Meso Maya

Try This: Budin Azteca
3050 S. Hulen St. | mesomaya.com

Forget that Meso Maya is an El Fenix spinoff. That'll just bring to mind cheese enchiladas and crispy beef tacos. New on Hulen Street, the Fort Worth location of this Dallas mini-chain is far removed from the world of typical Tex-Mex.

The menu here, developed by chef Nico Sanchez (who cut his teeth in Dallas at Cuba Libre, The Porch and Hibiscus), focuses on interior Mexico dishes.

Think of enchiladas draped in a chocolate-tinged sweet mole sauce. Picture Budin Azteca, a lasagna-like dish layered in corn tortillas and red chile sauce and your choice of meat.

Dream of washing it all down with a creamy avocado margarita, the restaurant's super-smooth (and super-potent) signature drink.

Now imagine savoring these items in handsome booths and low lights and a classy, upscale environment. I repeat: Not your typical Tex-Mex experience.