From the original frozen margarita to transforming Texas Ranch Cuisine, innovation has always been at home in our kitchen. It continues today with our custom-designed log fired grills. Using sweet mesquite wood logs, they burn hotter and faster than conventional grills, giving our fire-roasted salsa, steaks and seafood incredible flavor.
Last night's final stop on our Farewell Frisco Food Tour 2022 may have more sentimental attachment than any other restaurant in Frisco for us. La Ha very well may be the only restaurant that was here before we were here 24 years ago that's still here. For years, it was THE landmark to get to our first house. Where do you live? Oh, we're off Preston, you know, behind Hacienda Ranch. Literally the entire city held its breath for more than a year when 'a little kitchen fire' closed down La Ha for much longer than it should've because of supply chain issues. We all celebrated (at least I'd like to think we did) when La Ha finally reopened earlier this year. La Ha is home to the Texas Torpedoes, the best stuffed jalapeños ever. Yes, ever. Half chicken, and half cheese. Comes with ranch, but also try the guac. It's always my go-to dish. The fajitas are amazing. We used to love the skillet pecan pie, which is sadly gone, but the apple pie is a pretty good substitute. So many visits over the years ended with the girls begging for quarters to ride the mechanical horses on the porch. And yes, Mariano invented the margarita, so if you appreciate the drink, tip your cap, say a prayer, and thank him. The bear at the entrance has always been here to greet us. I'll take this guy over real bears in my new neighborhood any day. Our waitress, Mizuki, was the same server we had more than a year ago when La Ha was our first restaurant choice after we started eating out again following the pandemic's first blast. Mizuki remembered us from that visit, including my review from Yelp and the amazing service she provided that night. Well, she did it again on this night. Polite, friendly, happy, and attentive. Oh yeah, even without writing it down, the order (with a lot of substitutions) was correct. She's the gold standard for what you want out of a server. I wish we could box her up and take her with us to serve us when we eat out in Colorado. Thank you again, Mizuki. Hopefully our paths will cross down the road again. You're simply a delight! So long, La Ha. You'll definitely be #1 on the revival tour whenever we're back in town. Castle Rock has food that's considered great TexMex, according to Yelp, but it's not like what you've got.
You can't beat The Ranch!!! Best margarita EVER. best chicken/steak fajita EVER. best quest EVER!! 11/10 will always recommend this place to locals and visitors.
So our first visit to Marianos and I have to say this is top 5 Mexican restaurants I've been to in my life. The Server was extremely kind and funny. However I think he was just trying to get us to drink more margaritas. One of my pet peeves about Mexican restaurants is when "Chips and Salsa" is a menu item. Here at Marianos, that's not the case. A great Mexican restaurant should provide it to you complimentary to start with. The chips are warm and seem like they are homemade. Went through two bowls and not a single stale one in the bunch. The salsa was was fantastic. There was what seemed to be a spicier roasted salsa and a more traditional chunky tomato salsa. Both were excellent. We all had "The Mariano Margarita" to start, on the rocks with salt. However, from what I understand is that this place invented the Frozen Margarita and even has their original machine in the Smithsonian?????? What???????!!!!! That's enough reason to see the museum alone! As long as the machine is working and serving up margaritas! Anyhow, back to the review, for dinner my darling had the Adelita and I had the Camarrones Carlos and Charlie's. The Adelita included mini chicken flautas with a quest dipping sauce that was fire!!!! An enchilada on the plate with rice and beans in tow. All in all, a healthy portion and the food was amazing. My dish had giant bacon wrapped shrimp with a butter, herb and garlic dipping sauce, damn that was good. I had the Ranchero Bean soup on the side with Mexican Red Rice. I would say this is a staple in this restaurant, not only was the dish huge, but the flavors of each individual portion were different and distinct. I would absolutely order this dish if I were going back, which I will. I'm so amazed that so far, I've been to two restaurants Chinese and Mexican in our time here and they rival many restaurants I've been to.