Amarillo is home to an assortment of wonderful honky-tonks where the beer is cold and the music is for two-stepping. Juke joints have their place in the city’s present and its illustrious history, but carving out a name for itself among the usual hangouts is Mesa Bar + Grill. 

A three-in-one bar and grill (Mesa Bar + Grill), cocktail lounge (Mesa Underground), and entertainment park (the Park at Mesa), the entire facility provides food and fun for everyone, no matter your age. 

Mesa Bar + Grill uses its repurposed food truck kitchen to put modern twists on classic flavors. As an appetizer, diners can treat corn ribs like the real thing, and gnaw on kernels flavored with a mayo-based sauce, cotija and parmesan cheese, crema, lime and cilantro. 

Oxtail egg rolls are a flavorsome pick: Jamaican-seasoned slow-roasted oxtail and a jicama slaw are tucked into an eggroll wrapper and fried, then finished with a citrus-based, smoky, spicy sauce that unites the flavors and makes the dish unique. 

Mesa Bar + Grill claims it serves the best burger in town, and what better way to put that boast to the test than to taste their namesake burger. The Mesa Burger features smashed beef, American cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, mayonnaise and mustard. While this diner refuses to choose a favorite from all the burgers Amarillo offers, the Akaushi Wagyu beef Mesa uses for its burgers is craveable enough to become yours.

Street-style tacos come in sets of threes, and the Mexican curry shrimp tacos are light but flavorful. Flour tortillas hold four shrimp that have been glazed in a Mexican curry sauce and topped with a jicama slaw. 

Drinks go out on a limb, and Mesa Bar + Grill features a truncated version of its Mesa Underground menu, which is a 21-and-up cocktail lounge open most nights after 6 p.m., above ground. There are still enough flavor combinations on the Mesa Bar + Grill drink menu to have diners planning what they will order next time. 

Mesa Bar + Grill offers classic favorites and plenty of cold beer on its bar menu, but also specializes in hand-crafted cocktails that are unique, interesting and truly tasty. A spin on a spicy margarita, the Temperature Control cocktail has a couple of unexpected—but somehow perfectly harmonious—flavors. Jalapeño, allspice, orange and avocado make the drink smooth and well-rounded. In the best way, no one ingredient or flavor stands out in the Temperature Control, which speaks to the balance of flavors and textures the bartenders have been able to achieve. 

A drink that Mesa Bar + Grill should serve with a lounge chair and two tiny rounds of cucumber slices for the diner’s eyes, is the Spa Day: cucumber, Japanese melon, lime, pineapple and just a bit of sage are tranquility in a glass. One sip of the Spa Day and diners will feel like they’ve spent hours wrapped in a luxurious robe and relaxing amid tiny humidifiers.

The Prometheus is a showstopper in presentation and in flavor. Mesa Bar + Grill combines 16 ingredients, including tropical juices, rums and spices in this tiki-inspired drink, and delivers it aflame—lighting cinnamon on fire on top of the drink tableside.

Rounding out what Mesa calls its “resort-style property” are the mini golf course, go-kart track, and batting cages, all located near the Cinemark movie theater off Hollywood Road. Known as the Park at Mesa, this part of the facility plans to open for the season Saturday, March 9, 2024. 

9400 Canyon Expressway

Open Wednesday, 5-9 p.m.; Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight;
and Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.