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Downtown Dallas kingpin opens new queso-loving Tex-Mex restaurant

Downtown Dallas kingpin opens new queso-loving Tex-Mex restaurant

Queso Beso
Tex-Mex is their thing. Photo courtesy of Queso Beso

Downtown Dallas' doting mogul Tim Headington is opening another restaurant: Called Queso Beso, it's a Tex-Mex place and will open at 1525 Main St. on December 13.

The restaurant is going into a historic building on Main Street across from The Joule Dallas hotel, also owned by Headington. The space was previously home to Sol Irlandes, a Tex-Mex place that closed in 2018. Tex-Mex out, Tex-Mex in.

A release calls Queso Beso "an homage to Tex-Mex" that celebrates the cuisine's greatest hits in a playful, casual environment.

Unsurprisingly, queso is a thing. There are two versions:

  • Queso Blanco, available original style or “compuesta” with chorizo, guacamole, crema, and green onion
  • Queso Fundido, a more traditional version with Oaxacan and Chihuahua cheeses and roasted peppers, accompanied by fresh corn tortillas

Two is good, two is great, but don't a lot of places have two quesos? Seems like maybe a third and even fourth variety would be called for in this scenario? Just a thought.

Appetizers range from classics such as guacamole, nachos, and flautas, to coastal-inspired "coctel de mariscos" with gulf shrimp or campechana, and tostadas de pulpo.

Classics on the menu include a variety of tacos such as chicken tinga, carne asada, grilled fish, and picadillo beef. There are also enchiladas, pozole, taco salads, and combo plates.

There will also be house specials such as shrimp diablo with roasted sweet peppers, corn pico, and red chili butter; and braised chicken en mole served with house mole and fresh corn tortillas.

The bar features beer, wine, and spirits including an extensive lineup of tequila and mezcal.

Specialty cocktails take inspiration from the flavors of Mexico and the Southwest and include frozen margaritas, ranch water, and an ancho-spiked paloma.

But the cocktail menu also dabbles in the tiki trend with the Frozen Painkiller, made with Bacardi superior rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut. Maybe if that drink sells well, Tim's next thing will be tiki.

The restaurant will be open for lunch, dinner, and drinks seven days a week.

The restaurant features what the release calls an eclectic and colorful design. That includes vinyl diner chairs, piñatas, and a ceiling full of Christmas lights.

On the ground floor, they've enclosed the patio in glass to allow for comfortable dining year-round, with three TVs for sports. Upstairs is a private event space and open-air terrace are available for booking large parties.

The restaurant will overlook the 30-foot-tall sculpture Eye. The Eye is always watching. Do you suppose Tim has a monitoring device inside that thing?

Queso Beso marks the 12th restaurant in Lord Headington's portfolio and includes Americano, CBD Provisions, Weekend Coffee, Midnight Rambler, Mirador, No Aloha, and Commissary downtown; Wheelhouse, Sassetta, and Go Go in the Design District; and The Porch on Knox-Henderson.