Escondido Tex Mex from Dallas seafood guy opens at Preston Royal
A Dallas restaurateur known for seafood is trying his hand at Tex-Mex: Called Escondido Tex-Mex Patio, it's from Jon Alexis (TJ's Seafood Market, Malibu Poke), and according to a release will open at the intersection of Preston Road and Royal Lane on November 14.
The restaurant is going into the old Ruggeri's space at 5950 Royal Ln. #A, where it will be open daily for lunch and dinner, with brunch on the way.
“We are always focused on providing our diners with high-quality, delicious food along with warm hospitality," Alexis says in a statement. "TJ’s has served Preston Royal and Preston Hollow since 1989. We have long-standing relationships with so many neighbors. We look forward to creating so many new relationships at Escondido and providing a neighborhood destination for any night of the week."
The menu features family-friendly Tex-Mex classics including nachos, tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas. Flour and corn tortillas are from local tortilleria La Norteña.
Menu highlights include
Queso Perfecto with brisket, guacamole, salsa verde, pico
El Trio - guacamole, queso, and cilantro ranch dip
Chicken Flautas - chicken tinga, queso, salsa verde
Elote Fritters - fried corn, lime crema
Tex-Mex Pizza - ground beef, flour tortilla, three cheese blend, ranchero sauce and lime crema
There are enchiladas, salads, combo plates, fajitas, carne asada, chile relleno, and tacos in some intriguing options such as crispy ground beef, brisket, chicken tinga, and spiced salmon, and Huevos Rancheros served all day.
Cocktails include 12 margarita varieties, frozen and on the rocks, in flavors such as blackberry swirl, skinny, mango, and jalapeño cucumber, plus Mexican-inspired cocktails, made with 100 percent blue agave tequila, Mexican beer on draft, and a small assortment of wine.
The restaurant seats 75 inside, with another 75 on the patio, with cozy booths, floral elements, black & white tiles, wrought iron light fixtures, string lights, and an indoor/outdoor bar connected to the patio with Mexican tile.
A dedicated to-go window is directly off Royal Lane.