Herrera’s Cafe is closing permanently, Herrera’s Oak Cliff is still open
The Tex-Mex wealth in Oak Cliff just keeps on giving.
The original Herrera’s Cafe, which was neither in its original location nor in its secondary location, closed permanently this week.
It was like we won the enchilada lottery when Herrera moved from North Dallas to Sylvan Avenue in 2014.
The importance of this 51-year-old restaurant in Dallas has not been overstated. This is one of the Tex-Mex restaurants in Dallas that has legitimized the kitchen as a separate thing that deserves some respect.
His cheesy enchiladas epitomize Tex-Mex and once sparked practically an ode in the New York Times.
“What I tasted for the first time was extraordinary: cheese, meat and chili sauce mixed together, wrapped in tortillas and supported by rice and refried beans,” wrote Joe Drape of the newspaper in 2007.
“Since then, I have been addicted, which has become a curse. It’s hard to be a Tex-Mex aficionado when you don’t live in Texas.
And he didn’t even mention the bean soup appetizer.
The original Herrera opened in a small space on Maple Avenue in 1971 and later moved to a cavernous spot across the street.
The good news for our neighborhood is that Herrera’s Oak Cliff is still open to Illinois and Wright.
Various family members have taken the name and some of the recipes and created their own independent restaurants, and this is one of them.
Oak Cliff de Herrera is open 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and closed Monday through Tuesday.