Miko Rodriguez, beloved Dallas restaurateur, is about to open a new Mexican restaurant: It’s a second location Doce Mesas, his upscale Mexican restaurant at 4444 McKinney Ave. and will open at The Hill, the development on the northeast corner of US75 and Walnut Hill Lane.
Specifically, it is located at 9810 N. Central Expy. #600, the space that was once home to the BBQ Restaurant Red Hot & Blue.
Rodriguez says they plan to open within the next week. “We hope to open on or around July 20,” he says.
Mico still maintains a devout following as the co-founder of Mi Cocina, the most popular Mexican restaurant chain in Dallas, which he left in 2010.
He co-founded his next concept, called Mr. Mesero, and opened the first location on McKinney Street in 2011. This location served as a model for the Mesero chain, which currently has seven locations across DFW.
In 2017, Rodriguez separated from Mesero restaurant group after a lawsuit. He kept the original on McKinney Street, while the Miseru restaurant group got the rest. He changed the name of his site to Doce Mesas, which translates to “12 Tables,” in 2018.
“I started with 12 tables in 1991,” Rodriguez says. “Then 12 tables came back in 2011 when I opened Mr. Mesero. It’s historic. That’s what Doce Mesas means to me.”
The Doce Mesas menu is primarily Mexican food, but it also includes other dishes such as grilled chicken and a cold romaine salad with avocado and hearts of palm. He currently offers a fried chicken sandwich to take advantage of the hot trend, which he makes with chicken thighs, bread, and buttered pickles.
There are tacos, enchiladas, and combination dishes, but it’s all done with unexpected and upscale twists. Nachos Topped With Carne Asada, Black Beans And Avocado. White cheddar cheese queso, charred poblano, and spinach are like a smart mixture between queso sauce and a spinach dip. There is also ceviche and chicken pozole soup.
The bar features beer and wine by the glass, cocktails, and a half-dozen margaritas including a one-of-a-kind frozen featuring three toppings: mango, strawberry, and swirl of sangria.
Red Hot & Blue closed in January 2019, and reopened as HQ Prime Beer Garden which closed later that same year.
Rodriguez says he has been working on opening an additional branch north of Uptown. The Hill is suitable for Mico fan-loaded neighborhoods including Preston Hollow, Lake Highlands, eastern Dallas, and parts of the North. This particular address also has a prime location, and faces good visibility from US75.