THE FOOD: Tex-Mex.
THE STORY: For the past decade, Mijos has been serving up Tex-Mex with an emphasis on fresh ingredients without animal fats, preservatives or artificial colors. Owner Connie Sheen took over five years ago and is planning to update the central Arlington restaurant, including making the patio user-friendly year-round.
THE HITS: Mijos hands out the usual complimentary basket of chips but lets diners dish up their own salsa from a mini-buffet, where they can choose chunky or thick and red or green, then add cilantro, onions or other toppings. Of course, we had to try them all. The reds were good (especially the zippy thick sauce), but the salsa verde was the best, with just enough sweetness and a bite that didnt stick around to burn.
Unlike most chimichangas that have a tough, thick flour tortilla that you have to hack through, Mijos chimi had a crisp shell that was soft inside and blended easily with the chicken it enfolded. The sour cream chicken enchiladas were a mild treat, covered in queso and stuffed with tasty white meat.
The fish tacos arrived covered with shredded romaine, tomato slices and a sweet sauce that complemented the grilled grouper. The corn tortillas ended up pretty soggy under all the sauce, though. All platters include a choice of salad, rice and black or pinto beans.
THE MISSES: The queso blanco was mild to the point of blandness.
THE SETTING: Order at the counter, then find a seat in the small dining room or settle in on the patio and watch the bustle on Park Row Drive. The friendly staff brings the meal to the table, but you can help yourself to free drink and salsa refills.
THE PRICES: Platters are $5.95-$7.95.
THE DETAILS: Open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday. Major credit cards accepted; beer available by the bottle; smoking section on patio; wheelchair-accessible.
This review originally appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Friday, April 29, 2005.