As newbies on the block, La Onda and El Rincon del Maiz are putting Dallas-Fort Worth on the national map for something more than just good ol’ barbecue. Bon Appetit’s 50 Best New Restaurants list includes these two area eateries.
Located in a little blue house on Race Street in Fort Worth, Latin-inspired La Onda features one-of-a-kind seafood. Emulating a classic dry-aging technique seen in steakhouses, Chef Victor Villerreal removes some of the moisture from the meat to enhance the flavor and texture of the fish. What’s on the menu, you ask? Well, the best way to see is to pay a visit because the restaurant sources its inventory from fresh catches that week—providing an ever-changing menu that keeps customers on their toes.
Located inside a former Sonic drive-in in the Dallas suburb of Garland, El Rincon del Maiz is home to classic South Mexican food. Although it offers a “regular” menu with classic chicken, pork, and steak offerings, the joint is truly praised for its eight varieties of homemade corn tortillas (beet, cilantro, chipotle, chocolate, guajillo chili, mango habanero, nopal, and plain) and extensive array of plant-based options.