Among my passions that have been discussed on previous blogs, one of my favorites is GOOD Mexican food. I stress good, because despite Texas being famous for its Mexican food, really good Mexican food is surprisingly hard to find. While there are chain establishments and pretenders on every corner, and they might satisfy the tourists and those less discerning, good Mexican food should be both authentic and fresh. I have several favorite spots around The Lone Star State that more than meet these requirements, but in Fort Worth it’s got to be Esperanzas Bakery and Cafe.
The Garcia family have been treating Fort Worth diners to outstanding food since 1935, beginning with their original restaurant, Joe T. Garcia’s. The family was devoted to treating their customers like honored guests, and that meant serving only the best food and using the finest ingredients. That tradition is alive and well today at both Epseranzas locations, where the food and service are always excellent.
My favorite meal has always been breakfast, and on Saturdays my family and I enjoy indulging in a late breakfast out, which often means going to Esperanzas. Their huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, huevos ala Mexicana, and migas are all excellent, and my children tell me their pancakes are delicious as well. All the breakfast entrees include large portions, hot tortillas, chips and salsa, and if you get there early enough, homemade biscuits.
If breakfast isn’t your thing, not to worry, their lunch and dinner menus are every bit as good as their breakfast. It includes traditional: beef and chicken enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, ceviche, and the very best sopes around. As with all their entrees, the portions are huge and come with tortillas and chips and salsa.
They have two Fort Worth locations:
2122 North Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
Hours: Everyday 6:30am-7:00pm
1601 Park Place Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76110
Hours: Mon- Thurs 6:00am -9:00pm
Esperanzas is also a panaderia, with a huge selection of bread and pastries baked fresh every day. If you are too full after your meal just by a bag of goodies to take home. They are fabulous for a quick breakfast or just for a snack.
Take my word for it, and stop into Esperanzas for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and you will not be disappointed. The food is wonderful, the people are friendly, and the prices are very reasonable. If you go to the Main Street location, allow yourself enough time to walk off your meal browsing the shops in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards and you’ll get the full flavor of Cowtown. Now, get out there and enjoy all that the great state of Texas has to offer.