Posts Tagged ‘Mattito’s’

Bar-Bias (adjust your outlook accordingly)

Posted by    |    August 10th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I have years* of experience bar-hopping around Dallas, and I’ve deduced that if there is a dance floor present at the venue, I probably hate it (with the exception of Madison Avenue, which, to my dismay, is no longer in existence). Cue the arrival of the new** Manhattan Lounge. Naturally I had to check it out because:

A) My friends and I have a knack for downing pitcher(s) of Rumbaritas at Mattito’s, which is next door (hello saving on cab fare).
B) I enjoy being at the center of attention.

I so badly wanted to hate Manhattan Lounge. I wanted to hate the awesome DJ who played my favorite going out songs (if I hear Britney’s Piece of Me, all I have to say is: look out). I wanted to hate all of the beautiful, amiable people who surrounded me. I even wanted to hate the overpriced drinks that I could have saved two whole dollars on at Black Friar. But it was the best damn vodka water I’ve ever had so I’m going to have to go back there again. I had the most miserably wonderful night and it’s too bad that I freaking loved the place and am already planning my outfit for this weekend.

*All two of them

**This depends on your definition of “new”. If you consider “new” to be a refurnished building that has been present for years with a different sign out front, then yes, Manhattan Lounge is new; however, if you’ve ever been to Zodiac or Central Park, you’re not experiencing déjà vu. You have actually been to this location at a previous time.

Uptown’s Top Tex-Mex?

Posted by    |    July 22nd, 2010 at 10:29 pm

When visiting Uptown, diners have a variety of delicious restaurants to choose from, ranging from upscale eateries to dive bars. I know this as I have visited most of them! But when I have friends in town, and I want them to experience classic, over-the-top Tex-Mex, Mattito’s is a must. Located on Routh Street, its obnoxiously festive colors are impossible to miss. Inside the same bright colors — plus a decor heavy on sombreros and piñatas — demands that you be happy. At Mattito’s, it is basically like a college bar happy hour every hour of the day.

Attention, appetizer lovers: one item you can’t miss is the Bob Armstrong dip. Though you now have to order this item “off-menu” (didn’t Matt Martinez invent that?), it has garnered many foodie fans over the years. Simply put, it is queso on steroids, with layers of taco meat, guacamole, and sour cream all mixed in.

In addition to world class enchiladas and other entrees, Mattito’s was voted one of the Top Ten Tequila Bars in the United States. Patrons and newcomers alike flock to this restaurant for their signature cocktail, the Rumba Rita, which is a large blue frozen concoction resembling a margarita. But beware, Rumba Rita’s have only a 2-drink limit (with good reason) so approach with caution! Drink two of these babies and you’ll sing Mattito’s praises, too!