Meso Maya and Taqueria La Ventana Open Downtown Locations Today

Queso fundido (photo courtesy of Meso Maya)

Good news. Remember the old Luna Tortilla Factory building downtown? About a block from the Perot Museum? Mike Karns, who also owns the El Fenix chain, has moved into the Factory at 1611 McKinney Ave. and turned it into the second location of Meso Maya. He’s kept the original floors and archways, but the place looks shiny and new, and the patio is still the biggest highlight. Nancy wasn’t the biggest fan of Meso Maya’s Tex-Mex food-disguised-as-authentic-Mexican, but I do hear there will be chicharonnes (pork cracklings) at this new location. Wahoo.

Here’s a bonus bit of good news: Mike Karns is also opening a tacqueria one block away from Klyde Warren Park on Caroline Street. La Ventana will serve everyday Mexican food (so, basically, tacos with homemade white tortillas) at this spot where you can quench your thirst with margaritas, Mexican beers, and Mexican sodas.

So, what does this mean? In summary:

  1. That area right in between the Perot Museum and Klyde Warren Park will be dominated by Mike Karns’ three restaurants: El Fenix, Meso Maya, and La Ventana.
  2. Mike Karns is winning at life right now.


  • TacoTrail

    There just isn’t a better location, and chicharrones are what bacon really wants to be when it grows up.

  • mrEmannE

    SmoothMove. There aren’t that many spots in that area easily accessable to both car and pedestrian traffic, and he’s got three of ’em. Somebody at city hall must like Mexican food.