Open: Mariano’s in Arlington, & a new Original in Fort Worth
A Tex-Mex landmark is back up and running for Cinco de Mayo, and a highly anticipated new restaurant opens next week.
Here is a look at the offers of Cinco de Mayo as well as two restaurants that can only celebrate from May 10th to 11th:
▪ Mariano’s, surrounded by construction at 2614 Majesty Drive in Arlington, reopened last week after a long lockdown-induced drought of its famous frozen margaritas.
Owner Mariano Martinez invented the margarita machine 50 years ago at his Dallas location. Now the drinks are available in normal blue agave, strawberry, mango or strudel as well as in 12 flavors on the rocks.
Come visit us for a limited reopening menu that includes blackened chicken verde, flame-fried poblanos stuffed with chicken or regular fajitas, and Tex-Mex platters of Texas chili.
It is open Wednesday for dinner and Thursday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. 817-640-5118, laharanch.com.
A dining room in the Original del Norte. Bud Kennedy [email protected]
▪ The Original del Norte, 1400 N. Main St., will open on May 11 at the landmark of the former El Rancho Grande.
The Original is a second location for the 91-year-old Original Mexican Eats Cafe in western Fort Worth. The new location offers some specialties such as quail, a combination of steak and enchilada or chicken in margarita sauce, as well as combined dinners and the Roosevelt Special dinner. Elliott Roosevelt’s favorite dish when President Frankin D. Roosevelt visited a son here.
At the Cinco de Mayo, the Original del Norte offers its regular Wednesday specialties valued at 11.95 USD all day.
It is open for lunch and dinner every day except Monday. originalmexcafe.com.
Maria’s is owner Felipe Armenta’s new Mexican restaurant that remembers his mother. Bud Kennedy [email protected]
▪ Maria’s Mexican Kitchen, 1712 S. University Drive, had planned to be ready for Cinco but is now planning to open on May 10th.
The Felipe Armenta Restaurant (The Tavern, Pacific Table, Press Cafe, Towne Grill) serves a combination of traditional dishes from the hometown of San Miguel de Allende and his family’s Guanajuato, as well as Tex-Mex from the San Angelo Restaurant Armentas Cafe.
The colorful design is reminiscent of San Miguel, with a combination of pastel colors and geometries and amber lighting at night like luminarias. A 75-seat terrace has been added to the site, a former steakhouse near the Fort Worth Zoo.
Maria is open for dinner the first few days, then every day for lunch and dinner; 817-916-0550, mariasmexicankitchen.com.
(The old school Pulido’s Restaurant, 2900 Pulido St., recently reopened its location off Interstate 30 near Montgomery Street. It serves lunch and dinner every day except Mondays; 817-732-7571, pulidos.net.)
More Cinco specials
▪ The Toro Toro Pan Latin Steakhouse at 222 Hauptstrasse offers family-style cochinita pork tacos, hamachi tostadas and churros with goat cheese and cajeta, as well as pork chamorro, tortilla soup and margarita specialties. 817-210-2222, torotorofortworth.com.
▪ Mi Día From Scratch, 1295 S. Main St., Grapevine, offers house margaritas worth 6 USD and chorizo poblano pocho tacos (13 USD platter). 817-421-4747, midiafromscratch.com.
Blue Mesa take-away margaritas come in a 16-ounce bag. Handout photo
▪ The Blue Mesa Grill at 612 Carroll Street in Fort Worth is serving its $ 12 lunch buffet on Wednesday for Cinco and serving $ 5 blue margaritas for dinner or in the new 16-ounce bag. 817-332-6372, bluemesagrill.com.
▪ Dallas-based On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina offers $ 5 large margaritas or $ 6.50 in flavors. ontheborder.com.
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.