Food

El Rincon Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar

March 8, 2017
El Rincon Mexican Kitchen Tequila Bar Carrollton food blogger North Dallas Blog Blogger Love You More Too

On “the Corner” of Elm and 4th Street in downtown Carrolton, you’ll find El Rincon, a family owned treasure serving delicious Mexican food.  Brandon with Brandon Does Dallas invited me to a media dinner at El Rincon for a look at (and taste of) their popular menu items.  Few things in life are better than great food, drinks, and conversations.

About El Rincon

Susan Na, along with her husband and brother, moved from New Orleans to Dallas with the idea to open a restaurant.  When the space for El Rincon came available, they jumped on it and immediately renovated it to the cool, minimalistic, Mexican resort style theme you see today.  With the help of talented chefs and bartenders, they have made their dream a reality.  El Rincon offers a variety of the best tequilas in their craft cocktails and a menu to drool over.

Most notable is their hospitality.  From the moment you walk in the door until you leave, you truly feel that they hand-crafted everything just for you.  Their goal “is for you to come in our front doors as a guest, then leave our tables as family.”  They accomplished that goal for me, and I cannot wait to come back for a family reunion.

The drinks

El Rincon uses house made fruit juices and infusions to give their drinks the freshest flavors. They ofree unique flavor combinations.

El Rincon Mexican Kitchen Tequila Bar Carrollton food blogger North Dallas Blog Blogger Love You More Too

The Margarita of the month rotates, but is always a good choice for people who don’t know what to order.

El Rincon Mexican Kitchen Tequila Bar Carrollton food blogger North Dallas Blog Blogger Love You More Too

As a child, I loved cinnamon apple sauce.  El Rincon’s Apple Habanero Margarita is an adult version of that favorite treat.  It tastes completely different drinking it from the straw than it does from the cinnamon, salt and pepper rim.  The habanero gives it a hint of spice that is leveled out with the apple.

Another great drink is the Pineapple Serrano Gimlet.  They infuse Sauza blue with roasted pineapple and serrano peppers. Don’t let the serrano scare you, it’s not as spicy as it sounds.

El Rincon Mexican Kitchen Tequila Bar Carrollton food blogger North Dallas Blog Blogger Love You More Too

If tequila isn’t your favorite, then order the Hola Mami! Not only will this drink transport you to the beach, but the hibiscus simple syrup is fantastic. Most places use ginger beer to give their drinks that ginger flavor, but this drink gets it’s ginger from a ginger puree.

The food

El Rincon gets food right.  Their menu boasts a wide range of Mexican favorites.

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The Nachos Locos are crazy huge and is a perfect appetizer to serve several people.  Chipotle dressing sets these nachos apart from any others you have had, so it’s alright if you want to keep them to yourself.

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My MeMe makes the best enchiladas in the world, but El Rincon makes a close second.  The Rincon Enchiladas are stuffed with shredded chicken and covered in that delicious chipotle cream sauce.  In order to even out the indulgence, they are served with asparagus and mushrooms and cilantro rice.

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A house favorite is the Pollo en Champinones. The chef tops grilled chicken breast with mushroom cream sauce and serves it with cilantro rice and spinach.  I loved how tender the chicken was.  Don’t forget to sop up the chicken with all of the sauce, you don’t want it to go to waste.

El Rincon Mexican Kitchen Tequila Bar Carrollton food blogger North Dallas Blog Blogger Love You More Too

I should know by now that restaurants serve more than chocolate.  It is inevitable that I will order the chocolate dessert every time.  However, the Rosita Flan at El Rincon should not be ignored.  Imagine a cross between decadent strawberry cake and Mexican flan and that is this dessert. Do yourself a favor and save room.

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PIN for later

What is your go-to order at Mexican food restaurants? What would you order at El Rincon?  Leave me a comment below! 

Special thank you to El Rincon for having us out.  Although the food and drinks were part of the tasting, all thoughts and opinions remain my own

46 Comments

  • Reply Madd March 8, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Omg I absolutely love Mexican food! This restaurant sounds amazing I wish we had one where I live! (The closesnt is 1 hours drive)! Btw your pics are lovely!

    • Reply Jessica March 8, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you so much girl! It’s delicious. I am surrounded by amazing Mexican food restaurants, so I feel very lucky.

  • Reply Alicia Nicole March 8, 2017 at 7:21 am

    My husband is Mexican -American and we’ve probably been to every Mexican Restaurant in our city but this place looks amazingggg. That flan looks so good and the Apple Habanero Margarita sounds like it’s right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!!

    Alicia Nicole xo
    https://www.mymelanatedbeautiful.com

    • Reply Jessica March 12, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      It’s so good! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Bonnie Marrow March 8, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Those nachos look so good. I like the seat fabric too

    • Reply Jessica March 13, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Me too! It’s so pretty. And, yes, the nachos are fantastic!

