Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant brings 'a little piece of Mexico' to Frisco

Cristina Vargas said Johnny's Tacos—specifically the brisket tacos—are one of her favorite menu items. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cristina Vargas said Johnny's Tacos—specifically the brisket tacos—are one of her favorite menu items. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)

Cristina Vargas said Johnny's Tacos—specifically the brisket tacos—are one of her favorite menu items. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
Arturo Vargas said one of his favorite dishes—and one of the restaurant's most popular—is the chicken fajita plate. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
The Cristina Rite is one of the restaurant's signature cocktails. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant is owned by Arturo Vargas (left). His daughter, Cristina Vargas, will take over the business when he retires. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
Arturo Vargas knew he had a passion for service when he immigrated to Texas from Mexico.

That passion helped him to advance from being a dishwasher and busboy to becoming the owner of Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant, a 12-store restaurant group named after his daughter.

Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant first opened in Flower Mound in 1996 and then in Frisco in 1998. The Flower Mound location—the group’s flagship store—was an extension of Angelina’s, a Mexican restaurant founded by Arturo’s mother-in-law.

“The idea is to bring a little piece of Mexico to the people we serve,” Arturo said.

The Mexican restaurant’s food menu has a variety of appetizers, soups, tacos, chicken plates, fish plates and combination plates. The drink menu includes margaritas, mojitos, beer, sangria, wine and signature cocktails.

Cristina Vargas, Arturo’s daughter and the restaurant’s namesake, is set to take over the restaurant when her father retires.

She said some of her earliest memories are of spending her days in the restaurant with her family and friends.

“Customers are able to feel the love we’ve put into it transcend into the food and the service,” Cristina said. “It really is home and just a go-to place for people I grew up with and so many other people in the community.”

Arturo said one of the restaurant’s defining characteristics is its standard of quality and service.

“We say to our cooks and employees: ‘Pretend that you’re cooking for your mother,’” he said.

Arturo said he and his wife always dreamed their children would take over the restaurant and continue their legacy.

This is a dream that has come to fruition, as Arturo’s children are committed to keeping the restaurant family-owned and -operated, Arturo said.

“It has been a blessing to be able to work with my dad and my siblings,” Cristina said. “I was not only raised in a home where I got to see a lot of love and a lot of generosity, but I also got to see my parents create a place like that for people to work at and eat at. I believe that God has given this all to us to spread love and generosity, and I’m honored to carry that on.”

Elizabeth Uclés contributed to this story.
Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant

5105 Eldorado Parkway, Frisco


Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.


pga of america site plan
PGA of America golf course, hotel approved by Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission

Development is progressing for the PGA of America headquarters in Frisco.

Nurture Women's Health moving to a new Frisco location

Nurture Women's Health offers obstetrics and gynecology services.

frisco isd board meeting
Frisco ISD board votes in favor of extending school day in 2020-21

The Frisco ISD board voted on a calendar for the 2020-21 school year.

The Frisco Community Parade is a collaboration between the city of Frisco, Frisco ISD, the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee. (Courtesy Frisco ISD)
12 Frisco events to check out in November and December

Frisco is getting ready for the holidays with a number of events.

The new Texas Health Frisco campus includes a 325,000-square-foot hospital and a UT Southwestern Medical Center. (Lindsey Juarez Monsivais/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Health Frisco, UT Southwestern Medical Center to see first patients in December

Frisco newest hospital campus is set to open in December.

What is the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning?

When severe weather hits, how should you react to different notifications?

A veteran and children watch a Veterans Day ceremony in 2016. (Lindsey Juarez Monsivais/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee supports former military personnel

A community-run committee supports and promotes local veterans.

The closure of some stores could be a contributing factor to slowing sales tax revenue growth. (Lindsey Juarez Monsivais/Community Impact Newspaper)
Slowing sales tax growth contributes to budget changes in Frisco

Sales tax revenue in Frisco is not growing as quickly as it had in previous years. But new development and a new state law could boost revenue.

Michelle Bronson (left) and Sinead Shirley run Lookin Sharp Family Barbershop in Frisco. (Lindsey Juarez Monsivais/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lookin Sharp Family Barbershop seeks to serve all ages, hair types

Lookin Sharp Family Barbershop opened in 2018 with the mission to serve all hair types.

More than 80 vaping-related health cases have been reported in North Texas so far this year. (Courtesy eldarnurkovic/Adobe Stock)
Vaping illnesses, injuries rise in North Texas; business owners report sales decline

North Texas has the highest number of vaping-related health cases in the state. Meanwhile, vaping businesses are struggling with the rising reports of illnesses and deaths.

Frisco ISD launches vaping prevention initiatives as student referrals increase

As the number of students caught vaping continues to rise, Frisco ISD is rolling out a new initiative to help prevent vaping before students become addicted.

frisco isd board of trustees
Frisco ISD board considers extending school day to shorten school year

The Frisco ISD board will vote on a calendar for the 2020-21 school year at a Nov. 11 board meeting.

Back to top