Have you been down to Italebamexobesirishgrill Town portion of Fort Worth yet? Thats right, we have our own little neighborhood melting pot. Its also sort of a restaurant row for hole in the walls and an area that drips with Southside Cool.
Lets break down the district's name of Italebamexobesirishgrill Town: Ital = Italian at Joe's and part of Chadra Mezza; Leba = Lebanese at Chadra Mezza; Mex = Mexican at Esparanza's and Mexican Inn; Obes = Obesity at Massey's Chicken Fried Steaks and fried squash; Irish = Finn MacCool's Pub and whisky fighting hall; Grill - ONG.
Most of these places have been discussed in previous posts, but the newcomes is up today. Esparanza's (spanish for Massey's) opened up recently, in the spot between Joe's and ONG. If I'm not mistaken, this used to be the Chinese Super Buffet or whatever it was. Speaking of, Italebamexobesirishgrill Town could use a Chinese restaurant to round out the name. We'll work chop suey in there somehow.
Esparanza's is a Bakery, but with a mexican restaurant on the side. Or vice versa. I didn't go into the bakery but I was there for lunch so an enchilada croissant wasn't what I was looking for. They serve breakfast and lunch during the week, then on the weekends they all go to Joe T's to help with the weekend rush. I have no idea if that's true.
The breakfast looks delicious, according to the drool on the menu. The lunch is delicious, according to the drool on my suit. My dad and I went here recently for lunch and even had quasi valet parking (a guy stole my truck - no not really) when the host came out and pointed us to available parking and helped others work their way out of the narrow lot. The place was pretty full at lunch and it took a little while to get our food, but we were in and out in less than an hour, so no complaints there.
I ordered the chili relleno lunch special and I have to start off by saying I'm not a chili relleno fan. I never order them (except at la playa maya that one time) and I'm not sure why I ordered this one. But it was great. It came with shredded beef, a nice crispy coating, and a delicious red sauce that covered the plate. It also came with rice and beans. A very novel idea for a mexican joint.
My dad had the Cuatro, which is spanish for, an enchilada, taco and tamale (and maybe something else). He loved it. He's a tex-mex snob like myself and has spent a great deal of his life in tex-mex restaurants across the state, checking out the best and worst there is to offer in cuatros. I'm saying this because I know after the Benito's review your confidence in me is shaken. Your shaken confidence is misplaced though. I brought in reserves to prove it.
I would highly recommend going to Esparanza's. It's all part of the same Joe T's, Lanny's Alta Cocina (now serving lunch) family that runs Sundance Square (did I get that right?). So you know its Fort Worthy - that works two ways.
I forget the address, but its in the heart of Italebamexobesirishgrill Town on Park Place. We seriously need a new name for this portion of the city. Southside is too broad, next to ONG is to specific, at Eighth Avenue and Park Place is too boring. I'll put the Humorous Term Team to work on this.
Oh yeah, unlike its big brother Joe, Esparanza takes different forms of payment. How unique.
And they serve chips.