I never quite understood the allure of the Mi Cocina Highland Park location. The tipsy housewives in tennis skirts and mobs of young children running between tables always made me dizzy and fearful. But at a recent Quesorita event, A&E explained about the 3rd floor secret bar up the hidden staircase and through the stained glass doors. Secret password not necessary! Maybe my opinion of this "family friendly" chain would change?
And oh how it changed. This is where all the tipsy singles go!! As Dallas was recovering from the Icestorm of 09, the Quesorita crew headed to Mi Cocina HP for some frozen treats of our own. As I entered this new found paradise, I started to see why D Magazine rated it best Tex-Mex (disputed by the Quesorita movement) in town. I hope it wasn't for the food (see queso ratings below), but Mi Cocina HP is winning for "best atmosphere."
As you walk in those beautiful doors, there is a long bench seat along a completely windowed wall facing you and tiny wicker tables just large enough for your Mambo Taxi. When it's warmer, all the windows are opened and a nice breeze comes in and all you can see are the tops of the trees. You would have no idea that you're in the middle of Dallas, much less in the middle of a large shopping complex. It's comfortable, casual, and inviting as it's more or less family style seating. Service is good, but know they only serve drinks and apps up here. I can't wait to return when it's warm out.
As for the queso... it was odd. K-So nailed it when she said it tasted like chicken. It really does! It wasn't that runny ball park style fake cheese, but it wasn't much better. I'm convinced it was thickened with corn starch. Colors disguised as vegetables were present, but there was a lot of salsa mixing going on to kick it up a notch. Don't worry we finished the whole disappointing bowl.
As for the ritas.... they were yummy. I feel like D Magazine should have instead listed the Mambo Taxi as one of "The 10 Best Things To Do in Dallas." Much more appropriate. I envision the article listing going something like this.......
"A trip to Dallas is not complete without a stop at one of the many Mi Cocina restaurants scattered across the city and suburbs. If you are looking for a happy hour spot, then a stop by the Mi Cocina 3rd floor rooftop bar is a must. Order a Mambo Taxi (frozen lime margarita expertly swirled with some extreme proofed sangria) if you're up for an adventurous night. About halfway through your rita, you will notice that your frustrating feeling left over from work is gone, and you're floating amongst the trees you see outside the windows. If you start to chirp like the beautiful birds you see, then you know you should not have ordered that second Mambo Taxi. They're deadly. Quietly excuse yourself and hail a real cab."
The Quesorita Movement recommends Mi Cocina HP definitely for it's atmosphere, with confidence for it's Mambo Taxis, and not so much for it's queso. Just saying.....
Ritas 3.5/4 (extra points if you can handle that second)
Thanks so much to everyone who follows the blog. We definitely appreciate your comments and suggestions and will be reviewing some of these places in the coming weeks. Spread the word- Quesorita, The Movement.