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A couple more classic Mexican dishes in big "D"?

  • Veggo May 7, 2011 10:59 AM
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I'm doing great w/ chile rellenos, thanks hounds. Nuevo Leon is the present leader in the clubhouse. Next in my quest: 1) the best authentic chicken mole (not jarred, not ladled over boneless skinless chicken breasts, the real from scratch, all day, whole chicken deal), and 2) authentic huachinango Veracruzano - red snapper with Veracruz sauce with capers, green olives, and maybe golden raisins? La Calle Doce's version, although good, was not the authentic savory Veracruz sauce I crave.
Side bars: Agave Azul does a tasty open faced poblano with seasoned pork and a sauce, but I wouldn't call it a relleno. The corn tortillas at Cuquitas are dreamy good. The tortilla soup at Blue Goose Cantina is excellent, a whole meal in itself. By now I have trained the whole bar staff there how to make a proper chilada with real lime juice and no mix.
A good first month - I'm rolling with your help!

La Calle Doce
415 W 12th St, Dallas, TX 75208

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  1. Nothing against Nuevo Leon, everything I have ever eaten there was great, don't remember though if I have ever tried their chile rellenos, but my absolute favorite is the Chile Poblano from Cafe San Miguel, just a wonderful dish!

    Cafe San Miguel
    1907 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

    1. Which mole are you wanting? There are at least seven and some have claimed eight. Eventhough mole is mostly synonymous with Oaxaca some Mexican states will have their own version, most notably Veracruz and Puebla. Puebla gave us Mole Poblano which is the most common and the one most often found jarred in stores. Mangos that will be opening very soon on Jefferson used to be La Palapa Veracruzana. The wife of the owner used to make her family recipe mole for her enmoladas (fresh corn tortillas in mole). I believe she also had a chicken dish of sorts too. Also for you huchinango a la Veracruzana your best bet is Mangos.
      When you say chilada are you referencing a michelada (beer with fresh lime, chile powder and salt)? Which Blue Goose are you talking about I know of at least three...there could be more.

      1700 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

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      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

        I'll be on the alert for Mangos on Jefferson when I find it on a map. Could you alert us when it opens? Usually chicken mole is one of the brown moles, not the reds. Chicken mole under the same roof as huachinango a la Veracruzana would be a nice daily double.

        I didn't know there is more than one Blue Goose Cantina, sorry, - I am close to and familiar with the location on Midway. A chilada is like a michelada but without the chili powder and mexican oregano. It's just beer, lime juice, ice, and a salted glass. It's my standard when I live in Mexico and the second half of a beer in the summer gets as warm as you know what. Thanks for the help!

      2. Have you tried Javier's? It leans more towards Veracruz than other places around town. I think you may find your snapper here.

        I haven't found anyone who understands a chilada in Dallas. Wish I did - I drink them in Tulum. Don't really care for the heaviness of a michelada.

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        1. re: pepper131

          I checked the menu at Javier's - $29 for red snapper Veracruz? Yikes! $17 at La Calle Doce, but not my preferred sauce. Chicken mole at Javier's is grilled chicken, so not the all day stewed I hope to find.
          Same here on the michelada, too heavy. Ask for a chilada, real lime, no mix at Blue Goose Midway and they'll figure you know the gringo who rode into town last month.

          La Calle Doce
          415 W 12th St, Dallas, TX 75208

          1. re: Veggo

            Mango (formally, La Palapa Veracruzana) will be located at 118 W. Jefferson Avenue in Oak Cliff.

            You also may be interested in trying Cafe Veracruz on No. Bishop Street in Oak Cliff for excellent upscale Mexican food at much lower prices than Javier's.

            I've always considered Javier's the Mexican version of Bob's Steak and Chop House. Same (high roller) customer base.

            Have you ever tried Gonzalez Restaurant on Jefferson Avenue in Oak Cliff? Although more Tex-Mex, they do some very good provincial Mexican dishes you won't find at the popular "gringo" Tex-Mex restaurants in Dallas.

            Two things I forgot to mention about Gonzalez Restaurant.
            If you do go, be sure to specifically ask for their home made "salsa fresca" rather than the typical salsa brought with your "chips". Remember, you have to ask for it. They will not bring it to your table automatically. One other thing they do better than anywhere else is their amazing home made thick flour tortillas.

            1. re: twinwillow


              Cafe San Miguel is some of the best Mex in town, IMO. they make their own tortillas and I've never had a less than stellar dish there. Pozole is a must try.

              Cafe San Miguel
              1907 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

              1. re: J.R.

                Thanks J.R., two votes for Cafe San Miguel are noted - scribble scribble - I will journey there. I am not a critic or reviewer. I know what I like; I'm a gringo "bridge" who has lived in numerous Mexican states for 16 years and I'm sleuthing the Dallas scene for real mexican.

                I repeat for emphasis what I mentioned above: the corn tortillas at Cuquita's are dreamy good. Stunning. So good I need to know how they are making them. More to follow.

                Cafe San Miguel
                1907 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

                1. re: Veggo

                  Nuevo Leon continues to impress... lunch of crepas de mariscos in a creamy orange colored chipotle sauce - nice in every respect. I am deliberately not getting to know the owners, because CH doesn't let us tout friends, and I am pleasantly working through a creative menu there.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    Nice work Veggo. I haven't really waded through Nuevo Leon's menu (mostly since I hardly get cravings for Mexican), so thank you for posting your findings.

              2. re: twinwillow

                I think you guys mean Mesa rather than Mangos:


                1. re: extramsg

                  Right! I was confused because when La Palapa Veracruzana went out, either they or someone else was going into their space on Jefferson and they put up a very pretty sign that said, "MANGO".
                  However, "Mango" never opened. This, despite the fact that re-modeling was was going on inside.

                  Btw, your avatar is a hoot!