HotMess Toronto

Hotmess Tex Mex

Hotmess Tex Mex pays homage to that often misunderstood cuisine, tex mex. The owners have brought their eye for detail to both the food and decor here, without being too specific or finicky.

There are kitschy wall decorations like illuminated glass Coors signs and a vintage menu with old school prices that’s apparently from Georgia.

Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto

Bob Armstrong chili con queso ($14) adds taco meat, sour cream and a scoop of guac to their classic queso, in the tradition of a Texas landowner who apparently demanded a little extra of the queso at El Rancho in Austin.

Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto

There are a range of slaws like the Caesar ($8), peppery and striking a good balance between light and filling for a salad.

Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto

The carrot slaw ($7) is topped with crunchy pepitas and sweet pineapple.

Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto

Bean and cheese taquitos ($7) suitably elevate the convenience store snack, with a slightly hot ranchero sauce of tomato, onion, garlic and guajillo.

Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto

Salsa verde guac ($9) is one of several versions of the go-to dip, brightened by cucumber, chayote and apple.

Hotmes Tex Mex Toronto

Truck stop chili ($12) is super creamy with a ton of cheese and sour cream over taco beef, beans and tomato, served with crackers and Texas toast.

Hotmess Tex Mex TorontoEnchliadas al pastor ($14) bring in a little Hawaii with pineapple complementing very crisp plantains on top and pork hock inside.

Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto

Texas tea ($9) is very sweet but popular, brewed iced tea with brown sugar simple syrup and a ton of Jack Daniels.

Hotmess Tex Mex

They only do short cans here (all $6) but you can sample such gems as Anderson craft beers and Phillips Bottle Rocket. They even store suds in a no-frills cooler on the bar.

Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto

Beer and shot deals are available for just ten bucks.

Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto

Straight-up drinks make up a limited menu of recognizable cocktails, like margaritas ($12) rimmed with salt and garnished with a lime wheel.

Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto

Micheladas ($9), that delightful beer/Caesar combination, are made with Modelo and rimmed with Southern all-spice Tajin.

Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto

Different sized groups can squeeze in at long tables, the bar, little front tables.

Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto

Otherwise, go solo sitting at a retro slot machine.

Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto

There’s more space at the back, where a TV plays a constant Dukes of Hazzard marathon.Hotmess Tex Mex Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


Hotmess Tex Mex

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