  • Reply Karen L March 8, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Oh yummm that sounds amazing! I’ll have to try if I’m ever in the area! If anyone knows how to do food, it’s people from New Orleans!

    • Reply Jessica March 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      Right?! I can’t wait to visit in September and find out for myself.

  • Reply Lauren @ Power Cleans and Pinot Noir March 8, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Apple habanero! YUM! I’m from New Orleans too, so I’ll have to check this place out.

    • Reply Jessica March 13, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      You will love it! It’s delicious!

  • Reply Candy March 8, 2017 at 9:43 am

    If I am ever in the area I’ll be hitting this restaurant up for a delicious meal.

    • Reply Jessica March 13, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      It is delicious!!

  • Reply Kami Blease March 8, 2017 at 9:59 am

    ok mouth is waterinnggggg and its not even 10am! Haha get me some dranks and mexican food! haha This sounds delish, thanks for the recommendations, those are always so helpful, cant wait to try this place out!

    • Reply Jessica March 13, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Haha. Every time I come back to this post, it happens to me too!

  • Reply Erik March 8, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Nice find, those dranks need drank. Git in mah bellah!

    • Reply Jessica March 13, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      Double date night here soon!

  • Reply Kenya March 8, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Ouuuu my family lovesss Mexican food! I could use a drank or two right this second

    • Reply Jessica March 13, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      Me too! Good drinks are good for the soul.

  • Reply Charlotte March 9, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Awww, I love the goal of this restaurant < places like this always leave an immediate impression on me. The food, and those nachos especially, looks amazing! Mmm… now I want Mexican lol. Looks like a great place 🙂

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Yes! Me too. I have had dreams of the nachos since we left.

  • Reply Divya March 9, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Oh gosh, my stomach is growling, yet all I can do is stare at that margarita. I would love to go to dinner here! YUM!

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      It’s wonderful! So so good!

  • Reply Rebecca Hicks March 9, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Yum yum yum!! I love me a big plate of nachos, and those looked incredible! And girl… that chicken has me written all over it. I need to give this place a try next time I’m in Dallas. <3

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Yas!! Seriously, they are so good. The sauce they put on top is amaze-balls.

  • Reply Crystal // Dreams, etc. March 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Those nachos look delicious! I love chipotle sauces too, so I’d be all over those!

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Head on down and try some! 😉

  • Reply Kristin March 9, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Those photos are gorgeous — and the food and drinks look amazing! I love that they clearly balance color and texture in addition to flavor.

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you, Kristin!! You are so right with the balance.

  • Reply Andi March 9, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I love Mexican food, it’s unusual to find a chicken/mushroom on the menu – it looks delicious. I’ll take one of the margaritas!

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      I could go for another margarita! haha.

  • Reply Melissa Blake March 9, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    OMG!!! Those look soooooo yummyyy!!! xoxo

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you Melissa!! Everything was wonderful.

  • Reply Penny Struebig March 9, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    We are going to have to have Mexican this weekend! Your pictures have convinced me!

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Haha. Hope you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Sharon March 10, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Yum! Those drinks are screaming my name, especially the gimlet. everything looks so delicious. I think my favorite food are the enchiladas! They look so creamy and cheesy at the same time.

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      The enchiladas were my favorite too!! YUMMM!

  • Reply Stacy March 13, 2017 at 5:24 am

    I haven’t tried this place yet. The Hola Mami sounds delicious!

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      You must try it! You will love it! They are fantastic at customer service and food (and drinks)!

  • Reply dixya @food, pleasure, and health March 13, 2017 at 7:14 am

    totally digging that drink! seems like its a must try place.

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      It is! You will love it!

  • Reply Ginger Marie March 13, 2017 at 9:48 am

    ALLL of this food looks good! I need to check this place out ASAP!

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      We need to plan a happy hour here STAT. 😉

  • Reply Nicole McIntosh March 13, 2017 at 9:55 am

    love this suggestion! all the food looks so delicious!

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      The food and drinks are both SO GOOD. 🙂

  • Reply Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler March 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Jessica, this meal looks incredible! It’s interesting to see how far Mexican cuisine in the states has come. It’s not just your standard tacos, burritos, and frozen margaritas anymore. I love Mexican food and a good margarita, so I’ve pinned your post as a reminder for where to eat when I visit Dallas. Texas has been on my travel wish list for quite a while now, and this post has certainly added to that desire. The drinks look especially tantalizing. I’m always down for a margarita, but I’d love to give that gimlet a try. Can’t resist pineapple flavored cocktails!

    • Reply Jessica March 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Erin, You will LOVE Dallas. You’ll have to let me know when you visit and I will send you a ton of suggestions. 🙂 There is so much to do here. I absolutely love the city and I have traveled many places. 😀

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