A little bird told me that the Fort Worth location of my beloved Mijo's restaurant was opening today (Monday, March 26), so DFW.com editor Rick Press and I hot-footed it over to Magnolia Avenue to grab some lunch. I'd loved the Arlington Tex-Mex spot since I first visited in 2004, but didn't get back there often enough.
Today, we approached the restaurant and saw tables stacked with upside down chairs ... not a good sign for our greedy little tummies.
Mijo's is indeed opening today, but a little later: its soft opening will happen during the dinner hour, at 5 p.m.
And there's a surprise: the Fort Worth restaurant -- at 1109 W. Magnolia, in the sport once occupied by Junsuree Thai restaurnt -- will offer a bit more than the "Fresh-Mex" of its flagship restaurant in Arlington, said owner Connie Sheen. (Mijo's does have one other location, in south Arlington at 5809 Interstate 20 W.)
This is Mijo's Fusion, so in addition to "Mijo's Originals" on the menu (tacos, quesadillas, chalupas, enchilada platters, etc.), you'll also find first bites such as coconut shrimp rolls ($9), edamame quinoa lettuce wraps ($8.50), and "Nachos from the East," wonton chips topped with clear noodles, cilantro and yellowfin tuna in a peanut sauce ($10).
Eventually, there will even be sushi, which gives it some overlap not only with Magnolia neighbors Benito's and Yucatan Taco Stand, but the lauded Shinjuku Station.
The liquor license is still pending at Mijo's, but come 5 p.m., the doors are open.
Mijo's Fusion, 1109 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth; 817-921-3905 Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.