4617 Maple Avenue, Dallas
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Ojeda’s restaurant developed almost a cult following in the 1970’s. Their first tiny building was a proverbial "hole in the wall" at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Lucas Drive, a spot now occupied by La Paisanita Taqueria. They built and moved into this larger building down the street in the 1980’s. Fortunately, the food didn’t change. With several locations in the Dallas area now, Ojeda’s has almost gone mainstream. (And the name is pronounced, oh-HAY-da's.)
SETTING – A nice, spacious restaurant in the heart of Hispanic Maple Avenue. Some people say that the historic "Little Mexico" district of Dallas (on the edge of downtown) is pretty much gone now. But the truth is, it just moved a mile north to this stretch of Maple. As far as I'm concerned, it's Mexican food heaven. And you can tell by the number of cars in the parking lot that Ojeda's still has a loyal following among Gringos in-the-know.
FOOD – Ojeda’s is classic Tex Mex. Start out with the chili con queso – they serve the best in town. Good cheese nachos, too. The refried beans have that hint of smoky flavor. The cheese enchiladas are everything that an enchilada should be. And if you’ve never had a puffed taco, this is the place. It's the size and shape of a softball, stuffed with seasoned hamburger, lettuce, and cheese. Trust me, they don't get any better.
BAR – Cold beer. Good margaritas. 'Nuff said.
AMBIANCE – You can tell from the businesses lining Maple Avenue – the ones with the signs in Spanish – that you're in the right part of town. Ojeda's is kind of dark and cool inside. The decor is simple 1980's, not your over-wrought, make-believe Mexican Food Palace.
BOTTOM LINE – This place is like a quick trip across the border – without the passport or travel expense. When you need a serious Mexican food fix, try Ojeda’s on Maple Avenue.
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