My first day in Dallas, my co-worker/friend decided to go off exploring, so I was on my own. Instead of asking the concierge for a suggestion, I went on Yelp to see who had the best happy hour specials. I looked at several restaurants within walking distance from my hotel and pictures (I’m all about pictures of the place and the food), I decided to take a short walk to RJ’s Mexican Cuisine.

The first thing you need to know about RJ’s Mexican Cuisine is that Happy Hour runs Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Yes, you read that right. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. So if you want to start the party early, you definitely can do so at RJ’s with their $5 margaritas. And please don’t think that just because the margaritas are $5, they must be weak. NOT true at all. My first drink was a frozen peach margarita and the flavor was on point. For my second drink, I ordered was a regular margarita on the rocks. It was just as good and even larger than my first margarita.

After enjoying chips, queso, and salsa for a little while, I finally decided on the Atlantic Salmon entrée.  This included salmon covered in spinach, portabella mushrooms, lump crab, Mexican cheeses, sherry cream, red rice and grilled asparagus, served with a side of Mexican rice. VERDICT: OH EM GEE, when I tell you this dish was amazing, it was the bomb. My taste buds were happily dancing to this meal.

Sadly, I had stuffed myself with too many chips and salsa, so I couldn’t complete my meal and ended up taking half of it back to the hotel with me to finish there. As soon as I hopped off my bar stool, I realized just how strong the margaritas were. Let’s just say I walked back to my hotel that night with a little sway in my walk if you know what I mean.

I decided to go back to RJ’s later in the week when I had a little free time. Of all the Tex-Mex, I had that week, RJ’s salsa and margaritas were the best I had. And I’m a sucker for a cheap, but strong margarita. The weather was nice and RJ’s was a short walk from my cousin’s apartment. Once there, I grabbed a table and a margarita outside. I quickly decided on the pork tacos which was shredded pork, guajillo chiles, Mexican spices, pico de gallo, queso fresco & salsa verde and a side of slaw and Mexican rice. VERDICT: YUMMY. I love a flavorful pork taco with slaw and salsa and RJ’s more than satisfied my desire.

So if you’re ever in Dallas, head to the historic West End and have a meal at RJ’s Mexican Restaurant. You will not be disappointed.

Have you been to RJ’s before? If not, what’s your favorite Mexican restaurant in Texas?


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