Celebrating its grand opening is a new restaurant in Arlington that covers all key food groups. Called Tex-Mex Salsa Joe’s Smoker, it serves a unique combination of Tex-Mex, smoked meats and burgers.
If you think it can’t get better than that, they also do home cooking, as well as cocktails and frozen margaritas.
The restaurant is located at 1700 W. Park Row Dr., # 116, in Fielder, in a space that was previously Connie’s Cafe but once housed the Chop House Burgers, featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, drive-in and dives.
Salsa Joe’s comes from founder Thomas Strussion and his partner, Jonathan Schiller. Strussion got its feet wet in the restaurant game with Tommy Boy Sausage Co. BBQ & Catering – as it seems, a restaurant business specializing in barbecue and homemade sausages – which was originally founded by Jeff Carr and renowned for her tender breasts. , generous sandwiches and a varied menu.
Buoyed by success, Strussion switched to a food truck before moving on to a brick and mortar space.
Salsa Joe’s varied menu feels like comfort food no matter what the cuisine. There are soups, salads, sandwiches and subs. The sandwiches include melted turkey, pulled pork, chicken, sausage, minced breast, and a vegetarian dish with tomato and mozzarella.
The subs include a trio of meatball sandwiches of different varieties, all served on torta bread. The Cheesy Joe has three meatballs topped with queso. Loco Italiano is a classic meatball submarine with marinara sauce and melted cheese. The Texas BBQ Sub offers meatballs with barbecue sauce and melted cheddar cheese.
The burgers are served on sourdough jalapeño or on a potato bun with a choice of fries, black beans or charro beans, and come in four options including Salsa Joe’s Burger with Onions, Hatch Peppers and pepperjack cheese.
There are old-fashioned appetizers like mozzarella sticks and jalapeño poppers. There are also classic dishes like an open roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy, and the same sandwich in a turkey version called “Hot Brown”.
There are nachos, enchiladas, tacos, fajitas and burritos; as well as desserts, including cheesecakes.
“We make pretty much everything in-house,” says Schiller.
They gave the space a bright and cheerful update with a margarita bar and a hand-painted southwest-themed mural that covers an entire dining room wall.
They celebrate their Grand opening Oct. 11, with all-day happy hour prices – “and free queso if you ask,” says Schiller.