Thursday, December 29, 2011

Gloria’s Restaurants Owners Awarded Immigrant Journey Trailblazer Award

Jose Fuentes and Gloria Rubio, owners of Gloria’s Restaurants received the 2011 Immigrant Entrepreneur Award. The Awards were hosted at The Park City Club with guest speaker, noted New York Times columnist and author, Ganand Giridharadas. Every year the Badmus Law firm gives this award to honor those immigrants who have shown the courage and fortitude to create a successful life in their newly adopted country.  The Immigrant Journey Awards include four categories: The Immigrant Entrepreneur Award, The Immigrant Professional Excellence Award, The Immigrant Spirit Award, and The Immigrant Advocate Award.  Both Gloria and Jose were both honored and humbled to win Immigrant Entrepreneur Award and to be included in such an outstanding group of immigrant trailblazers.  Jose thanks Badmus, Citibank and his hardworking employees for making Gloria’s a favorite spot for so many across Texas.  According to Jose, the most important thing to remember is that “the award celebrates the basic human right for freedom of choice,” and because this nation has that freedom, it “allows human beings to build their future wherever they see opportunities”

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dallas Observer Best of Award "Best Margarita" Bishop Ave. 2011


A purist might scoff, but sometimes you order a margarita with one explicit purpose. If getting tanked is your goal, then your best margarita can be found at Gloria's.  Sure they use a mix, but at least they use it sparingly.  The drinks arrive barely tinted with sours and almost clear with alcohol.  That first sip? Rocket fuel!  But things will even out soon enough.  Keep drinking while you munch on free chips with salsa and black bean dip, and then order a second round.  Still think this might not be the best margarita in town?  Order a third, and repeat this process as necessary.  Given time, and an iron stomach, eventually you'll agree that Gloria’s has the best margarita in Dallas.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gloria's Restaurants NYE (New Year’s Eve) Party 2012

NYE 2012 is the New Year's Eve party to be at; featuring performances by DVDJ Washington and Havana NRG, live Saturday night Dec. 31, 2011 at Gloria's Addison. Bring in the New Years with Gloria's award winning margaritas and dance the year away to the smooth Latin music!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Gloria's Restaurants to Open New Location in Houston Spring of 2012

Even though Gloria’s Restaurants first location opened over 25 years ago, it's opening its 14th location in Texas because of Gloria's passion for excellence in food and entertainment.  Boasting locations all over the DFW metroplex and in Austin, Gloria's is about to open in's newest location in Houston, spring 2012.  Join us as we celebrate Gloria's newest restaurant, which will be located at 2616 Louisiana Street, Suite 101, Houston, Texas, we can't wait to see you there.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gloria’s Restaurants Announce New El Salvador Dishes

El Salvador is the smallest, yet most densely populated country in Central America. It is a small country with a culture heavily influenced by Spanish Europeans, which explains the unique flavors of popular Salvadorian dishes. Texas' warm weather has reminded us of the beautiful tropical weather of El Salvador and has inspired us to create two new flavorful dishes. Try our Huachinango Sarteneado, a pan seared red snapper or our Costa del Sol Huachinango, a chili rubbed red snapper. Both dishes are served with a corn salsa, sautéed in a white wine garlic sauce, and set on a bed of rice with asparagus spears.

Gloria's Uptown Restaurant guests, have you tried our Cucumber Mojito exclusive to our Uptown location? Stop by and give it a taste and let us know what you think! We're dying to know, how long have you been going to Gloria's and why do you keep coming back? 

Gloria’s is a Salvadorian restaurant known and distinguished for our tasty Latin American Food. Want to learn more about Gloria’s? Visit and take a look at their delicious Salvadorian Menu

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gloria's Restaurants To Open In Houston's Midtown

Gloria’s Restaurants will soon be leaving for Houston to open its newest location in Midtown.  This is an exciting day for owners Jose and Gloria Fuentes because Houston is where they originally met after fleeing El Salvador during its civil war in the late 70’s.  They are currently in talks with Bruce Molzan one of the current owners of the historic Ruggles Grill which is located on the 900 block of Westheimer.  If all goes as planned Jose and Gloria will demolish the 40 year old 26,000 sq. ft. Ruggles Grill to build a new 7,500 sq. ft. restaurant. This location is to be the first of 4 locations that will be opening in the greater Houston area.  They also plan on opening additional locations in Sugar Land, The Woodlands, and West University.   “Houston is a huge international market, and the competition is going to be very tough, but we will succeed there,” said Fuentes.  Gloria’s just recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and has 12 locations in the DFW area and one in Austin.  

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Gloria’s Voted #1 Happy Hour in South Dallas

Gloria’s has been voted the #1 Happy Hour in Oak Cliff and South Dallas by’s users.  Users can vote on the GoTime website or vote using their smartphone with the GoTime mobile app. This list can change daily so if you love Gloria’s please vote to keep us on the top of this and other lists that we may appear on.  Listed below are the correct happy hour times and prices. If you have any more questions, need direction or need to view the menu please visit

Gloria’s Happy Hour Times and Pricing in Dallas

  • Mon - Thurs: all day
  • Fri: 11:00am - 6pm

Happy Hour Drink Pricing Varies by Location, please go to to check happy hour pricing for your favorite location.

