Yes, Chef Nico Sanchez is a stickler for precision and detail, and Meso Maya offers a menu unparalleled in the city. From the heart-shaped leaves of the hoja santa, which we use to wrap tamales, to the particular paring of cochinita pibil (pork) and achiote (spice), the fare here is unrelentingly faithful to the dishes you’ll find throughout the regions of Central and Southern Mexico. And authenticity is the main ingredient in everything we serve.
There’s a rhythm to tortilla making. Dry white corn is harvested at plump maturity and placed into a mixture of pure water and lime powder to cook al dente. The corn chills overnight and meets the next morning with a cool water rinse. The corn makes its way through the grinder where it’s transformed into mill—creating the foundation of a paste called masa. The masa is then skillfully hand molded into golf ball-sized spheres and pressed into thin, flat circles. The circles are grilled just long enough to create a warm wrapping—one we affectionately call tortilla perfection.
For more information, please click the link below or contact our catering specialist at 972-388-5428
Meso Maya’s Catering Department was awarded the coveted Texas Star Award for “Best Catered Event.”
A memorable event starts with food that delights and an atmosphere that inspires. Combined with worry-free planning, we offer the best of all worlds for both guest and host. Perfect for casual cocktail parties up to 200 guests or formal celebrations up to 115 guests, Meso Maya pulls the details together with food, drink, and seating options appropriate for your occasion. Customize your menu or pick preset fare. Choose from private indoor dining or semi-private patio seating.
Here, you set the mood and we create the atmosphere. This is boutique dining at its finest.
For a boutique dining proposal, please click the link below or contact 972-388-5428
Meso Maya’s Catering Department was awarded the coveted Texas Star Award for “Best Catered Event.”
1611 mckinney avenue
dallas, texas 75202
a dallas landmark
Meso Maya is part of Firebird Restaurant Group, the company behind two other restaurants you know and love—El Fenix and La Ventana. Since 2008, Firebird has opened 10 new locations, satisfying the appetites of diners across the area, and more restaurants are planned for the near future. How does Meso Maya and the entire Firebird family keep diners craving items on the menu? Mike Karns, our CEO, puts it like this: “We see an increasing trend for menu options that are fresh, seasonal, and homemade. We are continually evolving our menu items to stay current or ahead of these trends. We like standing apart from the masses and creating something different from the sea of sameness that exists in many markets.”
Our building on McKinney Avenue has a long history—more than 75 years worth. It started in 1938 when the Spanish-style building was built for the Luna Tortilla Factory. The restaurant and its next-door neighbor, El Fenix, were instant favorites for residents and visitors of Dallas’ Little Mexico community, and it offered the first Mexican restaurant patio in the city. In late 2012, the building was renovated to accommodate Meso Maya, bringing to the area a new genre of Mexican food and culture. This well-known location recently received an award and was recognized by Preservation Dallas for preserving the history and culture of the Dallas community.
Meso Maya’s kitchen is led by Nico Sanchez, the executive chef. Chef Nico’s love for the culinary arts started at age nine, when he worked for a bakery, making deliveries and assisting in the kitchen in Mexico. Nico honed his skills at several restaurants throughout the country, in states such as Vera Cruz, where he learned about seafood, dried chilies, and making sauces from scratch, and Oaxaca, where he perfected tamale-making techniques. In 1996 he left Mexico for Dallas so he could pursue his goal of becoming a renowned chef. By traveling from state to state throughout Mexico, Chef Nico learned many of the culinary skills that patrons in the area enjoy every day. Chef Nico earned his reputation within the Dallas restaurant scene by working at Cuba Libre,
The Porch, Hibiscus, and Meso Maya. His food is celebrated for its complexity, unique presentation, and fresh flavors (thanks, in part, to his love of gardening—he grows peppers, tomatoes, squash, and onions).
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