The Huerta family of Houston has come to Dallas-Fort Worth, and we’re lucky they did.
The new El Tejas Mexican Restaurant Bar & Grill in North Richland Hills launches their new DFW venture, combining the spicy flavors of South Texas with home-cooking fare and both American and Mexican breakfasts.
Just in time for cooler weather, El Tejas joins Fort Worth favorite Chalio in serving sizzling molcajetes: bowls of steak, chicken, pork or shrimp with peppers, onions and lots of grilled jalapeños and salsa ranchera. At $23, it’s a meal for the table.
El Tejas’ tortilla soup ($3/$5.50) is redder and richer than most, and the cheese enchiladas ($8.99) are dark with guajillo. For a few dollars more ($16), enjoy a seasoned rib-eye steak tampiquena plus cheese enchiladas.
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Entrees range from traditional combination plates ($8.99-$11.99) and brisket tacos with salsa molcajeteada ($10.50) to poblano chicken breast, Cajun pasta and even chicken-fried chicken or chicken-fried steak.
Desserts include an elaborate homemade flan with chocolate and caramel sauce.
El Tejas is also one of those new restaurants serving both American and Mexican breakfasts. Chilaquiles with biscuits, anyone?
The Huerta family, originally from Amarillo, also owns several Houston-area taqueria chains under different names such as El Gallo de Oro, Little Mexico and El Alteño.
El Tejas is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily at 7630 N.E. Loop 820, at Texas 26 in the former Owens location; eltejasrestaurant.com.
A second El Tejas will open soon on Denton Highway in the vacant Oscar’s, with a third planned somewhere in north Tarrant County.
Lunch at Dak’s place
If you’re entertaining football fans over the Thanksgiving holidays, consider lunch or dinner at the Stadium Club at AT&T Stadium.
The public restaurant inside the stadium is open daily except on Cowboys or college game days, so take your out-of-town company Monday through Wednesday next week, or the following Saturday or Sunday.
The Stadium Club also plans to be open daily over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, except Dec. 25-26.
The chef-driven menu features salads, flatbreads and burgers.
Turkey Day in Arlington
Near the stadium, the Blue Mesa Grill location in Lincoln Square will open at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving and serve turkey along with its traditional Southwestern buffet.
New at Max’s
Max’s Wine Dive, known for fried chicken and for Sunday brunch, has added chef Jenna Kinard, a former actor with experience as a festival caterer.
Kinard, from Hempstead near Houston, takes over the kitchen reins originally held by Stefon Rishel, now at Texas Bleu in Keller.
Besides the prime steakhouses, restaurants with Thanksgiving space remaining include Buttons (buffet, $32) and Heaven’s Gate, the former Colonial House in north Fort Worth (buffet, $14.99).
The Omni Fort Worth, booked at lunch, is now taking reservations for a Thanksgiving-night dinner in Cast Iron (turkey, salmon or ham with soup or salad and dessert), $39; 817-350-4106, omnihotels.com.
Byblos Mediterranean Restaurant will serve a Lebanese buffet Wednesday night before Thanksgiving; $10.95, 1406 N. Main St., 817-625-9667.