I’m a strong believer that the best Mexican food can be found in Texas! When we go back to visit family we always have a list of things we want to eat. Mexican food is a must and we usually have it at least 2-3 times a week while we’re there. My brother and sister-in-law introduced us to a new restaurant last year that has quickly become a favorite — Casa Jacaranda in Venus, Texas. BTW, a great stop if you’re traveling from the DFW area down to Magnolia Market in Waco! That’s what we had been doing the day I took these pictures.
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My brother and sister-in-law have a tradition of eating at a local Mexican restaurant, Casa Jacaranda, every Friday to celebrate the end of the work week. They always post photos on Facebook and they make me crave good Mexican food! Usually when I’m in the area I’m setting up or selling at a vintage market on Friday night. On my last trip to Texas we had been on the Waco Tour and shopping in Waco all day and were ready for a big meal.
Casa Jacaranda is located in an old brick building on the square in Venus. I love the architecture in old buildings but their bright pink door gives you a clue that there’s something a little different in this old building.
Having lived in California for 12 year, I miss good old Tex-Mex tamales. So that’s what I ordered. There’s a huge difference between the tamales in Texas and California. These were a little different from both styles. They came without the shuck and covered in a white cheese sauce and a choice of red or green sauce, rice, and refried beans. My brother says they sometimes switch up the type of beans and how the rice is cooked. Any way they choose… it’s delicious!
My sister got a favorite, chicken fajitas. Don’t ya love the plates?
My brother got another family favorite, beef enchiladas. He said that’s his favorite and what he usually gets. My dad got the chicken enchiladas. I wanted to take a bite off EVERYONE’s plate!
My sister-in-law, aka the Duct Tape and Denim restaurant contributor, is much more adventurous and tries something new every week. She has a few go-tos but tonight she tried the special, shrimp and fish empanadas.
Here’s a recent review she wrote about her favorite dish:
“Casa Jacaranda has once again delighted my taste buds! I had the Fajita Beef Huarache with extra meat. This dish starts out with a homemade flatbread. Then it is layered with refried beans (from scratch), rice, grilled onions, meat, cilantro salad, Mexican cheese, and creme fresh. It is all presented on a warm plate. Tonight, I sprinkled some lime juice over the dish and experienced a plethora of new flavors. Each bite was tangy, flavorful, and melded together beautifully. After each bite where each layer shines through before blending together, I found myself craving the next bite. So much so, I had to restrain myself from inhaling the dish instead of savoring it. It is truly my favorite dish thus far.”
NOTE: Since that dinner, my sil started a Keto diet and has lost 20 pounds… but she can STILL eat this amazing Mexican food. Now she gets fajitas and lets someone else eat the tortillas.
I was a little surprised to see that there was a big bakery in the back of the restaurant. It was full of delicious looking Mexican pastries. I was so full after my super that I couldn’t eat one more thing. Maybe next time!
BTW, this is on the same side of the downtown Venus square as the Sunrise Cafe, where my dad likes to go on Friday nights for the old guys singing country classics. I still think it’s hilarious that I’ll get notifications that they’ve all checked in for dinner at the same time but different restaurants right next to each other!
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Thanks for reading! Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite Mexican restaurant is.
‘Til the next meal,