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PaperCity Dallas May 2022

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W e're hearing i t a g a i n and again: "Who do you know w h o h a s the pull to get a reservation at The Mexican?" Yes, the restaurant that opened recently in the Design District has become the hottest spot to be spotted. Particularly at one of the center tables in the center of the action. Let's be honest. We've all experienced new restaurants in the last few years that are buzz-worthy with dramatic spaces, spectacular views, and/or celebrity interior designers. Great, who doesn't love a pretty spot for date night or girls' night out that screams for selfies. But, what about the food? Often the menu, with prices commensurate to those at Hermès, doesn't live up to its Birkin-bag pricing. But that's not the case at The Mexican. With Northern Mexico-inspired dishes created by chef Rodrigo Lomeli from cherished recipes passed down for generations in his hometown o f M o n t e r re y. Owner Roberto Gonzalez Alcala, also from Monterrey, has created a culinary-driven restaurant, influenced by heritage and culture. On the night I was there, we ordered the spinalis (10-ounce American Wagyu) from the grill menu, which was flawlessly flamed with multi-layers of flavors ($49). This paired perfectly with Manchego whipped potatoes with chorizo gravy recommended by our server ($11). It was heavenly — the sausage topping tasting like a decadently rich dessert. You also can't go wrong with any of the seafood items from the raw bar. The Mexican was designed by Paulina Moran, a Latin America designer whose portfolio includes numerous stunning hotels and restaurants. Imposing wooden doors lead to the imposing space divided into intimate areas, beginning with a bustling bar that spans a wall, with a refined tequila assortment behind glass doors. Aside from the central dining area, there are multi-level outdoor patios and private dining rooms, as well as a cigar lounge, with original Mexican tilework. We're waiting for the official beginning of summer to make the sizable patio a new meeting spot for après-work libations with girlfriends. And did we mention there's a $250 drink on the cocktail menu — the Pancho Villa. We'll take a grande, like Pancho would. The Mexican, 1401 Turtle Creek Blvd., 214.210.5700,; reservations through Resy. WE HAVE TWO WORDS: THE MEXICAN By Billy Fong PHOTOS COURTESY THE MEXICAN The Mexican, designed by Paulina Moran A private dining room at The Mexican 56

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