Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
When you are in Dallas, the dining options will leave you scratching your head to find time to get to all of the new gems that have been popping up over the past few months. One in particular is Te Deseo in the Harwood section of Downtown Dallas, just steps away from the American Airlines Center and right in the mix serving up two levels of goodness for its patrons.
When you walk into Te Deseo, you certainly feel as if you have been transported back into the roots of Mexico with its décor on the first floor. Step upstairs to their patio and this is Dallas dining. Part drinks.. part hotspot and part packed full of the to be seen in town folks, you will instantly know why this is the new place to be in Dallas.
“We ultimately combined several different recipes and techniques of Central America,” says Executive Chef Ty Thaxton. “Most items are made in house, from the dough, chorizo, sauces, to our tortilla chips and more. Although, if a local tortilleria is making better tortillas than us, we will buy from them. For instance, we went out of our way to find a source for real blue corn tortillas. We finally chose to work with one in the Southwest using real blue corn—not dying it.”
One of the must have’s to start your meal on his menu are the skewers. They have beef, chicken and shrimp as options and the spices and the flavor from all three is more than authentic Mexican. The sauce makes each one of the items even more desirable.
Main dishes include wood-grilled Chilean sea bass and grilled shrimp tacos, with Peruvian jumbo asparagus and borracho beans on the side. On the cocktail menu, find drinks like the Callao, a mix of pisco, yuzu liqueur, and lime, and the Centro, a tequila-based sip with passionfruit juice, ginger liqueur, and a raspberry popsicle garnish.
Here is a recap of what we enjoyed in case you missed what we hit on during our visit.
- There are wood-fired meat skewers, enchiladas, and tacos
- The restaurant is 14,000 square feet
- There are more than 100 tequilas and mezcals to choose from
- There’s a rooftop bar and a courtyard
- There are cigars.. and the seen and be seen of people in Dallas!
So whether you are looking for another fun night out in Dallas, or going to check out of the many events at the American Airlines Center this Fall, this is the place to be.