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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Dallas
Food
Feel
Price
6.5
6.5
$35
Mexican
Casual restaurant

Hours
Sun–Thu 11:00am–10:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–11:00pm

Features Kid-friendly, outdoor dining
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted

www.rjmexicancuisine.com

Downtown
1701 N. Market St.
Dallas, Texas
(214) 744-1420
RJ Mexican Cuisine
Nouveau border straddle that results in overcomplicated (and out of place) preps

They call it Nouveau Mexican, which means (we think) that it can get a little busy with the ingredients. Witness pan-seared blackened ahi tuna perched on a bed of marinated cucumbers and topped with mango salsa plus an avocado butter, pink grapefruit, and achoite glaze. Consistency falters a bit, too, with service fluctuating from good to impossibly slow.

But that’s no reason to write RJ off in a blur of margarita besottedness. RJ taps the creative juices flowing from various culinary regions of Mexico. You can get killer fish tacos, delicate with arousing flavors. Ceviche with red snapper and shrimp and flecks of tomato, biting chile, and cilantro isn’t bad either. There’s the usual stuff—enchiladas, tamales, burritos, chiles rellenos, and fajitas. But then there are odd entrants like linguini in red chile tomatillo cream and St. Louis-style ribs—not sure which Mexican region those come from.

The white tablecloth dining room is cozy, if non-descript, with orange and black accents. But the patio is a great platform from which to ogle the West End tourist swarms, which have been thinning as of late. For this you must indulge the margarita menus, with concoctions such as strawberry, raspberry, passion fruit, mango, and peach. Great martinis too, including the “Maria Tini,” a bloody ‘tini with a jalapeño-stuffed olive to tickle your senses.

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