House Margaritas....range from: $3.00-5.00
House Wines........................... $5.00
Domestic Beers.......range from: $3.00-5.00
Imported Beer........ranges from: $3.50-5.00
Mojitos....................range from: $3.00-5.00
Sangaria................ranges from: $3.00-5.00

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What is Salvadorian Food?

What foods come to mind when you think of Salvadorian food?  Do you think of black beans, tacos and burritos?  Or do you think of tamales, plantains and pupusas?  Because most people don’t understand the differences between Mexican food and Salvadorian cuisine, here’s a  simple list of Salvadorian foods which can help you become a connoisseur of all things Salvadorian.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Rockwall Concert By The Lake Sponsored By Gloria’s

We all love concerts, who doesn’t, but come to The Harbor Amphitheater in Rockwall, TX on Thursday nights starting at 7:30 p.m. and you can love them for free.  The free concerts scheduled from May 5th to August 18th helps make good on Rockwall’s boast of being the “Live Music Capital of North Texas.”   Concerts are family friendly and start at 7:30 and run till 9 p.m. every Thursday evening for the remainder of the summer.   The concerts by the lake will feature country, rock, classic rock, zydeco, blues, pop and variety bands.  Hosting a wide variety of musical styles should give everyone across the metroplex a chance to come out and enjoy the concerts by the lake all summer long.  Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on but are asked to pick up the area before they leave.  With plenty of dining choices right on the water there is no need to bring your own food or drinks.  You can choose from Salvadorian, Mexican, Cajun and American food, so stop by before or after the concert for food and drinks.  The Rockwall Parks & Recreation Department hosts this event every year and with the help of local event sponsors like Gloria’s Rockwall, Rockwall Ford and others, the concert by the lake series should be a fixture for years to come.

2011 Concert by the Lake Schedule

May 5 - David Allen –Elvis Tribute-
May 12 - The Part Crashers – Classic Rock and Roll, 50’s thru 90’s dance & party music
May 19 - Vocal Trash – Variety
May 26 - Me and My Monkey – Beatles Tribute
June 2 - Escape – Dallas Journey Tribute Band
June 9 - Blaze of Glory – Bon Jovi Tribute
June 16 - The Pictures – 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, Top 40, Disco & Funk, and Country
June 23 - Django Walker - Country
June 30 - Hanna's Reef - Texas Beach Music
July 7 – King Creole – A Mardi Gras of classic party music!
July 14 – Double Ace – Variety
July 21 - Railhead - Classic Rock
July 28 - Professor D - Electric party/dance/variety band 
Aug 4 - King Bucks – Country
Aug 11 - Fastlane - Eagles Tribute
Aug 18 - Ponty Bone - Cajun Zydeco

Friday, July 15, 2011

Gloria’s Restaurant Opens new Restaurant in the Bishop Arts District

With Gloria’s Restaurants going 13 locations strong and one soon to be added in Houston, this past April 11th 2011 something strange happened at one of their locations recently, it closed.  You may be wondering which location, the location that started it all 25 years ago in Oak Cliff.  While many locals called the evening bittersweet, many were excited because the new Gloria’s opened a couple of nights later on Gloria’s 25th anniversary at the historic Fire Station No. 15 building, April 14th, 2011.  While Gloria’s Restaurants boast a very modern exterior, the owners Jose and Gloria Fuentes agreed to keep the historic look and feel of the building because of the areas conservation district requirements.  While many loved the first location, its lack of parking and 2,700 square feet of space made it a necessity to find a new location.  The new location boasts about 5,000 square feet of space nearly doubling the size of the old location.  The Fire Station also has 2 different levels for patio lounging.  While the inside has been totally renovated to look sleek and beautiful, there is still one piece of history that still remains, the fire pole.  If you haven’t visited our newest location yet, come by and have a margarita with us! 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Gloria's Happy Hour Schedule

Gloria's Happy Hour Times & Pricing 
  • Monday- Thursday all day
  • Friday -11:00am- 6pm

Happy Hour Pricing
House Margaritas…………. $5:00
House Wines………………… $5:00
Domestic Beers……………… $3:50
Imported Beer……………….. $4:00
Mojitos………………………….. $5:00
Sangria………………………….. $5:00 

Stop by any location for and try a delicious Gloria's Margarita

Gloria’s Restaurants - 13 Locations

Gloria’s Restaurants currently reside in 13 locations across Texas. The locations include…
  1. Gloria’s Restaurant Addison
  2. Gloria’s Restaurant Arlington  
  3. Gloria’s Restaurant Colleyville
  4. Gloria’s Restaurant Dallas (Greenville Ave.)
  5. Gloria’s Restaurant Dallas (Uptown)
  6. Gloria’s Restaurant Dallas (Lemmon Avenue)
  7. Gloria’s Restaurant Fort Worth
  8. Gloria’s Restaurant Frisco
  9. Gloria’s Restaurant Austin
  10. Gloria’s Restaurant Garland
  11. Gloria’s Restaurant Oak Cliff  
  12. Gloria’s Restaurant Rockwall
  13. Gloria’s Restaurant Fairview

For more details and directions on locations near you, please visit Gloria’s is a popular Latin American Restaurant with a few Tex Mex  and Salvadorian dishes. Join us for salsa dancing and live entertainment in the evenings. We hope to see you at one of our 13 locations!!!  

