Mico Rodriguez and His Growing Tex-Mex Empire Are Putting Mi Cocina to Shame

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Sara Kerens
The nachos at Mr. Mesero.
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.

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.

Location Info

Mesero Miguel

2822 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mr. Mesero

4444 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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11 comments
rebb7322
rebb7322

This little article is funny because the money behind Misero concept is the same money behind the Mi Cocina, make no mistake about it, it's all about the money and you can't take it from the Financial investors, if it is not for them this would have never be; not taking any thing from Mico he is a very very smart guy in fact he is the king of fine dine Tex Mex but with out money the king would have no cloths. Best of luck. 

MikeD
MikeD

MiCocina is just an overpriced McDonalds.

Greg820
Greg820

I must agree with Scott and Twinwillow that Mr. Mesero is the best Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurant in Dallas today.  Crisp, clean, layered flavors.  Superb service.  Excellent cocktails.  This is what Tex Mex was before the chains ruined it. 

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

I must agree with Scott, Mr. Mesero is the best Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurant in Dallas today.  

Daniel
Daniel

@MikeD Mi Coicina's awfully far down in the pecking order, but to say it's McDonald's is preposterous.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@MikeD


Do you exaggerate much? MiCocina is not that bad...are you "that" guy?  The guy that CAN'T have Ranch w/pizza?  The same guy that eats pizza and wings with a fork. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Greg820


very salient points today; you obviously haven't started day drinkin' irresponsibly yet?

rebb7322
rebb7322

@Daniel @MikeD Mi Cocina is one of the best Tex Mex Restaurants that Dallas had ever seen and will ever see, how could you say that about Mi Cocina and braise Misero while they are both been painted by the same artist, just think for a minute here would you. lol

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