After a day of adventuring, you have a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. No matter what time you roll in, you can grab a bite to eat at more than 250 restaurants in town. Of course, this is Texas, so you have a number of options for Tex-Mex, including large operations like the 9,000-square-foot Cafe Del Rio and smaller taquerías like Tortas La Hechicera. You can enjoy a meal on the patio at Dos Panchas, located on Broad Street in downtown Mesquite, or take a trip to El Fenix, which was founded in 1918 and was instrumental in the creation of Tex-Mex cuisine in the first place. Martinez Restaurant is a Mesquite staple that is loved by locals.
For barbecue, Mesquite BBQ is a longtime favorite. Since 1959 the mom-and-pop restaurant has loaded up plates with pulled pork, smoked sausage, barbecue Frito pies and all the helpings you can eat. Soulman's Barbecue offers healthy portions of smoked brisket, bacon and all the fixin's in their famous Double Barrel Potato. Relative newcomer Slabs BBQ opened in 2002, and the smell of carefully smoked meats wafts out the store’s front door every time it’s opened.
For Asian cuisine, Kaze Sushi & Hibachi is the go-to spot for both sushi and grilled Japanese specialties. Come with a group and enjoy the show as your food is prepared in front of you. At Genghis Grill, pick your protein, veggies, sauce and seasoning, add rice or noodles, and the cook will prepare it for you on the large, circular grill. Riyen Chinese, located on the newly renovated Gus Thomasson, has delicious and authentic Chinese cuisine. The convenient location and price make it a natural choice for both dine-in or takeout.
Believe it or not, Mesquite has two Jamaican restaurants: Reggae Wings & Tings, located in North Town East, and the Jamaican Cook Shop, on Military Parkway. Both are good options whether you’re in the mood for jerk chicken or willing to explore some more unique dishes like curry goat, ackee, salt fish or oxtails. For Mediterranean food, Atheneos Greek Village Cafe has a wide range of traditional Greek dishes, while Yia Yia's House of Gyros is known as the place to go for its signature specialty. For chile and spice of a different variety, head to The Curry Leaf, the home of authentic Indian cuisine.
For seafood, the Catfish Cove Restaurant is known for delicious fried catfish and shrimp, hushpuppies and salad bar, while Joe’s Crab Shack is a sit-down option that has just about anything you could want, from king crab legs to steamers. If you're looking for something with a tad more spice, Razzoo's Cajun Cafe offers a little bit of Cajun flair with gator tail and shrimp piquant.
Of course, if you're bringing along a furry friend or just want to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, there are a few outdoor options too. You can never go wrong with tacos, and Fuzzy's Taco Shop
delivers a variety of them with a Baja-style atmosphere. Juicy Seafood and Bar
has a large patio that is perfect for hosting large parties and get togethers, while Bubba's 33
is a great spot to enjoy the game with a frosty beverage.