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Guadalupe in the Guest Room
Through March 17
Presented by WaterTower Theatre
15650 Addison Road, Addison
For tickets, click here
We chatted with director Christie Vela about the play. You can read more in our interview here.
Address: 5505 Belt Line Road in Dallas
Hours: Sunday, 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.– 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.– 10:30 p.m.
Parking: Large parking lot at restaurant
Distance from the show venue: About a 10-15 minute-drive to WaterTower Theatre, with traffic
To select a restaurant that pairs well with WaterTower Theatre's Guadalupe in the Guest Room, I consulted WaterTower's website, which lists several nearby eateries, all of which are supportive of the theatre in some way. Of those on the list, Mesero jumped out.
Mesero features contemporary Tex-Mex food and craft cocktails at its five locations in the Dallas area: Prestonwood, Inwood Village, Legacy West, Clearfork and Victory Park. I recently stopped into the Prestonwood location on Belt Line Road, the one closest to WaterTower Theatre in Addison.
The modern interior includes a main dining room and a separate beautiful bar area to the side. Outside, there's a large patio with additional seating that features a peaceful view of a golf course. The patio screamed: "Come back on a warm day and have a margarita!” At least, that’s what I heard.
Shortly after I was seated, I was given a metal canister of chips and three different salsas in small square bowls—a red sauce, an orange sauce and a green one. My server didn't offer up an explanation about the three, so I asked.
The red sauce was a regular tomato salsa that tasted a little ho-hum compared to the others. The orange salsa, called Pachi Pachi, was made with green tomatoes, red tomatoes and chile de arbol. It was, by far, my favorite. Full of flavor with just the right punch of heat, I’d go back for the Pachi Pachi salsa alone. The green sauce, a salsa verde with chunks of avocado in it, was also delicious.
The chips were thick and crunchy, and they were not over-salted. The only thing that would have made them better was if they had been served warm.
I went through two bowls of Pachi Pachi sauce (and all my chips) as I perused the menu, trying to decide what to order. The Mesero menu offers a wide selection of options to satisfy any kind of Tex-Mex craving, usually with a flavorful twist in term of ingredients and/or presentation. The extensive menu includes starters to share like queso, shrimp ceviche, nachos, guacamole and quesadillas. You’ll also find plenty of salad, soup and stew options, plus tacos, enchiladas, combinations and larger entrees like carne asada, filet a la mesero, grilled chicken dishes and fish entrees. Mesero also offers traditional American fare like a hamburger, hot dog or crispy chicken plus a kids’ menu and weekend brunch.
For a starter, I ordered the shrimp ceviche. It's made with tiger shrimp (marinated with citrus), jalapeño peppers, heirloom grape tomatoes, green onion, avocado and cilantro. The presentation was a surprise: it’s served as a rectangular block of bright colors, topped with a slice of additional avocado and a lime wedge. The ceviche delivered on taste too, with fresh, lively ingredients. I would definitely order it again. The portion was much larger than I expected, making it a perfect appetizer to share with up to 4 people.
Selecting an entree was difficult because so many options on the menu sounded appealing. In the end, I opted for the combination No. 4: verde enchilada, brisket taco, mesero slaw, arroz verde (green rice) and a side of black beans.
The enchilada was filled with a generous portion of tender seasoned chicken and topped with a verde sauce. Typically, it's also topped with crema, but I asked them to leave it off because of an allergy, which they accommodated with no problem. The brisket in my taco was tender and seasoned well. Luckily, it wasn't too salty, like many brisket tacos I've had. The rice was tasty, and the slaw added a crunchy, tangy balance to the plate.
Next time I visit, I have my eye on some other entrees, including the salmon a la plancha and the carne asada. And, assuming I go on a warm day, you’ll find me on the patio with a large margarita. Salud!
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» You can also read Kelly's review of Mesero on her blog, Kitchen Gone Rogue, which has additional photos.