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Meso Maya is 'Knock-You-Over Good', & More Reviews

Leslie Brenner reviewed the new Meso Maya downtown: She was considerably more impressed than Observer critic Scott Reitz was last week, lavishing praise on the "absolutely addictive" chicharrones; ceviche is "very fresh and fun" and carne Oaxaca is equally memorable. Carnitas tacos and too-big, too-sweet desserts are less successful, but order correctly and Meso Maya "can be knock-you-over good". [DMN]

Scott Reitz discovered Los Torres Taqueria: The family-owned Oak Cliff spot quietly opened last summer and is serving up noteworthy tacos with "succulent goat spiced with cloves and cinnamon" or barbacoa, but be sure to request the "larger, fluffier" housemade corn tortillas, as the flour versions are "dry, thin and gummy in comparison." Breakfast tacos are also worth a taste. [Observer]

Teresa Gubbins reviewed Tribeca Americana Bistro: The new Colleyville restaurant fuses "gourmand standards like foie gras with flavors from the Middle East and Africa" to tasty results; roasted bone marrow and braised oxtail goulash are standouts, though some dishes like messy tuna tacos are less successful, and the mediocre bread is a low point. Service is "serious and attentive", making for an overall positive experience. []

Todd Johnson did lunch at Stampede 66: While the kitschy decor is a "yeehaw assault on the senses", the food is a "soul-warming blend of home cooking and Mexican"; fried chicken is "succulent" and venison meatloaf is "so moist it practically crumbled". Housemade tortillas make for noteworthy tacos, and a burger "smothered in housemade pimento cheese" is also worthwhile. Bonus: the average lunch entree is merely 12 bucks. [D Magazine]

THE BLOGS: I Live in Dallas got buzzed at Ascension Coffee; Confection Confessions reviewed Swoon Pastries; Entree Dallas investigated Origin Natural Food.

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Meso Maya

11909 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230 469 726 4390

Origin Natural Food

4438 McKinney Avenue, Suite 150, Dallas, TX 75205 (214) 228-8011

Stampede 66

1717 McKinney Avenue, , TX 75201 (214) 550-6966 Visit Website

Ascension Coffee

1621 Oak Lawn Avenue, , TX 75207 (214) 741-3211 Visit Website