If you're looking for the best Mexican food in DFW, you need to visit Mesa Grapevine. Last Friday a girlfriend and I went to dinner at Mesa over in Grapevine. I live in Oak Cliff and am very familiar with the Mesa location in in my neighborhood, but I was blown away by service, decor and duh, of course the food at the location in Grapevine.
Mesa Grapevine is owned by the same family at the popular Oak Cliff spot, the Reyes family. Raul Reyes Jr. is the General Manager of the location, and the man who brought this vision to life. Raul and his family did not miss a detail at this location. Raul works the business side of the restaurant while his mother, Olga Reyes, fires up an Alvarado, Veracruz inspired coastal cuisine in the kitchen.
Even though it was a very busy Friday night in the restaurant, Raul sat down with us for a bit to give us the scoop on their place in Grapevine. A place he was clearly very proud of - as he should be!
above images taken by my talented friend Alexandra Minton Photography
It turns out Raul is the designer of the majority of the space that you see above. The patio, with giant windows that can be opened or closed, allow light to flood in to the space. The venue is eclectic and colorful, and the staff is outgoing and helpful.
What does this mean for you?
Your seafood enchiladas will get ALL OF THE INSTAGRAM LIKES.
I think every server in the restaurant came to our table at one point or another. The service was as good as any I've ever had.
We started the evening with a couple of cocktails - shown above. I had the spicy margarita, which Raul explained to me featured mexican pepper infused tequila. Man was it good, it had a kick for sure but nothing you can't handle. My friend Ally had one of their featured cocktails made with watermelon and of course tequila.
They brought us out a new brisket queso they're planning on debuting on a new menu soon. Highly recommend, seeing as I think I ate my body weight in cheese before the entrees even came out.
Per a wise recommendation from one of the servers, we ordered the seafood enchiladas. I often ask servers and bartenders what their most photogenic dish is - aka, what is going to get the most instagram likes. #LOLS! She immediately insisted that we needed the seafood enchiladas.
Aside from being easily one of the prettiest dishes I've ever seen, these were incredible. I couldn't get over how gigantic the lobster chunks were. I asked Raul where they purchased their Lobster from and he said the pacific coast. They are clearly doing something right over there on the left side of the country! As is Mesa for chocking these enchiladas full of seafood goodness.
We also ordered the poblano pepper enchiladas and the Ropa Vieja. All delicious, all highly recommend.
*Not pictured, me still eating queso even though the entrees had arrived.
At this point, you'd think they should be rolling us out of there. Instead, we ate dessert 😂
We sampled several different items: my absolute favorite being the flan. Call me crazy, but this particular flan has a creme brûlée consistency and wow was it perfect. We also had a coconut cake, a tres leches cake and a chocolate mousse.
above cake smorgasbord photo also from my girl Ally
You need to add Mesa Grapevine to two of your lists:
First List: the list of restaurants you need to visit, like, yesterday
Second List: Your social media list - because they are constantly posting specials and deals that are EXCLUSIVE to their social media followers.
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