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Maria’s Mexican Kitchen

Felipe Armenta’s ode to his mother and her ancestral Guanajuato home ups the game for elevated Mexican dining in a gorgeous contemporary setting. Try this: Shredded short rib meat slathered in red chile sauce atop supple sopes gets a perky finish from pickled red onion, tempered by queso fresco. Mama Maria’s signature mole, a dark brick hue and perfectly velvety, envelops a juicy half-chicken; its deep and nuanced elements get a nice foil in the tart, crunchy escabeche veggies alongside. Thick shreds of crab fill a tender trio of enchiladas, each with a distinctive spicy almond sauce (one infused with green chile, one with red, and one left simple and creamy). Pro tip: Crowds fill the place day and night, so a patio table under the giant live oak is advised; the bar is charming but noisy.

City: Fort Worth

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 1712 S. University, Fort Worth, TX, 76107

Hours: L Mon–Fri. D 7 days. B Sat & Sun.

Phone: 817-916-0550

Website: mariasmexicankitchen.com

Last updated: July 6, 2021