Manny's Uptown Tex-Mex opened about a week and a half ago on Lemmon in the location formerly occupied by Guthrie's and Rooster. (Photos at the link below.)
Decor and service are about what you'd expect from a mid-range restaurant (such as the two that preceded it in the building). The menu, however, has no pretensions. It basically emulates that of Mia's (the restaurant run by Manny Rios's family farther up Lemmon). There are some additions in Manny's version of the menu, including tilapia tacos, shrimp in mojo de ajo, and an expanded role for the popular brisket (e.g., brisket tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and chimichangas). But, for those familiar with Mia's menu, Manny's will look very similar--so much so that, if it were to be placed on tables at Mia's, a lot of guests probably wouldn't even notice it was different.
For the dishes I've had there so far, the quality has generally been good to great. But it is, at this point, straight-ahead Tex-Mex. They're still using a lot of ground beef (though the brisket provides a welcome alternative), poor cheeses (but, thankfully, not much American cheese or "performance cheese"), and mediocre bagged tortillas. But, since almost everyone else in the Tex-Mex game is doing the same (or worse), I can't get too upset by that. I'd like to see them push the envelope a little. But if you're going to clone a Tex-Mex place in Dallas, Mia's is one of the best.
I'll be interested to see how they do in the months ahead. But, out of the gate, they're definitely in the top tier of Dallas Tex-Mex.
For photos and more details on dishes, see the link below.
PS Those are the "sunset" fajitas below. Strips of juicy flank steak, sauteed onions, roasted bell peppers, and slices of potato over the spicy "sunset" sauce (i.e., jalapenos and cilantro pureed into quasi-queso).
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