15 of the Best Mexican Food Restaurants in Dallas According to My Facebook Friends
Experiencing good Mexican food is like watching a sunset, it’s one of those “you had to be there events.” You’ve seen 1000s of sunsets, but they all start to blend together in your mind after a while. You try and capture that one special sunset you’ve seen many times before in a photo, but it never quite illustrates the mouth dropping, awe-inspiring feeling you got when you saw it live.
This is the same with taste bud memories. Mexican food and Tex-Mex are made from the same ingredients, ground beef, tortillas, flour, corn, and cheese, yet some places mix it better than others.
With Texas being so close to the border, it makes sense that we would have our share of Mexican restaurants. Dallas is home to many popular, and well-known Mexican restaurants as well as ma and pa taquerías. Food, much like art, is something you can definitely get a lot of opinions on. After surveying 1200 Facebook friends, and 3000 Twitter followers and receiving 27 responses on Facebook and six responses on Twitter, I came up with a list. This list is brought to you by my friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Best Dallas Mexican & Tex-Mex Food Restaurants in 2010
This survey took place previous (March 2010) to all the new taco places which popped up in Dallas: Rockin’ Taco, Rusty Taco, the Urban Taco in Uptown, many of which aren’t full fledged Dallas Mexican food restaurants . Enjoy!
“El Mercado and Cocina Mexicana. The restaurant is located in downtown Dallas, in the heart of the Farmer’s Market on S. Pearl, between Marilla and Taylor Streets and convenient to Central Expy. Concina Mexicana is the sister restaurant of Dos Panchas,” mentioned Gregg Hollis.
“For a basic chain I like El Fenix. They have good cheese and onion enchiladas, and their Tres Leches is pretty authentic actually. I do like some local stuff but not in Dallas proper,” said Janice A. Sloan Moran
“Luna de Noche…makes my mouth water just thinking of it ,” commented Kristen Ogle Krager
“My top picks are javier’s, matittos or uncle julios,” says Brian Biggie Small.
“Ojedas on Maple. Killer margaritas,” stated Rafael De La Cruz
“Urban Taco at Mockingbird Station is really good. More authentic Mexican cuisine as opposed to the Tex-Mex,”commented Maria Hernandez
“There is a whole in the wall place called Mexicali’s at the corner of Jupiter and NW HWY. They have the best table salsa and great fajitas,” exclaimed Rachel Hall
“Cantina Laredo is delish! (Located at Preston and Royal),” according to Dallas Socialites
“Mias off lemmon Ave. Next to bobs chop house. Looks like an old house. Been around forever. Really strong margaritas. Great food fast service,” commented Levi Hilton.
“I would strongly say Mia’s, Desperados, and Matt’s Rancho Martinez. Mia’s: straight awesome food and a great family/chill vibe. Matt’s: cool vibe and also good fam/laid back vibe. AWESOME patio in the summer/spring! Desperados: the Desperados Tacos………..best thing ever! You can split them with a friend for like $8 with a delish cerveza or rita. So awesome,”explained Lindsey Paine-Mcgehee
“CHUYS Rocks! They have both a fresh as well as a warm roasted salsa, home made tortillas, the Chica Chica Boom Boom Enchiladas and I’m pretty sure Elvis would approve of the DEEP FRIED AVACADO!!! YUMMMMMM,” according to Pegasus Dallas
“Chuy’s and Nacho Bar are Totally awesome because they have a fun and colorful atmosphere, Good drink specials, and Nacho bar was free during certain hours and loaded with anything you could imagine,” says Melissa Matheson. She also loves the taquitos & rice.
Best Dallas Mexican & Tex-Mex Food: Editor’s Picks
Below is a list with a quick review of each of the best Dallas Mexican & Tex-Mex restaurants and what makes them special. I’ve sampled and frequented these places often since moving to Dallas five years ago, each for different reasons, so I feel they are consistent with what they offer. There is something special about the way these particular places mix these. Each have their own special dish I’ve tried to highlight below.
Pepe’s & Mito’s Mexican Cafe – Their Wine Chipotle Enchiladas make cheese taste like a delicacy fit for a king. (no website) Yelp
Manny’s Tex-Mex Restaurante – Great tortilla chips, cool patio, and cheese tacos to dye for. website.
Mattio’s Cafe Mexicano – Amazing all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet and bottomless mimosas for Sunday brunch. Inexpensive beef fajitas for lunch. website
Desperados Mexican Restaurant- This place has the best value for beef fajitas in town. They don’t charge extra for cheese, guacamole, or extra corn tortillas. website
El Fenix – The fastest and best service when you’re in a rush. El Fenix is also very inexpensive. website
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