Las Palmas Puts Tex-Mex and Cocktails Front and Center in Uptown
It pretty much goes without saying that if there’s a buzzy new Tex-Mex spot to try, Dallas will respond in full force. But while a lot of places tend to focus more on the photo-worthy interiors and less on the actual food, it’s pretty easy to slip these pretty spots in and out of the rotation. Tex-Mex is a sentimental food around here… if it’s not served right, the atmosphere doesn’t matter.
Thankfully, Las Palmas has its priorities in order.
Las Palmas recently opened in the former Social House space on Routh Street. According to Eater, the restaurant has been in the works since last year from Sina Heidari and Pasha Heidari, the longtime Dallas dining family with outposts like Bowen House, Old Warsaw, and the Kennedy Room. While their main focus is the food, the interior is thoughtfully done with a polished-yet-worn vibe that makes it seem like it’s been open for years. Don’t worry Dallas, it’s very ‘grammable.
But let’s get to what matters. The restaurant is inspired by the Dallas dining scene spanning from the 1950s to the 1980s, so expect Tex-Mex staples like enchilada combo plates, hickory fajitas and fluffy tortillas made in-house. Chips and salsa are a given, with three different queso offerings and a perfectly simple dessert menu. Pro tip: Sundaes are great and all, but save room for a slice of sopapilla cheesecake. Trust me on this.
And because you can’t truly enjoy Tex-Mex without a cocktail in hand, a well-executed drink menu is a must. Forget the slushy concoctions from the humming machine in the corner — there are house margaritas available, their menu is equally classic and innovative. Choose from staples like the Sparkling Paloma or signatures like the Pink Fizz, a refreshing summer concoction of rum, watermelon, lemon, cane sugar, seedless jalapeño, and egg whites.
So treat yourself to some good old fashioned Tex-Mex (don’t forget that slice of cheesecake) and go ahead and snap a photo underneath the glowing neon sign outside. Your stomach (and your Instagram feed) will thank you.