Picoso’s Mexican Kitchen
An upscale offering from the proprietors of Leal’s, the popular West Texas chain, this west-side cantina makes a good showing with room for growth. The rustic-modern aesthetic, with dark metal, Edison lights, and wood accents, is perfect for a night out. That attention extends to the cocktail menu, which includes creative tequila-centered drinks. The menu offers standard Mexican and Tex-Mex fare, with a few standouts. The stuffed and fried avocado was nicely crisp, but its flavors were too restrained, lacking the spice and acid needed to balance the rich, smooth fruit. The salsa was similarly bland, but we loved the crispy relleno served over tender braised brisket and topped with queso.