El Asadero Authentic Mexican 1535 North Main, Fort Worth, TX. 817-626-3399
Dallas Restaurant Review:
El Asadero is SERIOUS Mexican food. It’s in Fort Worth, but it’s worth the drive -- especially if you combine it with a trip to the historic Stockyards district just 5-6 blocks to the north. Mexican food & some sightseeing, and maybe Billy Bob's or some other honky tonk.
SETTING – Atmospheric North Main Street in Fort Worth. There are probably 10 other Mexican restaurants within half a mile – including nationally-known Joe T. Garcia’s (also recommended – see my review). But the two restaurants are totally different.
FOOD – El Asadero is the Real Thing. They call themselves a Mexican Steakhouse, but there's more. (1) They probably have the best fajitas I’ve ever tasted - ask them to add some "grilled jalapeños". (2) The "Chuleton ala Parilla" (a thin grilled steak with fried onions, also great with grilled jalapeños) is equally outstanding. (3) The enchiladas are first class (but to be accurate, the food is more border-style than Tex Mex.) (4) The entrees are priced at $5.95 - $10.95! I've been told that the seafood and chicken mole are also top notch, although I haven't tried them yet. I will say that on my last 2 visits, the hot sauce was not as hot as it used to be. I hope they've fixed that...
BAR – Bottled beer, very cold. Margaritas.
RECOMMENDATIONS – The owner said that they have customers who drive from Dallas and beyond. I was also told that a lot of Fort Worth restaurant owners eat at El Asadero, and he wasn't kidding. He named names.
AMBIANCE – Bright colors. Cozy. Unpretentious. Clean. There are always some Anglo Mexican-food addicts like me there, but the clientele is often as Hispanic as Anglo (this is a good sign). One of my mottos is, “Beware of Mexican restaurants with gringo waiters” – and there’s nothing gringo about El Asadero. The family works the restaurant and they take good care of you.