Eating Out with the Kids. Or I’d Rather Get a Root Canal. (And a giveaway for Mi Cocina!)

And I’m sure anyone else with a toddler would agree with me.  Dining out with Baby J and company – it’s not as fun as it looks, folks.

eating out,
Now, wouldn’t ya’ll like to have dinner with this face?
HOwever, there are some places in town that actually welcome a face like this…
 
One of our newest restaurants on the Tulsa Dining Scene – is one of them.  Mi Cocina.  (And guess what?  I’ve got a $50 gift card for one of you lucky ducks.  So keep reading :) ). 
 
I was SO excited when I heard they were coming to T-town.  Having lived in Fort Worth for eight years – Mi Cocina and their Mambo Taxi’s were a staple of my pre-kids diet.  (For those of you who have not had the privilege of having this delicious frozen concoction of homemade sangria and margarita goodness swirled together – well, people, you are just missing out). 
 
Anyway – I digress.
 
They opened late last year on Cherry Street – and they’ve been packed ever since. 
Mi Cocina started 21 years ago as a tiny restaurant in Dallas.  Their focus was simple Tex-Mex with high quality ingredients.  And it obviously worked.  They now have several restaurants in Texas – and Tulsa is their first restaurant outside of the Lone Star State (yeah us!). 
 
So I decided to brave the Baby J factor and take the family there for dinner.  It had been way too long since Mama had a Mambo Taxi. 
 
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The Holy Grail of all drinks...may I present the Mambo Taxi.

 
First of all – the restaurant itself is totally hip.  My architect husband is not impressed by much – and he loved what they had done to the build out.  It exudes coziness and warmth, while at the same time being modern and chic.  And I was also shocked to see how family friendly it was (thank goodness).  It is nice to see family friendly restaurants that don’t involve a play-yard or involve the words “Chucky” in their title. 
 
 
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The Tulsa location. Love it!
 
Completely uncharacteristic of her dining out manners, Baby J was very well-behaved (must have been the Mambo Taxi I slipped in her sippy cup….).  The service was amazing – and they were super friendly – especially to the kiddos, even though we left a mess.  Sorry guys. 
 
The food is very simple – and quite tasty.  I had the Rico Salad – which is one of their best sellers.  Fresh veggies, juicy fajita chicken all chopped up and served with your choice of any of their yummy homemade dressings.  My hubby had the fish tacos that were also pretty darn good.  Nachos for the kids (I may have eaten a few too…) and homemade pecan prailines (SINFUL) for dessert.  Our tummies were full – and the prices were very reasonable for families. 
 

The Beef Rico Salad. Hungry yet?

 
 
 
(Confession:  I did have to go back WITHOUT the kiddos and introduce my girlfriends to this wonderful place.  Several Mambo Taxis later….well, that’s a whole other blog post. :).
 
So back to my giveaway.  Just leave a comment on my blog – and I’ll draw a winner on Friday, Jan 20 for a $50 gift card to Mi Cocina!  Perfect for a family (or girls) night out! 
 
 
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About marniefernandez

Official kid wrangler of four. Step mom, adoptive mom & bio mom. City girl turned country bumpkin. Small town girl next door married to Hollywood sniper/moto-cross/ninja architect. Career girl turned stay-at-home mom with baby on hip. Permanent taxi-cab driver, schedule organizer and professional laundress. (When not chasing kids...) Mommy blogger, columnist, travel writer and consultant. And no, I don't sleep. And yes, I take Prozac. And drink wine from sippy cups.

45 thoughts on “Eating Out with the Kids. Or I’d Rather Get a Root Canal. (And a giveaway for Mi Cocina!)

  1. I tried Mi Cocina a couple weeks ago and would never have thought to try it with my 2 year old. I may never attempt that, but I’d love to go again! (Pick me for the gift card!!) :)

  2. Great piece, Marnie. You are right. Mi Cocina’s is the best Tex-Mex restaurant. Glad to see they have come up your way. We love them in Fort Worth. Mico, the founder, is/was a restaurant genius. Thanks for sharing. — Dave Lieber

  3. Fortunately my kids have (mostly) outgrown cranky toddler behavior. Still I think I want to keep this one for date night. ; ) Love your stuff, Marnie.

  4. I’ve heard so much about this mambo taxis. I must try one!! A gift card would be just what I need to do this. With the $50 I save, I can pay for a babysitter!

  5. Okay..I think that they have been open since September or October maybe and I have been 4 times and live in Broken Arrow. WELL worth the drive! Being a Texan (first 20 years of my life) and having experienced Mi Cocina by the ice rink at the Galleria in Dallas for many many years…I was so thrilled, now that I’m an Okie (last 21 years) that Tulsa was “Mi Cocina Worthy”! Yes, Marnie…yeah us!

  6. So my waiter at a Mi Cocina in Dallas told me the Mambo Taxi received its name because you will need a taxi to take you home. I loved that place pre-children in my Dallas days, but haven’t been to the Tulsa one yet. And we’re getting a Chuy’s too. Yay, Tulsa!

  7. Totally love Mi Cocina. Has always be on the “must” list when we visit Big D. Now with La Madeleine coming I will never have to leave T-town again!

  8. I’m beginning to have a new-found appreciation for restaurants that have chips, bread, etc. to tide the kiddo over before the food arrives. Food to know there’s a drink to do that for Mama too! Thanks for the tip! :-)

  9. We love MC! Bridger calls the nachos “nachitos!” And according to him, the one in downtown FW is the “real” MC. As opposed to the “fake” one on Hulen I guess. :)

  10. Tried it and loved it…believe it or not, I already did take the kids and I can confirm that they were very accomodating. We would love to go again…and I definitely need to try that drink.

  11. Hey, Marnie! Loved the post…I’m so glad Tulsa is getting some good Dallas restaurants! Can’t wait for the Mambo Taxi! See you soon, sweetie!
    Wendy

  12. Hey! I remember this place, I was just thinking of it the other nite and couldn’t remember the name. I know i am not local, but my brother is and this would be a great date night for him and the wife! Yummy food!

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