American’s love Mexican food. The fact that salsa has replaced ketchup as the top-selling tomato-based condiment in grocery stores adds some proof to that bold statement. According to a Bloomberg report, salsa is second only to mayonnaise. Fast food chains like Taco Bell, though not exactly serving authentic Mexican food, have over 6,500 fast-food restaurants nationwide. However, when it comes to authentic Mexican food, there’s an award-winner right here in Fort Worth — Benito’s.
Even more than the average American, Texans especially love Mexican cooking. one of their favorite Mexican restaurants in Fort Worth is Benito’s. Located in the revitalized Fairmount area in the hospital district of Fort Worth on Magnolia Avenue, the warm and comfy neighborhood restaurant has been serving mouth-watering authentic Mexican style food since 1981.
Texas Monthly has ranked Benito’s one of the top 50 Mexican restaurants in the entire state of Texas for many, many years. It’s a warm, comfy neighborhood restaurant with red booths and draped serapes on the walls.
Benito’s head chef has been making Benito’s authentic dishes from scratch for over 20 years. His signature dish is Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo (garlic shrimp), a platter of twelve perfectly grilled jumbo shrimp smothered in garlic and chile powder garnished with avocado and served on a scrumptious bed of fluffy white rice and black beans.
Customer favorite entrees include the chile rellenos, milanesa (breaded cuts of meat), tamale oaxaqueno (tamale wrapped in banana leaf) and a wide variety of favorite chicken, pork of beef enchiladas. A bowl of their delicious tortilla soup comes with each entrée.
Few restaurants can match the taste pleasure of Benito’s Tacos de Puerco (pork) in salsa verde. Tender shredded pork is coupled with chopped white onion and minced cilantro and blended with spicy green salsa mellowed with bits of tomatillo. Packed inside soft corn tortillas, the tacos are numero uno in the area. Savored with a side of black beans and a chilled Dos Equis beer, one taco is never enough at Benito’s
Favorite side dishes include pico de gallo (fresh salsa), fresh guacamole and queso flamedo (hot melted cheese and spicy chorizo served flambé).
One food critic raved that he thought he’d died and gone to Mexico when he walked into Benito’s for the first time. Especially singled out for praise was the sopes (soup) served with thick corn-cake tarts smeared with refried beans and grated cheese.
Another Texas Monthly write up praised the giant roasted poblano (a mild chili pepper originating in the state of Puebla, Mexico) encased in a thick egg cocoon oozing Monterey Jack and thin tomato sauce as Fort Worth’s finest chile relleno.
Corn or flour tortillas are offered instead of chips with the complimentary salsa which is on the hot side. Delicious frosty margaritas, a dozen brands of Mexican beer, tap domestic beer and four varieties of wine are available to compliments any meal. Benito’s prides itself on large/ Texas-sized portions of food will always leave you satisfied.
Benito’s is famous for providing outstanding service with its wonderful selection. It’s no wonder the thirty-five-year-old restaurant has become a landmark in the Mexican Food Fort Worth dining community.
Benito’s is open until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights, till 9:00 pm Monday-Thursday. Stop by or contact Benito’s for your next Mexican dining adventure.