“When we cut the ribbon, it was a dream come true. An explosion of emotion was right there,” Jose Luis Rodriguez said of the Mixtitos Kitchen opening.
DALLAS – I asked Jose Luis Rodriguez if it’s too tight, too tall to call his current situation realistic.”America dream“But he said that’s exactly where his life is right now, with a huge dose of Mexican flavors, Japanese cuisine and French-inspired bechamel sauces also included.
However, a few months ago, his first dream didn’t really come to fruition. He tried one of the “ghost kitchens” where you rent a kitchen and just take orders online and take out.
“It was the belief that kept me going,” he told me afterward.
But his belief and dream is that one day he will have a full restaurant of his own.
He came to the US from Mexico 22 years ago and settled in Dallas.
“Just get a better life. Get an education,” he said.
And spent all those years working as a waiter, serving, working for others. His real dream is to become his own chef and restaurant owner.
Well, just last month, the door opened at Mixtitos Kitchen at the corner of Grand and Samuell in East Dallas. That’s where you can find Jose Luis behind the bar, directing a team of chefs and professional chefs in the kitchen, and constantly making rounds in the dining room to greet customers.
“You don’t have to cook anymore. Let us do this for you,” he joked to one of his first customers. “It’s great to have you here as a friend. It could happen any time.”
And that’s where you can find his dreams starting to come true.
“I’ve always put myself and consider this one of my mantras, hard work pays off. And that’s what I’m doing.”
He and his family, wife, daughter and sister-in-law all work at Mixtitos. They took an old restaurant space, remodeled it, reshaped it and made it their own. And they put a mural for their center stage. A road winding through a small town shows a Mexican man staring across the square with a Japanese woman: it would be Karina, the wife of Jose Louis.
“I really believe in his talent,” said Karina Totsuka, whose mother is Mexican and father is Japanese. “And I know I know what he’s capable of. So that’s why his dream became mine. Because I believed in him.”
Mixtitos Kitchen combines Mexican and Japanese inspired dishes with French cooking techniques.
Jose Luis says of one of his most popular dishes: “This wonderful sandwich her name is Croque Monsieur”. “It’s all in one bite. It’s reflected right there,” he said of a toast “soaked in bechamel sauce topped with platter and Swiss cheese.”
Just as they have a mix of a Mexican and Japanese and American family, he likes to say, are fueling their American dream.
“And the American dream can come true if you put yourself in that position and position, I think you can achieve anything you need, anything you want, and that’s completely possible. happened in America.”
Members of the Dallas City Council helped him cut the ribbon for his official inauguration last month.
“Oh my. When we cut that ribbon, it was a dream come true. Right there. It was like an explosion of emotion right there. And it felt great. It felt great. “
And he admits, he hopes that Mixtitos Kitchen can help deliver on something else, too.
“My hope when I see this beautiful corner of Dallas,” he said of the Grand and Samuell intersection, “we thought to bring light to this neighborhood. A little light on this side of the street. Dallas corner.”
“The love and appreciation and support from the community, from all the people like you, is amazing,” said sister-in-law Yoshiko Totsuka. “It fills my heart and makes me wake up every day ready to serve them with a smile and the best food at Mixtitos.”
So, with sister-in-law Yoshiko and other members of his family helping Mixtitos Kitchen get up and running, one believes in a Samuell and Grand corner success story.
“I am a very confident person,” said Jose Luis. “So God works in mysterious ways. And he directs you to different people. And now we’re here with great expectations and great things that we can create and things. It’s wonderful. These feelings are excellent.”
And he hopes the food, you’ll find outstanding, as well, like the American dream taking shape … every time a person makes a croque.
“This is a dream job. We are together. We become stronger,” said Karina Totsuka. “Mas unidos. Más fuertes!”
“I have no words to explain how wonderful it feels. It feels great,” said Jose Luis.