Whenever there is a special occasion, we go to Javier’s. So when it was time to decide where to go for my birthday, the decision was unanimous.
Going to Javier’s is an experience. It has been around since 1977 and you have probably passed by it during the day mistaking it for an old house going north on McKinney Avenue. It is a place that comes to life at night, complete with twinkle lights in the trees, where true Mexican cuisine is served to perfection.
Once you sit down in the low lit dining area (after passing by the impressive amounts of massive game adorning the walls) your waiter brings over chips, two salsas, and butter. Yes, you read right. Butter. I have to admit, the first time I dined at Javier’s I thought it was a mistake! The only mistake that happened that first visit was not trying the butter with the chips and salsa. I can’t even begin to explain the sensation that happens when butter and salsa come together on a crispy corn chip. It is just magical.
B and I sipped on our favorite frozen sangria swirl margaritas (W and W stuck with the classic frozen) while we awaited our main course. Usually I get the Filete Cantinflas (“tenderloin beef filet thinly sliced, stuffed with Chihuahua cheese and seasoned butter, topped with a mild chile mulatto sauce and sliced avocado”) but I decided to split the Tenderloin Beef Fajitas with B. While the fajitas were divine and the perfect meal to split (they bring out two separate plates with your own serving of rice, beans, and guac), the Filete Cantinflas is out of this world. If you are going to Javier’s for the first time, you MUST. It is their best selling dish for a reason as it leaves a lasting impression, creating an instant salivating sensation at the thought of Javier’s. This sounds a tad bit dramatic, but it’s absolutely true.
W and W ate the Filete Pimienta (“tenderloin filet sautéed with chef’s special black pepper sauce”) and the Codorniz A La Talla (“charbroiled domestic Quail marinated in a spicy chile ancho and garlic sauce”). Both were hits and both plates went back clean.
After you have stuffed yourself into a Mexican food coma, you can choose to attempt to stuff in dessert (which we did not) or head over to the Cigar Bar located on the right end of the restaurant. If there was ever an excuse to drag your man out to dinner, mention the cigar bar. Even if they don’t smoke, hate the smell of smoke, or just pretend to smoke, they will love the experience. Each time I have been, the cigar bar has been packed but still seems to exude a high class relaxed ambiance.
Now I find myself craving chips, salsa, and butter. A craving that only Javier’s can fix.
4912 COLE AVENUE, DALLAS, TX 75205
CALL FOR RESERVATION: 214-521-4211
CUISINE: Traditional Mexican
PRICE: $$-$$$ ($30/$60 per person)
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