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I had an opportunity last week to get a sneak peak at the now open, Café Herrera at the Omni Dallas hotel. This marks the continued presence of the Herrera name in Dallas dining scene, consistently serving  good Tex-Mex for decades.

Café Herrera has all you need for a quality and relaxed evening. It starts with a great bar, featuring one of Dallas’s premier bar-men, Dex Gatlin. His drinks do not suck, nor does the atmosphere he’s created with a smart and good-looking staff. Complicated drinks are crafted quickly and oh so tasty. I mean, look at this thing:

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Photo cred: EatThisDallas

This beauty is a quality blend of mezcal, crème de la Violet and house-made Saint Germain foam. Almost too beautiful to drink. Almost. Large TV’s line the wall above the bar so you won’t miss the important <enter Dallas sports team here> game.

The corner location of Cafe Herrera perfectly opens to a very large patio, that’s lit by the ever changing and beautiful lights of the Omni. And you know how Dallas feels about its patios.

An open kitchen gives you a glimpse into the magic, as the team whips up Tex-Mex favorites. The ceviche and tortilla soup delivered. The queso and guacamole are tops, as is everything else, from tacos, to tortas, to enchiladas. The menu also embraces some Vegan options; so don’t fret, you’re covered.

This really is Tex-Mex at it’s finest. Simple food but flavors that smack you in the face. The highlight for me was the Tacos al Pastor, with a Salsa Verde (the spicy Salsa Ranchera was also good). A proper Mexican kitchen should have a “trompo” of pastor meat and Café Herrera didn’t let me down. Complete with pineapple on top!
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This marks the fourth and final restaurant to be put into the Restaurants on Lamar at The Omni Dallas, alongside Coal Vines pizza, Black Ship Little Katana sushi and the Biergarten on Lamar. Convention goers will be psyched for such a diverse set of food offerings and hell, with all this choice and amazing patio, locals can surely make a night at the Omni part of their lives. Grab a taco and a margarita at Café Herrera, followed by a Little Katana sushi roll, and then a beer on the lawn.

Get out there and enjoy the lovely Texas winter that never happened.

Café Herrera
555 S Lamar
Dallas, Texas 75202
(214) 749-0455