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New Dallas delivery startup specializes in 'ritas and queso to go

New Dallas delivery startup specializes in 'ritas and queso to go

Ritas & queso
Salted rim, squeeze of lime, good to go. Photo courtesy R&Q

A company that began as a pandemic pop-up has bloomed into a business of its own, dedicated to everyone's favorite cocktail: margaritas.

Called Ritas & Queso, it delivers margaritas, queso, and other Tex-Mex classics directly to customers, with 2 kit options available.

The $55 Standard Kit includes

  • half-gallon Jug-O-Ritas, frozen or rocks
  • 16 ounces queso
  • 8 ounces salsa
  • chips and plate ware

The $75 Family Meal Kit includes

  • Standard Kit (see above)
  • Tex-Mex enchiladas (feeds 5-6) including corn tortillas, Bar N Ranch brisket & chuck, chile con carne with an Oaxaca-jalapeno jack-queso cheese blend, delivered in a disposable baking dish.

The concept was developed by business partners Julian Barsotti and Glen Collins. Barsotti is the chef-owner of Dallas restaurants Nonna, Sprezza, Fachini, and Carbone's; Collins is a friend of Barsotti's and a partner at Switch Creative, an interactive design studio focused on branding.

Barsotti piloted the concept to help displaced restaurant workers due to COVID-19, putting them to work at The Food Company's catering kitchen, and tapping into recipes for menu development.

Ritas & Queso quickly became a Park Cities favorite, embraced by Dallas influencers such as Tanya Smith Foster. Its success transformed it into a mainstay; and since it was birthed as a pickup and delivery concept, it enters the market ready to roll.

In addition to margaritas, Ritas & Queso is offering bi-weekly Family Meals in a variety of Tex-Mex classics.

They currently deliver to Park Cities, Preston Hollow, North Dallas, Uptown, Oak Lawn, Turtle Creek, Lakewood, and Oak Cliff, Monday-Saturday from 2-5 pm. Delivery is free, although they suggest a tip, pretty please.

Ordering is available Monday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm. (The ordering platform is turned off after hours.)

Pickup is available Monday-Saturday 11 am-6 pm, at 4115 Lomo Alto Dr. To order, call 214-521-7193 or go online at ritasandqueso.com.

"It has been awesome to see people integrating Ritas & Queso into their quarantine routine — people are gifting kits to friends or enjoying with family. We are so thankful for the support," Collins says.