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Eats Beat: Fresh tortillas, new margaritas, low prices draw diners to Dos Molina’s

For a generation, Dos Molina’s has been known as a great Stockyards hole in the wall.

Now it’s temporarily known for the hole in the wall and boarded-up window a motorist left behind.

After an hour’s cleanup, Gloria Molina’s restaurant was busy again by lunchtime, dishing up the $5.99 enchilada specials that have made it a landmark for 35 years.

Dos Molina’s never makes the tour books, but it ranks right behind El Asadero and Esperanza’s as a north-side Tex-Mex landmark.

The century-old, tumbledown storefront on Northwest 25th Street looks like it couldn’t take a stiff wind.

Yet Dos Molina’s is busier than ever, thanks to the new margaritas and later Sunday dinner hours drawing more diners.

Dos Molina’s is known for:

• Fresh, huge, homemade flour tortillas.



• Tender beef tips stewed and served as carne guisada tacos, burritos or platters.



• Tex-Mex beef or cheese enchiladas in chili sauce.



• More than 20 breakfast platters served from 7 a.m. daily, starting at $3.99 weekdays.



• And the prices: From $6-$9 combos to steaks for less than $15, plus weekday lunches for $5.99.



“I’m so sorry about that,” Gloria Molina said humbly.

Sorry?

“I tried to keep lunch at $4.99, but costs have gone up so much,” she said.

The newest addition is a goblet-sized margarita made from the recipe a sister used at another family restaurant, the old Papi’s in Roanoke. Dos Molina’s is also related to Chilitos in Lake Dallas.

Gloria Molina and her late husband, Sacarias “Sac,” grew up on genuine West Texas chili-con-carne Tex-Mex in Rotan, home of legendary TCU football quarterback Sam Baugh.

“We use a lot of my mom’s recipes,” she said. “This restaurant has always been about family.”

The building was a retail shop on the old Azle road for a half-century before the first Molina’s opened in 1976.

The space was leased for a few years before the couple revived it in 1996 as their second (“dos”) Molina’s.

Dos Molina’s is open for breakfast and lunch daily, plus dinner Thursdays through Sundays; 404 N.W. 25th St. (on the corner at Clinton Avenue four blocks west of Cattlemen’s Steak House), 817-626-9394.

Italian wrap-up

New in Southlake: Arezzo Italian Street Food, a fast-casual Italian concept.

Basically, it’s an Italian wrap restaurant, serving meats either in hand-rolled dough wraps, on panini or pizzas or in bowls.

Promoted specials include a pasta-and-meatballs bowl and a shrimp carbonara bowl.

It’s the second location following an Addison opening; 410 W. Southlake Blvd., 817-251-3222, myarezzo.com.

Buffaloing the critics

Football season means sports-bar season, and Fort Worth has one of the nation’s best.

At least, that’s according to the Daily Meal website, which ranks Buffalo Bros. as one of the nation’s top 28 bars for college football.

TCU football can only take partial credit for the success. The Daily Meal notes that Buffalo Bros. actually has good food — chef Jon Bonnell founded it with genuine Buffalo, N.Y., natives in charge — along with plenty of beers and TVs.

Buffalo Bros. is open for lunch and dinner daily, and later; 3015 S. University Drive, 817-386-9601, buffalobrostexas.com.

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