The Nine Best Tex-Mex Restaurants In Dallas

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Hang onto your pants. It's time to lay out or favorite Tex-Mex restaurants -- an endeavor that consistently draws as passionate a comment stream as any burger post.

Pepe & Mito's (Pictured above)
This Deep Ellum mainstay won last year's award for Best Tex-Mex in Dallas with homemade tortillas, great Margaritas, tacos and tamales. With a warmer than normal winter expected you should hit up the patio before a night out on Elm Street, or come back in the morning for a serious brunch-based remedy to all that ails you.

*****

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Lori Bandi
Urban Rio
Urban Rio broke out on the scene this year with hand-crafted ingredients, clean tasting food, and a massive dining room that's packed on weekend evenings with Plano locals. For the amount of work the kitchen puts into their dishes, from the hand-made tortillas to the fresh salsas, the menu provides a great value.

*****

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Herrera's
The old Herrera's on Maple Avenue will always have a place in my heart. I wish the new dining room had half the romance as the old space that was memorialized in National Geographic, but I suppose it's nice I don't have to endure an hour-long wait for my sour cream enchiladas.

*****

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Lori Bandi
Soleo
This north Dallas restaurant is new to the scene and bills itself as an authentic Mexican restaurant, but there's excellent chips and salsa on every table, queso and guacamole if you order it, and fajitas, enchiladas and tacos too. Don't sleep on the earthy pazole -- it's one of the best renditions in Dallas.

*****
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Avila's The chili relleno served at Avila's made this year's 100 Favorite dishes because the kitchen leaves the pepper naked instead of breading it in what often becomes soggy batter. Watch out for that salsa -- it packs a punch.
*****

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So. Much. Cheese.
Cuquita's
This small family chain may have closed a few locations over the years but it's not because of their food. Cuquita's serves of simple Tex-Mex that may hit the cheese a little hard, but still doesn't leave you feeling like you need medical support to get home.

*****

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Manny's Uptown
These guys have the best brisket tacos in Dallas in my opinion. I love the bright crunchy vegetables, and the massive bowl of gravy they give you for dipping and dousing.

*****

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Mr Mesero
If you've been a fan of the upscale Tex-Mex of Mi Cocina, get out of your groove and give Mr. Mesero a try. It's owned and operated by Michael Rodriguez, the guy who built the Mi Cocina empire, but this small Uptown restaurant maintains a quaint one-of-a-kind feel that's all it's own.

*****

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El Ranchito
This place is insane on a Friday night. The line is always out the door, and every time someone steps out, the deafening sounds of Mariachi music pour into the street.
The cabrito is my favorite dish, but standard Tex-Mex offerings are decent too. What I like best though, is the scene at this Oak Cliff restaurant -- it's always fun.

Location Info

Venue

Map

Herrera's Mexican Restaurant

4024 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Urban Rio Cantina & Grill

1000 14th St., Plano, TX

Category: Restaurant

Avila's Mexican Restaurant

4714 Maple ave, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cuquita's Restaurant

13260 Josey Lane, Farmers Branch, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pepe's & Mito's Mexican Cafe

2911 Elm St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Manny's Uptown Restaurante

3521 Oak Grove Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mr. Mesero

4444 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Ranchito Cafe & Club

610 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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92 comments
Shawn Slaughter
Shawn Slaughter

Posting old articles creates hits on the website. If it don't make dollars it don't make "ad"-sense. Oh, and where is Mattito's dammit?!

Ricardo Paniagua
Ricardo Paniagua

getting a two piece today......this should stretch it out nicely

Tori Bultman
Tori Bultman

Herrera's is so gross. I don't understand why it makes these lists.

Emmanuel Lopez
Emmanuel Lopez

How's Wednesday? we can grab some food then walk around your hood?

Michael Mason
Michael Mason

How often is this Dec '12 article going to be recirculated?

Matthew Cantu
Matthew Cantu

one of them is right next to my apartment . I love Herrars !!!!

Bighappy
Bighappy

THIS LIST MUST HAVE BEEN GENERATING BY SENIOR CITIZENS WITH NO TASTE BUDS.. SAD.. HORRIBLE LIST..

Emmanuel Lopez
Emmanuel Lopez

Downside, only 7 days in a week. Upside! We need more than one meal a day! :) I'm in. let's do this shiz.

Bighappy
Bighappy

No freaking way. No Ranchitos, Calle Doce, Gonzalez?? NO DEAL..

Matthew Cantu
Matthew Cantu

Emmanuel Lopez I think we have something to do for the next week!

TexMarine
TexMarine

Urban Rio?  You just invalidated the entire list with that bullshit.

James Day
James Day

No Tupinamba`s! Who sits down and makes these lists? Really!

brian.martin
brian.martin

any best Tex Mex list that does not include Gonzalez on Jefferson is a crap list..oh yea, and how about doing something new..You guys are starting to re-hash the same tired ass lists as the DMN and Star-T...hey how about a burger battle, then you guys can join the club!

The Danny Church Band
The Danny Church Band

Thank you for including Cuquitas- who consistently delivers the real. And RIP Escondido!

James Day
James Day

Top Tex-Mex in Dallas and no Tupinamba`s?? Who sat down and made this list??

choderus
choderus

I love El Ranchito, first tried it about twenty years ago and it's been consistently great.  It's also a perfect place to take out-of-towners on the weekend, gets quite lively inside!

Dan Pettit
Dan Pettit

I tried Pepe y Mito's based upon this list today and I was disappointed. I went simple and got the chicken fajita nachos. Not enough chicken. The chips that are used should not have. Why is there such a difference between the chips that are used with the salsa in the beginning and the chips used for nachos? I go to Fuzzy's Taco Shop and the chips used for salsa, queso, guacamole, and nachos are the same and they are awesome. Even though they are small, they stay crunchy.

lizbuddie
lizbuddie

@ncjks Not anymore. Back in the day, I made some pretty decent carne guisada.. ;) @romanflute

G_David
G_David

I can't argue with any of these.  Although my all-time favorite is Pepe's & Mito's for overall awesomeness, Manny's does indeed have the best brisket tacos.  And the tortillas at Cuquita's melt in your mouth.  

espinozajoni.je
espinozajoni.je

Congratulations to Mr. Mesero.

But I wouldn't call it Tex-Mex!

Daniel Sibley
Daniel Sibley

Mr. Mesero...anything north of NWHwy doesn't count

romeolipschitz
romeolipschitz

Casa Milagro, as great as it is, is much more Mexican than Tex-Mex. I gather the purpose of the article was to highlight Tex-Mex establishments. Unless the writer is from... uh, New York and ill informed.

Dave Ybanez
Dave Ybanez

Once I saw Pepe & Mito's and Herrera's I knew this wasn't worth my time. And desperados???? lol. Taco cabana has better food.

G_David
G_David

@Dave Ybanez Yet it was worth your time to make an idiotic comment?  Must suck to be you.

markzero
markzero

@Twinwillow @romeolipschitz Had their rellenos multiple times. Yum. BTW, used to eat at the Mexican place in the strip on the SW corner for lunch a lot, but it closed :( Too bad, they had multiple grandmas in the kitchen, including one making tortillas.

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