The Mexican food at MesoMaya may not be 100 percent authentic, but with rich dishes such as the mesquite-grilled pork chop and creamy roasted corn, who cares? “I’m trying to stay inspired by Mexican cuisines while understanding where we are,” says chef Nico Sanchez. “I can’t say it’s authentic, but I try to base my dishes on Central and Southern Mexico.” Born in Mexico, Sanchez came to work in Dallas, having been part of North Henderson restaurants Cubre Libre, Alma and Hibiscus. The menu at MesoMaya is simple and straightforward, he says. The ceviche is a mixture of marinated bass and shrimp, avocado, cilantro and limejuice. The arugula salad has heirloom tomatoes, mangos and goat cheese with honey cilantro vinaigrette. Sanchez just added a new dessert — a chocolate cake topped with homemade ice cream, strawberries and rum sauce.
11909 Preston at Forest
Price range: $4-$19
Tip: Stop by for Sunday brunch, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
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