December 12, 2019

YOU HAD ME AT QUESO

The newest restaurant on Main Street is already a favorite

You know that feeling when you meet someone and instantly know you’re going to be friends? Walking into Queso Beso—beneath the ceiling of twinkling lights, surrounded by chips and frozen margaritas and tacos—we just knew.

 

 

An homage to everything we love about Tex-Mex, Queso Beso officially open its doors tomorrow. It marks the twelfth restaurant in Headington Companies’ portfolio, which presently includes Americano, CBD Provisions, Mirador, Midnight Rambler, Weekend Coffee, No Aloha, and Commissary downtown; Wheelhouse, Sassetta, and Go Go in the Design District, and The Porch on Knox-Henderson.

 

 

Alongside The Eye (across Main Street from The Joule), Queso Beso is housed in an historic building originally constructed at the turn of the century. With more than a fresh coat of paint, interior renovations have transformed the space into an eclectic, colorful treat.

 

On the ground floor, a glass-enclosed patio looks out to the street and lawn in front of The Eye. Upstairs, a private event space and open-air terrace are available for large parties—definitely the place to book this spring. Diner-style chairs, piñatas, Christmas lights, and mint green vinyl floors add a hint of nostalgia.

 

 

The menu itself is a little nostalgic, too—a nod to Tex-Mex’s greatest hits, including tacos (chicken tinga, carne asada, grilled fish, picadillo beef), enchiladas, fajitas, taco salads, and, of course, queso. Three types of cheesy goodness star on the menu: Queso Blanco, Queso Blanco Compuesta (with chorizo, guacamole, crema, and green onion), and a more traditional Queso Fundido with Oaxacan and Chihuahua cheeses and roasted peppers accompanied by fresh corn tortillas and limes.

 

 

While the classic dishes stay largely true to form, the chefs have shown their creativity in ad-venturous offerings like Chile En Nogada (pork and vegetable-stuffed poblano with walnut sauce and pomegranate) and Pescado Veracruzana (spicy tomato, green olives, and cilantro rice).

 

 

The best pairing for all the above is tequila—and lots of it. Along with beer, wine, and spirits, the bar at Queso Beso has an extensive lineup of tequilas and mezcals. Plus, there’s a full menu of craft cocktails we’re looking forward to trying top to bottom. An early favorite is the Ancho Paloma with its sparkling combination of citrus, sweet, and a little heat. But it’s early on in this relationship, and like we said, it’s definitely long-term.

The Details: Queso Beso, 1525 Main Street. Complimentary valet up to 90 minutes across Main Street at The Joule. Monday–Saturday 11 AM¬–11 PM; Sunday 11 AM¬–9 PM. Follow along on Instagram here.