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Mr. Mesero, home of some seriously tasty queso.
Mr. Mesero, home of some seriously tasty queso.
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10 Places to Eat Queso, the Unofficial State Food of Texas

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Mr. Mesero, home of some seriously tasty queso.
| Photo: Mr. Mesero/Facebook

Although queso is not actually the official state food of Texas — that honor belongs to chili — it probably should be. The delicious, delightfully trashy cheesy goo is available just about everywhere, from lowly dive bars to significantly more upscale establishments, but not all quesos are created equally. Here's a roundup of ten standout versions of queso, from traditional to versions doctored up with everything from spicy chorizo to spinach and artichokes.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Alligator Cafe

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2915 Elm Street
Dallas, TX
Two words: Crawfish. Queso. This is a real thing served at Alligator Cafe, and it is really, really good: Think your typical creamy cheese dip accented with blackening spice and chunks of tender crawfish.

2. Maracas Cocina Mexicana

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2914 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-7140
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We were sad to see Monica's Aca y Alla go, but luckily Maracas has pretty much the same food -- including the killer queso blanco. Thick, rich and accompanied by a seemingly never-ending basket of warm chips, this queso has spinach in it so you can almost convince yourself it's health food.

3. Matt's Rancho Martinez

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1904 Skillman St
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-5517
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The famous Bob Armstrong dip isn't actually on the menu at Matt's, but you can and should order it. The queso is of the trashy bright orange Velveeta-ish variety, but that's part of its charm, especially when livened up with scoops of rich sour cream and guac and seasoned taco meat.

4. Mexican Sugar

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7501 Lone Star Dr #B150
Plano, TX 75024
(214) 732-5132
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We're not sure what exactly the guayabera and fedora-clad kitchen guys at this new Shops at Legacy hot spot put in the white queso, but it's magically delicious and will have you scraping the bottom of the bowl with the freshly fried chips. (At only $6, it's not that terrible of an idea to order seconds.)

5. Mr Mesero

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4444 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 780-1960
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Mi Cocina founder Mico Rodriguez obviously knows a thing or two about queso. The version here is of the blanco variety, and it's doctored up with spinach and artichokes -- but the thing that really makes it stand out is the fact that the servers dole out your queso onto a plate of chips just for you. Queso, fancified. (Psst: The same queso is also available at newcomer Mesero Miguel.)

6. Meso Maya

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1611 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 484-6555
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Meso Maya dresses their already-flavorful queso fundido (made with three white cheeses) up with strips of roasted poblanos, and either deliciously oily, spicy chorizo or spinach and mushrooms. It comes flanked by excellent housemade corn tortillas, but it wouldn't hurt to pair it with an order of the housemade chicharrones, either.

7. Pepe's & Mito's Mexican Cafe

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2911 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-1901
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The classic queso at this Deep Ellum Tex-Mex staple is creamy, peppery and coats the always freshly fried chips just right, but if you're in the mood for some serious carb-loading you'd be wise to order a side of soft housemade tortillas to go with it as well.

8. Soleo Mexican Kitchen

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8611 Hillcrest Ave., Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75225
Family-owned Soleo makes an excellent pitstop after escaping from the soul-sucking vortex that is North Park Center this time of year. The queso loaded up with tender barbacoa meat is pretty stellar for post-shopping refueling, particularly when paired with a Soleorita.

9. Taco Joint

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911 N Peak St
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 826-8226
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Humble little Taco Joint is one of the best places around to feed a hangover, thanks to indulgent menu items like "The Disaster," which is queso mixed with seasoned ground beef, guac and pico. (There's regular queso available too, but c'mon, now is not the time to be wussing out.) Accompanying chips are thin, crispy-fried perfection.

10. Torchy's Tacos

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5921 Forest Ln
Dallas, TX 75230
(972) 720-9200
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Sorry, Torchy's haters, but the queso here is really, really delicious -- although suspiciously orange in color, it contains green chiles for extra zing and it's garnished with creamy guac, crumbly queso fresco, cilantro and a little of the house diablo sauce.

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1. Alligator Cafe

2915 Elm Street, Dallas, TX
Two words: Crawfish. Queso. This is a real thing served at Alligator Cafe, and it is really, really good: Think your typical creamy cheese dip accented with blackening spice and chunks of tender crawfish.
2915 Elm Street
Dallas, TX

2. Maracas Cocina Mexicana

2914 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226
We were sad to see Monica's Aca y Alla go, but luckily Maracas has pretty much the same food -- including the killer queso blanco. Thick, rich and accompanied by a seemingly never-ending basket of warm chips, this queso has spinach in it so you can almost convince yourself it's health food.
2914 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75226

3. Matt's Rancho Martinez

1904 Skillman St, Dallas, TX 75206
The famous Bob Armstrong dip isn't actually on the menu at Matt's, but you can and should order it. The queso is of the trashy bright orange Velveeta-ish variety, but that's part of its charm, especially when livened up with scoops of rich sour cream and guac and seasoned taco meat.
1904 Skillman St
Dallas, TX 75206

4. Mexican Sugar

7501 Lone Star Dr #B150, Plano, TX 75024
We're not sure what exactly the guayabera and fedora-clad kitchen guys at this new Shops at Legacy hot spot put in the white queso, but it's magically delicious and will have you scraping the bottom of the bowl with the freshly fried chips. (At only $6, it's not that terrible of an idea to order seconds.)
7501 Lone Star Dr #B150
Plano, TX 75024

5. Mr Mesero

4444 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205
Mi Cocina founder Mico Rodriguez obviously knows a thing or two about queso. The version here is of the blanco variety, and it's doctored up with spinach and artichokes -- but the thing that really makes it stand out is the fact that the servers dole out your queso onto a plate of chips just for you. Queso, fancified. (Psst: The same queso is also available at newcomer Mesero Miguel.)
4444 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

6. Meso Maya

1611 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75202
Meso Maya dresses their already-flavorful queso fundido (made with three white cheeses) up with strips of roasted poblanos, and either deliciously oily, spicy chorizo or spinach and mushrooms. It comes flanked by excellent housemade corn tortillas, but it wouldn't hurt to pair it with an order of the housemade chicharrones, either.
1611 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75202

7. Pepe's & Mito's Mexican Cafe

2911 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
The classic queso at this Deep Ellum Tex-Mex staple is creamy, peppery and coats the always freshly fried chips just right, but if you're in the mood for some serious carb-loading you'd be wise to order a side of soft housemade tortillas to go with it as well.
2911 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

8. Soleo Mexican Kitchen

8611 Hillcrest Ave., Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75225
Family-owned Soleo makes an excellent pitstop after escaping from the soul-sucking vortex that is North Park Center this time of year. The queso loaded up with tender barbacoa meat is pretty stellar for post-shopping refueling, particularly when paired with a Soleorita.
8611 Hillcrest Ave., Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75225

9. Taco Joint

911 N Peak St, Dallas, TX 75204
Humble little Taco Joint is one of the best places around to feed a hangover, thanks to indulgent menu items like "The Disaster," which is queso mixed with seasoned ground beef, guac and pico. (There's regular queso available too, but c'mon, now is not the time to be wussing out.) Accompanying chips are thin, crispy-fried perfection.
911 N Peak St
Dallas, TX 75204

10. Torchy's Tacos

5921 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75230
Sorry, Torchy's haters, but the queso here is really, really delicious -- although suspiciously orange in color, it contains green chiles for extra zing and it's garnished with creamy guac, crumbly queso fresco, cilantro and a little of the house diablo sauce.
5921 Forest Ln
Dallas, TX 75230

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