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New menu items, same bargain prices at Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in Fort Worth

Chilaquiles Mexicanos with spicy red sauce at Fiesta Mexican Restaurant.
Chilaquiles Mexicanos with spicy red sauce at Fiesta Mexican Restaurant.

After 40 years, the Barriga family’s Fiesta Mexican Restaurant was ready for a shakeup.

The new menu is out now, making Fiesta more of a Mex-Mex restaurant to go with its Tex-Mex legacy.

If you’re not familiar with Fiesta, it once won “Best Nachos” in a Star-Telegram judging. That was back when fajitas and frozen margaritas were new, and Fiesta’s handmade tortillas gave it a big edge.

Now, the neighborhood around 3233 Hemphill St. is more Hispanic, and Fiesta’s new menu is ready for everybody.

Along with fajitas and enchiladas — $6.49-$12 on lunch specials, a bargain — Fiesta now serves fajita gorditas, chicken in mole sauce and sizzling molcajete dinners.

The daily breakfast menu is a highlight. Besides the typical chilaquiles rojos, it includes a first-rate rendtion of chilaquiles verdes (with green tomatillo sauce) and an original platter of “chilaquiles Mexicanos,” with a spicier red sauce and the eggs on the side.

The flour and corn tortillas are housemade.

When folks ask about the best Tex-Mex restaurants, I ask exactly what they’re looking for — fajitas, enchiladas, street tacos or something else.

If they say “everything,” I usually recommend El Paseo in Sansom Park or La Playa Maya in Fort Worth and Hudson Oaks.

But restaurants like Fiesta do a good job of bridging 20th-century Tex-Mex and 21st-cemtury flavor.

It’s open for breakfast through dinner daily except Monday; Hemphill Street south of West Berry Street, 817-923-6941,

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.