Richard Avila’s Mextopia on Lower Greenville, which opened recently, is great for a date. It’s small and has good lighting, plus there is live music most nights. We went the first time on a Friday night, before a show at the Contemporary Theater of Dallas, and there was a delightful acoustic-guitar player.

We started with ceviche, which used fresh white fish and was tasty, even though it needed salt (that’s what salt shakers are for). From a menu of specialty margaritas, I chose the most basic one, which was $7 and is just tequila, lime juice and organic sugar. Simple and delicious, the margaritas are hand mixed — no frozen stuff here. My dinner partners ordered the “margarita de limón”, which has Cointreau and is more like $9. Next time, I’ll try the Paloma, which has fresh grapefruit juice. The house margarita is $5 on Mondays.

There are so many interesting things on the menu here — a chile relleno that can be ordered with brisket, handmade cheese and jalapeño tamales, black bean enchiladas — but for a first visit, I had to try the chicken mole. And it was no disappointment. It is a boneless stewed chicken breast smothered in rich brown mole, which is about as good as it gets.

For dessert, we shared the flan, which was simple and perfect. But next time, I’m trying the bread pudding.

We went back to Mextopia this week for their $2 tacos and Tecate Tuesday special. The beer is Tecate Light on tap, which is fine for $2. You can choose from chicken, beef or brisket tacos. I chose the brisket, which was moist and flavorful, on corn tortillas. For a total of $8, I thought it was a pretty good dinner.


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