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Gloria's Restaurants 25th Anniversary

Gloria's Restaurants is proud to celebrate their 25th Anniversary on April 14th, 2011. Gloria's will be offering 25 cent Margaritas all day on April 14th at participating locations. Gloria's margaritas were voted the Best Margaritas in Dallas by D-Magazine. To view more details visit

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Salsa Dancing and Live Entertainment in Dallas

Want a fun night on the town? Visit Gloria's Website to find a location near you. You can read all about Gloria's Happy Hour Specials, Gloria's Events and Entertainment, Gloria's Lunch and Dinner Menu, and more. If you like to dance, visit Gloria's Restaurant in Addison on Saturday Evening for Salsa Dancing.

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Little History about the Founding of Gloria's Restaurants

About Gloria's Restaurants 

Gloria and Jose Fuentes were seventeen years old when they arrived to the United States in 1978. Like many other young Salvadorians, they were filled with hope - longing for a better life than what they were experiencing in a cruel and intense civil war, and civil chaos which lasted many years (decades) in El Salvador. Without knowing each other, Gloria and Jose settled in Houston, Texas and faced the precarious existence and survival difficulties of undocumented immigrants for some time.

Fatefully, love created a miracle when they met and moved to Dallas to work with Gloria's sister at a Salvadorian restaurant, which her sister owned in Oak Cliff. A year later passed, and Gloria's sister gave up on the restaurant and Gloria and Jose chose to take over. Despite all the obstacles, and showing amazing resilience and a persistent work ethic, their life was beginning to change for the best. Playing an entrepreneurial role - with no previous knowledge - they registered the assumed Gloria's name before the Dallas County Clerk on April 15, 1986. A few months later they became legal U.S. residents under the amnesty provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Under Jose and Gloria's management, the little Salvadorian restaurant became distinguished for their tasty food. It was so full of flavor that an undercover critic of the Dallas Morning News gave them a very positive review. The next day there was a considerable line of Anglo clients waiting under the summer sun of Dallas, for an opportunity to indulge in the new and delicious dishes. Even William "Bill" Clements, Jr., the Governor of Texas at the time, was one of those curious customers.

Gloria's growth has been a constant since then. Financial organization opened their doors to Gloria's for the first SBA loan in 1999 and continues to show support to the fourteen restaurants they own today. Coincidentally, this coming April, Gloria's will move their first small restaurant in Oak Cliff to the historic Fire Station building in the neighborhood, in celebration of their 25th Anniversary of triumphs. As well as, celebrating Gloria's unique attention to innovate and delight their customers taste and senses.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Best Place to Visit in Dallas during the Super Bowl

Although the cowboys will not be playing in the super bowl 2011, it is still a great opportunity for Dallas business owners to promote their restaurants, bars, shops, museums, and main attractions. There are many great wonderful things to do in Dallas, for example there is the Dallas World Aquarium, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the Dallas Museum of Art, Improv comedy clubs and not to mention the wonderful Restaurants with a taste of culture from all over the world. Gloria’s is one example of the many attractions in Dallas. Gloria’s Restaurants serve authentic Latin American food with a taste of El Salvadorian Flavors. Gloria’s is known for their award winning margaritas and was voted one of the top restaurants in Dallas. It doesn’t stop with great service and great food and drinks; Gloria’s is also a great place to go salsa dancing with a live band serenading you till the late hours of the night.

Dallas offers tourist a great selection of restaurants and hotels. Travelers can stay in the Marriott Suites, Westin, Renaissance Hotel, and more. There is so much to do and so much to see, whether your favorite team wins or loses.  It is estimated that there will be more than 150,000 people visiting Arlington from out of state. If you are one of the many people visiting from out of town we hope you enjoy your stay in Dallas. Don’t forget to take a tour of the city, visit the historical museums through the metroplex, and stop in Gloria’s for some Salsa dancing and some of the best Mexican restaurants in Dallas

Friday, January 7, 2011

Hpnotiq Tropical Margarita

* 2 oz. Hpnotiq

* 1 oz. White Tequila

* Splash of lime or pineapple juice

Shake well. Pour over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.Hpnotiq Margarita (Tropical Margarita)

* 2 oz. Hpnotiq

* 1 oz. White Tequila

* Splash of lime or pineapple juice

Shake well. Pour over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.