Mexican Cantina

New Addison restaurant elevates Tex-Mex with from-scratch approach

New Addison restaurant elevates Tex-Mex with from-scratch approach

T Blanco's Mexican Cantina
T. Blanco's Mexican Cantina is debuting a second branch in Addison. Photo courtesy of T Blanco's

A new taste of Tex-Mex comes to the Dallas area via T. Blanco's Mexican Cantina, a restaurant from Longview that's debuting its second branch in Addison in late fall.

The restaurant will open in the space at 15207 Addison Rd., most previously home to Buttons, which closed in 2015, but it's probably better known as the former Sambuca space.

Co-owner Mason White, who founded the restaurant with his father Thomas, says that they'd been thinking about opening in the Dallas area but pulled the trigger after they were offered the location. "We'd looked at a couple of places, but once the Sambuca building came up, we went from there," he says.

Lest you think this is just another Tex-Mex spot, White offers intel that would indicate otherwise.

"It's more of a scratch gourmet kitchen than your normal Tex-Mex," he says. "Everything is made fresh in-house daily, from our own products."

They also have a couple of signature items that are unique.

"We do a fried avocado that we're well-known for," he says. "It's an avocado stuffed with whatever meat you want, and jack cheese, and then deep-fried. We serve it with a creamy jalapeño sauce."

There are also cocktails, oh yes, there are cocktails. "We have three frozen items including our house margarita, but the drink a lot of people at our Longview restaurant love is our frozen Crown and Coke, like a spiked slushie. For Addison, we'll be doing more frozen drinks and a more elaborate bar menu, including lots of different tequilas."

Addison, you are on notice. "Addison is restaurant row," White says. "We figured, if we're going to try this, it's the place to do it."