Avila’s, Dallas, 1/24/19

building
building (4714 Maple Ave., Dallas, 75219)

Instead of enjoying retirement, Anita and Octavio Avila opened a restaurant featuring family favorites in 1986.  They have added new items as well as expanding their selection of beers since that time.  They are at 4714 Maple Avenue in Dallas, near where “Little Mexico” still holds many locations but neighborhood change has brought a more diverse population to the area. Located in a little house they have 2 main dining rooms, one much small than the other.  Along the walls they utilize bench seating to work in the maximum number of tables.  There is a mix of 2 and 4 top tables and they seemed to turn over quickly, as lunch sometimes has a short wait.  They do have an adjacent parking lot as well as a few spaces in front.  They have only had this location but now a sign on the table refers to a second location in the planning for Casa Linda in East Dallas.  The menu has lots of options but I generally go here for the tasty Tex-Mex food and the fairly spicy salsa on the table.  Service is friendly and efficient and they have lunch specials which are delivered fast enough to be able to fit a meal here on a lunch hour.  They do have lunch specials but nothing on the menu is over $20.

sign and parking
sign and parking
Frankie played on the outdoor tables
Frankie played on the outdoor tables
interior
first room
interior
second room
sign on wall
sign on wall, second room
interior
second room
looking through to second room
looking through to first room
Frankie thought it was a long bench
Frankie thought it was a long bench
menu 1
menu 1
menu 2
menu 2
specials
specials
a chance to invest
a chance to invest

 

As usual for a Mexican restaurant chips and salsa arrive at the table promptly and the chips are crisp, warm and not greasy.  They do have some corn flavor which will disappear when dipped in the spicy salsa.  The salsa comes in a jar that is to be poured into small individual dishes that are provided for each person at the table.

chips and hot sauce
Chips and salsa
Frankie and the hot sauce
Frankie and the salsa

 

Our first visit we tried a special on the table sign, El Gordo Burrito which is a large flour tortilla stuffed with rice, beans, shredded cheese, guacamole and your choice of shredded chicken or ground beef and then it is topped with queso and served with a side of pico de gallo.  We chose the shredded chicken and it’s huge and extremely well stuffed.  The queso was good and you could either enjoy it with the pico de gallo or mix it with salsa.  Also on the side was lettuce, tomato and sour cream.  This could easily feed two and while it was very tasty I found myself tiring of having one big thing.  It was really good, I just wanted some variety on the plate rather than having everything mixed together in one huge tortilla.

El Gordo Burrito
El Gordo Burrito

closer

other side
other side
inside
inside
inside
inside
Frankie and another table sign
Frankie and another table sign

 

The next visit we sampled some of the lunch specials.  The #1 was two cheese enchiladas topped with chili served alongside rice and beans.  The beans are a really smooth and creamy variety and pretty good; the rice was so-so but good to mix in extra sauce with.  The enchiladas were filled with cheese and then topped with more cheese and chili sauce.  They were quite satisfying and good.  Nothing novel, just good solid Tex-Mex food.

front room
front room

 

press
press
Frankie and some beer
Frankie and some beer
turned around
turned around
Number 5
Two cheese enchiladas topped with chili, rice and beans
little closer
little closer
special
special

 

The #3 was One bean chalupa topped with lettuce, tomato, cheese, one guacamole chalupa and one queso chalupa.  The queso chalupa was more of a cup shaped tortilla and so you could dip into the queso, eat alone or spread it on the other chalupas.  It was smooth and cheesy and I liked the way it soaked into the crisp chalupa holding it.  The guacamole was a generous portion with good flavor.  It was topped with a bit of pico but it was really tasty just eaten on the crisp tortilla.  The bean chalupa was nice but I would have liked more bean on it.  It was topped with lettuce, tomato and grated cheese.  A tasty plate of food.

chalupa
One bean chalupa topped with lettuce, tomato, cheese, one guacamole chalupa and one queso chalupa
closer
closer
queso
queso
guac
guacamole
bean tostado
bean tostado
wine
wine
Frankie found a plant
Frankie found a plant
press
press
press
press
press
about the family
Frankie wanted to turn on the Texas sign
Frankie wanted to turn on the Texas sign
wine
wine
Frankie was careful around the cactus
Frankie was careful around the cactus

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