Don't Judge Mesa By Its Cover

08.05.2014 by: Allison Turpin
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As you drive up to  Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine  in Oak Cliff, you might wonder if you are in the right neighborhood for the trendy restaurant you are expecting. Discount dress shops, shoe stores, and laundromats line the street where this Mexican food gem is hidden. But once you step inside Mesa, your expectations are quickly met.

The interior is rustic modern with a funky vibe. The restaurant wasn't very crowded, so it shouldn't be hard to secure a table or a seat at the well-designed bar, which is a huge plus for a Dallas restaurant. The atmosphere is inviting and stylish, with a menu to match. The only drawback was the service. It appeared that there was only one waiter for the entire front room, so service was slow albeit friendly.

The menu isn't large, and your waiter might have to translate a few things, but each item is packed with fresh ingredients and is beautifully presented. Their drinks are unique, including the Mesa Horchata and the Spicy Margarita. We also highly recommend the Guacamole and the Queso Fundido to get your dinner started. 

The Spicy Margarita made with infused jalapeno gives a kick to your standard margarita

Stringy, gooey Queso Fundido is a salty and delicious way to start the meal

Extra crispy tortilla chips are served alongside guacamole that is fresh, nicely flavored, and the perfect consistency for dipping

Some of their most popular dishes are the Lobster Enchiladas, the Ceviche, the Carne Asada, and the Chicken Mole. Unfortuantely, the carne asada was a little chewy and not what we were expecting, but the side items actually ended up being the best part of the meal. They have several kinds of enchiladas, including Veggie Enchiladas and Black Bean Enchiladas, which were both delicious. The Black Bean Enchiladas come filled with meat, so don't assume you are ordering a vegetarian entree. 

Fresh Ceviche

Lobster Enchiladas

Veggie Enchiladas with a Tomatillo Sauce

Carne Asada with black beans, julienne vegetables, and jasmine rice

Next time you want to venture to a different area and try a new restaurant, give Mesa a try. The food really is delicious and the atmosphere reminds us of the Bishop Arts District, with easier parking and fewer crowds.

Mesa {Official Website}

TAGS : Oak Cliff/Bishop Arts , Mesa Restaurant