Go to Palapas for the Nachos If You Must, but Stay for Everything Else

Categories: Eat This

Catherine Downes
First, a quick aside. If you come to Palapas Seafood Bar and bury yourself in Tex-Mex you're doing yourself a huge disservice. Pick up a menu here and you'll find descriptions of some of the best Mexican seafood to be had in Dallas -- a great mix of ceviches, grilled fishes and tacos on hand-made tortillas served with great condiments. With so many plates of beans and cheese available in Dallas, you'd be a fool to come to a place like this and order the nachos.

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With that said, if you're a fan of carefully adorned tortilla chips you're going to have to come to Palapas and try the nachos. They are everything you could ever want in a rendition of the ubiquitous and often abused bar snack.

Just look at them:

Every bite is a Superbowl with this plate.
Every component is nearly perfect. The chips are sturdy and stay crunchy to the end and the cheese is soft, pliable and applied generously without becoming overwhelming. Those beans aren't refried, but whole, and they're so soft they melt like refried beans in your mouth, while the skirt steak is salty and chewy. That guacamole might not knock the dust off your sombrero, but it will certainly disappear along with the rest of the plate if you're not careful.

Bring at least three friends to help you tackle this one and you'll save enough room to experience the best of both worlds. Order the tostadas topped with shrimp ceviche, or a whole red snapper cut open, splayed flat and grilled. And order another beer, relax and enjoy the breeze. The scenery may not be so great on Greenville Avenue but you can't have everything.

Location Info

Palapas Seafood Bar

1418 Greenville Ave, Dallas / Fort Worth, TX

Category: Restaurant

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primi_timpano topcommenter

Do they serve a quality caldo de mariscos?


Had my way with some fish tacos not too long ago. They were fantastic.


This place has been in the back of my mind for awhile. Once I read this, WHAM!. Stopped by after work with the LOML.  We had the shrimp nachos, along with some fish ceviche (forgot which kind). All very tasty, very fresh.  The chips were corny and the salsa was very flavorful.  The marg was a good one, but could use a little extra Tequila for my taste.  I love the decor--it really transports you to another place and I could feel by blood pressure lower just by walking in.  A great addition to Lowest Greenville. Hopefully more places will come along down there, but for now I am loving the easy parking situation :-)


Judging from the prices, their seafood is obviously the highest quality. For example, the shrimp are beautiful, fresh white gulf shrimp. Not imported from Vietnam or China. However, I sure wish they offered a smaller, less expensive Mexican shrimp cocktail then the $15.00 schooner size as the only one offered.  

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Greg820  my friend who went is from this region of Mexico the food comes from and said that it is a very good representation of the flavors and foods that come from his hometown


@Twinwillow  Try their oysters; priced right....and nicely presented.  My only compliant (regarding the oysters) is their shucking technique....they rinse each oyster under tap water, washing away all the nice oyster liquors...when I mentioned this to the manager, he frowned.   

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