Fajitas. An iconic Tex-Mex dish consisting, rather simply, of marinated, grilled meat, cooked alongside onions and maybe some bell pepper, flanked by warm flour tortillas, guac, sour cream, and salsa, for the diner's DIY taco-assembling pleasure. It sounds easy enough, but perhaps its simplicity is its downfall: Observer critic Scott Reitz says, "On the fajita front, I'm growing increasingly disappointed in Dallas. I've had some seriously bad plates at places like Cafe Maya and Mia's and unmemorable ones at Raffa's and Desperado's. "
He continues by describing a recent fajita experience at the newly relocated Matt's Rancho Martinez—who proclaims their version to be "world famous— of which he says adamantly, "They were the worst fajitas I've been served in my entire life." Not only was the meat dry and lifeless, but the obligatory smoking platter was MIA, making for a disappointing experience indeed. (Hell, even Chili's gets the sizzling presentation part right.)
So we want to hear from you, Tex-Mex loving readers—in a city apparently plagued by tortured versions of the classic dish, who serves up fajitas worth the effort it takes to chew them? We'll feature your answers, as well as a few of our picks, in an upcoming map.
· Tasting the Worst Fajitas Ever at Matt's Rancho Martinez [City of Ate]
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