Pull Up a Chair at MESA

by sara on August 18, 2012

We’ve been to Mesa twice now (3 times if you count visiting their tent at the Taste of Dallas) and all 3 times have been spectacular.  Or should I say muy excellente. Located in Oak Cliff on Jefferson Blvd, Mesa offers Veracruz coastal cuisine using the freshest ingredients.  This is the perfect place to go on a date because it is cozy, offers a range of unique food and has to die for desserts.

On our last visit we hadn’t made a reservation so by the time we got there all the tables were full.  They graciously offered us a seat the bar where it was only fitting that Jason sample a jalapeño mojito.

Below the bottles of liquor they have fresh made syrups on ice to add to the cocktails.  I believe they mentioned guava, mango, strawberry, watermelon and a few others.

If you go to MESA you must start with the ceviche.  They offer snook or gulf shrimp cured in pure lime juice mixed with tomato, onions and cilantro, topped with avocado and served with homemade chips.  It is the freshest tasting ceviche I have ever had.  The presentation is perfect too.

After tasting the mole on our first visit, I had my mind set on it the second go around.  However, when our waitress told us the special of the day, I had to change my mind.  The below special included gulf shrimp, scallops, mussels and calamari cooked in a beer broth and served with toasted garlic bread to soak up the liquid.  It had a slight kick from the  jalapeños and was delicious.  However, it did not trump my favorite mussels dish at Justine’s in Austin.

I didn’t eat the bread because I am on a low carb diet.  By low carb diet I mean I wanted dessert.  Also I saw guys riding their bikes by selling helado.  So I kind of intended on double dessert.  Choose your calories wisely kids.

I’m still going to declare Jason the winner with his chicken mole dish.  HOLY MOLE IT’S SO UNBELIEVABLY GOOD.  When the sauce hits your eye like a big piece of flippin amazing pie, that’s a MOLE.  This sauce seriously tastes like it has 10,000 synchronized swimming ingredients that all go perfectly together and simmer in the pot amicably slapping each other with flavor until the routine is over and they form a nice dark brown color.  The chicken also falls off the bone and melts in your mouth.  You have not lived until you have had this dish.

The decor is very modern and cozy.  If you’re going on a date make sure to call ahead and reserve a table.  In case you forget and there is a wait for a table, do not fear.  There’s a place across the street where you can get a torta while you wait.  I haven’t had them yet but how can you screw up a torta?

After trying the fried plantains at the Taste of Dallas, I had to get them again for dessert.  I want Jason to jump out of a giant cake made out of these for my 32nd bday.  Luckily I don’t ask for much.  The platanos fritos are covered in a crema and drizzled with honey.  Pretty much the most awesome flavor combination ever.

The chef/owner came out to check on us and see how we enjoyed our meal.  I wanted to give him a giant hug because the food was so good but Jason made me stay in my chair.

I’ve heard rumblings that Mesa is hurting for business.  It’s very unfortunate because it is most likely due to their location.  If you are up for a culinary adventure, please go and give them your business.  It is well worth the drive!

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Janice August 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I LOL’d at that’s a mole. Funny shizz. Honestly I’m not going to drive out of my way to eat $20 lobster quesadillas. I like tasty cheap food.


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