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Mexican Dining in the “Big D”: The Dallas Mexican Restaurant Scene is Moving Past its Comfort Zone

The average Dallas foodie’s understanding of regional Mexican cuisine was in its nascent stages when Nico Sanchez, a native of Guanajuato in central Mexico, began developing the menu for Meso Maya in 2011.

“My main idea was to bring a regional Mexican food option to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area,” says Sanchez, whose previous experience included stints at Dallas restaurants Cuba Libre, Hibiscus, and The Porch. “I wanted to bring something to the community, and go back to my roots and remember everything I was eating with my mom and grandmom. And we wanted to do it in a way that was approachable.”