Javelina: The Real Deal Tex-Mex
I am going to be honest and state that Tex-Mex has never been my thing. I have always associated Tex-Mex with bland Mexican food, and that is probably why you would never hear me mention it. I think I can honestly say I have been scorned by some terrible tasting Tex-Mex in the past. Fast forward to last month in-which I was invited to the soft opening of the 2nd location of Javelina on The Upper East Side. They have been dubbed as the FIRST authentic Tex-Mex restaurant in New York City, and with that said I decided to give Tex Mex another chance.
What is a staple for Tex-Mex? If you guessed queso, then you are right. You are more likely to come across a spinach artichoke dip first than a queso dip in The Big Apple. But I guess that is what happens when you have a Tex-Mex restaurant shortage in NYC. And if you mention that Chipotle has good queso I might have to reconsider our friendship, because you deserve better *Drake voice*. Javelina has a queso dip called The Bob Armstrong (named after a prominent politician in Texas). You have a choice of white or yellow queso, topped with ground beef, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guac. If you are able to eat the entire bowl by yourself - then I am impressed. The only thing that could have made this liquid gold more dreamy would have been spicy chorizo versus ground beef.
For entrees my friend and I ordered the Shrimp Tacos and the Shrimp and Chicken Fajita Mixta. The Fajita entree is large enough to share with another person and comes with homemade flour tortillas, beans, and rice. The shrimp tacos were pretty large compared to some of other tacos spots I have visited in the past.
Javelina also serves frozen and on the rocks margaritas. My mission while I was there was try each margarita on the menu, but I fell in love with the Prickly Pear margarita. Needless to say it is a mission for another day.
I was so impressed by Javelina on their opening night I went a second time the following day to their first location in Gramercy. Is dedication or a slight food addiction? Javelina is located right off the 72nd stop on the Q train so it is easily accessible.