Tio Carlos Mexican-Latin Grill, which has had a Las Colinas location for some 20 years, is planning a second location in Colleyville, according to the city’s October economic-development newsletter.
The restaurant will be at the north end of the Colleyville Downs shopping center, the one anchored by Whole Foods Market on Colleyville Boulevard, according to the newsletter. That sounds like the space formerly occupied by Matt’s Rancho Martinez, which closed its Colleyville location in January 2015 as part of a company reorganization.
“The restaurant plans to open at the end of 2016 and will feature an outdoor patio, full bar, and big screen TVs,” according to the menu. All cool, but what intrigues us is the menu at Tio Carlos.
A good deal of the menu is familar stuff: fajitas, enchiladas, taco plates, burritos, rellenos. But then you get to the “Latin” part of it with the más al sur section that skews a little more Caribbean and Central and South American, with such items as a pupusa plate and a Lomito Argentino, described on the menu as a “Large Argentine style sandwich filled with grilled steak, fried eggs, jack cheese, ham, lettuce, tomatoes and salsa rosa” (sounds like it would have been a good candidate for the National Sandwich Day story we posted earlier this week). There are also a half-dozen variations on queso (apparently not everyone likes queso — but we do).
A half-dozen breakfast dishes are also available. There are some parts of the menu that remind us of the Gloria’s Latin Cuisine location just a little more than a mile northeast on Colleyville Boulevard, but Tio Carlos looks a little more expansive. Coincidentally, our Bud Kennedy reports in his latest “Eats Beat” column that another new restaurant, Loveria Caffe — Taste of Italy, is scheduled to open by the holidays in a spot just across the parking lot from Gloria’s.
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