Mexican places The Original, Maria’s to open in Fort Worth

A Pancho Villa combination plate in Mariano's Hacienda in Arlington.

A Pancho Villa combination plate in Mariano’s Hacienda in Arlington.

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Mariano’s return, original & Maria’s next

Hey buddy! Has the Mexican restaurant ever opened?

– Man in the Parisian café

Depends on. Mariano’s Hacienda at 2614 Majesty Drive in Arlington has reopened but has limited hours Wednesday evenings and Thursday through Sunday all day. Original del Norte, 1400 N. Main St., and Maria’s Mexican Cuisine, 1712 S. University Drive, are expected to open next week.

Los Vaqueros: the “other” terrace in town

Hey buddy! Where is a good Mexican restaurant for a group?

– Rhonda, Fort Worth

If you can’t or don’t want to step into Joe T. Garcias, there is another garden terrace nearby at Los Vaqueros, 2629 N. Main St.. (Esperanza’s Restaurant, a spin-off from Joe T. at 2122 N. Main St., has a large, enclosed terrace.)

New grill in the Crockett Row Food Hall

Hey buddy! Didn’t a Smoke-A-Holics want to open up?

– Barry, Fort Worth

Location # 2 is now open daily from lunch through early evening in the Food Hall on Crockett Row, 3000 Crockett St.. Hours of operation are longer than the original location on Evans Avenue. Crockett Row also has a new Blue Fish Sushi, 2932 Crockett St., and Kintaro Ramen, 816 Foch St. Also look out for the opening of Dallas Favorite Serious Pizza, 2728 W. Seventh St.

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth man who covered high school soccer at age 16 and attended two Super Bowls, seven political conventions, and 15 legislative sessions in Texas. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns on restaurants, dining and eating in Texas.

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