'll be there for breakfast RIGHT? Starting by 8am, right? Ask her to makes some for me. 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

The wifey took ol Paula Deen's cookbook for a drive yesterday...Sausage and grits with fresh green chiles and cheese....MMMMM....

in most commented foody blogs, Mexican steak division...

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Blake's Lottaburger?  Tasty, but they are a gastrointestinal disaster in the waiting.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I love the chorizo and egg tacos at taco cabana. At about 3pm though, it gets ugly. By the time I'm getting home my American Standard has to take round two. For eating two or three tacos, I'm amazed at what comes out of me. Might have to run those things by George Dejohn and see if he'd be interested in adding them to his Colon Cleanse program.

Storm_71
Storm_71

I feel ya. I was just alittle drunk the other day and ate the super hot sause at Taco Cabana. As a result I shat pure molten lava for the next three hours or so.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I had a meal a couple of weeks ago while in Albuquerque with green chilies and I ordered extra chilies because I'm a fool. As a result, I'm banned from flying American Airlines for life because of what I did in an airplanes restroom. I stunk up the back half of the cabin. No real way to play that off either.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Speaking of jalapenos, best stuffed ones in the meteroplex? I like Kenny's Burger Joint.

Storm_71
Storm_71

You can now get green chilies on your Whataburger....................for a limted time only.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

I love the big ass drinks at WB.  Jalapenos go good with everything!  WB ketchup...there is nothing better!  I'm a strong believer that condiments make the restaurant and WB succeeds at the condiment game.

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