Buoyed by the success of its original Plano and subsequent Las Colinas locations, this splashy Mexican spot found a primo site in Uptown’s McKinney & Olive complex for its Dallas debut. Tasteful art sets a stylish tone, and the upstairs patio offers stunning views. The contemporary menu channels regional dishes made modern. The Garden Tlayuda was a fresh take on a shareable Oaxacan appetizer: a crisp, thin masa disc topped with refried beans, queso fresco, avocado, and lettuce; this one got upgrades of charred onion, roasted tomato, and mounds of lightly dressed watercress. Tacos, prepared with house-made tortillas, came with rice and refried beans; we loved the carnitas, slow-cooked pork offset with tangy chunks of tomatillo and crispy bits of chicharrón. We preferred the chile-brined, mesquite-smoked pork chop and the Marisco Veracruz—scallops, shrimp, and crisp-skinned bass with caramelized fennel in a spicy tomato-chile sauce—to the pricey ($62) Pecan Mole Ribeye.
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A splashy Mexican restaurant in the McKinney & Olive complex.