I am no stranger to food, but I am especially familiar with Mexican food. My repertoire includes Mexican food from Texas, Virginia, Illinois, California, and many other states. The restaurants included everything from primarily white, English speaking establishments, to places that only spoke Spanish or Chicano, and white people were largely looked at as outsiders until they earned some street cred. Of all the places I have been, Blue Mesa Grill in Arlington, Texas stands out as a “must” in the long list of restaurants that I have visited. They emphasis taste over spice by cooking mostly with serranos and chipotles instead of jalapeno, habanero, or ghost peppers. They do this to achieve an authentic Southwestern feel to the Mexican food.
My meal started with a Blue Margarita for $2…it consisted of El Toro Silver tequila, Blue Curacao, and Sweet and Sour. On the side, I had a shot of Blue Nectar Anejo tequila dressed with salt and a lime. In all honesty, the shot came in a whiskey glass, and the salt and lime came dressed on a separate glass. I have never seen it before, but it was very effective. There were two types of salsa, one was chunky, and the other was blended to be really smooth. They both were deliciously bursting with flavor, and had a little kick, but they were not spicy, at all! I had all this with the Good Karma Tableside Guacamole, which was absolutely amazing! I have always had a special place in my heart for tableside guacamole.
For the main course, I had the steak Southwest Fajitas with flour tortillas. It came with pico de gallo, jalapeno relish, black beans, and I ordered a side of Monterrey cheese for an additional $1. Montana, my server, was very prompt with refills, napkins, and with answering all my ridiculous questions! Back to the point, I loaded the flour tortillas with fajita meat, onions, black beans, guacamole, cheese, pico, and salsa. The flavors exploded in my mouth, and washed down nicely with water or the blue margarita. After four of these, I could safely call myself “full.” The bill was a bit expensive, but I did it to myself. In short, I don’t regret it. So, if you find yourself in the Dallas / Fort Worth area for whatever reason, be sure to stop by the Blue Mesa Grill in Lincoln Square, Arlington Texas…near the Dallas Cowboy stadium. Ask for Montana or Larry. You will be thankful that you did!