5 Things to Know About Moderno Tacos + Tex Mex

By Marcy de Luna  |  August 11, 2014
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Restaurateur John Moore (Palazzo's Westchase and Palazzo's Café) recently opened Moderno Tacos + Tex Mex. The casual concept occupies a 3,500-square-feet space (formerly Prince's Hometown Burger) in the in the Westchase District and serves a mix of Mexican street food and traditional Tex-Mex. Here's what to know before you go. 

1. It's all about the nachos. The name's a nod to El Moderno, a restaurant in Piedras Negras, Mexico, credited as the first to serve the infamous tortilla snack.

2. The space looks like a cheery border town cantina. The design team, including architect Issac Preminger (Tiny Boxwoods, Nara, Escalante's Highland Village and Uptown Sushi), adorned the restaurant with salvaged wood walls and colorful Mexican ceramic tiles. Oscar, a trophy elk gifted to Moore's parents by Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt, hangs on the back wall.

3. Mexico street food and Tex-Mex rule the menu. Though you'll find fusion as well. Must-try dishes include the queso fundido ($9), fried chicken tacos ($10.95) and, of course, the nachos ($6.50-$12). It's all counter service at breakfast, brunch and lunch. Table service with seating for 110 is available at dinner.

4. There are copious drink options. Choose from 50 types of tequila, fresh juice margaritas, craft beers, signature cocktails, wine, sangria and micheladas. We recommend the top-shelf margarita with a hint of agave nectar ($9.25).

5. No parking woes here. There's a large lot! If you're not in the mood to mingle, call in your order and pick it up with ease thanks to designated to-go parking spaces.