I had been told about Pappacito's by some work mates that it was the place to go to for Mexican food in the Dallas area. So meeting up with some friends while in town they recommended that we go there to eat. To put it mildly it was a fantastic experience.
First of all the look of the building when you pull in is great. They really went all out decorating the outside to look like an aged cantina that would dot any countryside in either Texas or Mexico. Impressive fountains line the sides of a wooden bridge leading into the entrance. Immediately to the left of the front door is a huge outdoor sitting area. Given the time of year, it was a little chilly to eat outside but another part of the year I imagine it would be fun. Inside the decor is much the same as one large room is filled end to end with tables and one wall is lined by the bar. Overall I really liked the ambiance and feel of the restaurant both inside and out.
As for the food, where to begin? We had a large party on a Friday night and the staff was very accommodating helping us. The first thing we ordered was guacamole. The have a special person on staff that comes to the table and make the guacamole fresh right at your seats. We had two batches made one with jalapenos and one without. With expert grace he made up the dish in seconds and it was delicious. My only knock on the meal was the regular salsa they served, it was mediocre and bland. Some bites had heat but still no flavor. The salsa was disappointing. The meals however quickly overcame this small complaint. My friends ordered a fajita dish made with seafood that blew me away. It had lobster, shrimp, chicken, and a host of vegetables. The server started out pouring the melted butter down a skewer of shrimp. It was a mouthwatering display of greatness. For me I ordered a grilled Mahi-Mahi that came on a bed of vegetables with rice and beans. As most places do in Texas they grill using Mesquite pieces. I personally love Mesquite and when cooked with the flavorful fish made a very tasty dish. In fact it was the best Mahi-Mahi I have ever had and one of the best pieces of fish I have ever eaten. The kids at the table ordered chicken quesadillas that looked more like an adult portion that a child’s. They were well done and looked very appetizing, although due to the size of them, none of them finished it.
My final verdict is that Pappacito's is everything that its reputation said it was. If you are looking for a genuine Mexican food experience in the Dallas area this is the place to go. It has the ambiance, the marvelous food, and a great location that make it well worth a visit, or perhaps three.
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