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The trio at Escondido Tex-Mex Patio features a queso paired with guac and a cilantro ranch.
Kathy Tran

Where to Eat the Meltiest, Cheesiest Queso in Dallas

Chile con queso may very well be the national dish of Dallas

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The trio at Escondido Tex-Mex Patio features a queso paired with guac and a cilantro ranch.
| Kathy Tran

There may be no dish more important to Dallas’s dining scene than a piping hot, neon orange bowl of queso. Instead of making a Velveeta-and-Rotel concoction at home, head to one of these restaurants for one of Dallas’s best bowls of queso. Topped with brisket, chicken fajita meat, chorizo, sour cream, and guacamole, these bowls will not disappoint.

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Mexican Sugar

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In addition to the wonderful margaritas at this Plano Tex-Mex spot, the queso is excellent. Here, it’s queso blanco, spiked with toasted dried chiles and a little guacamole and paired with crunchy chips perfect for scooping. 

Escondido TexMex Patio

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At this Tex-Mex joint, queso comes in a trio alongside freshly made guacamole and cilantro ranch dip, both of which make a nice contrast or double dip option. Diners can also order queso blanco the old-fashioned way or Queso Perfecto with brisket. 

Gabriela & Sofia’s Tex-Mex

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The guacamole at Gabriela y Sofia’s is much-lauded, and the queso is no slouch. The classic combination of processed American cheese, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes is solid enough. Still, the queso chorizo, topped with a homemade version of the classic Mexican sausage, cannot be missed. 

Odelay Tex-Mex

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Order the “Ritas and Queso” Queso from the apps menu here and get exactly what it says — but do add on chili con carne, guacamole, and sour cream for the whole experience. 

Torchy's Tacos

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The tacos at Torchy’s may not be universally beloved, but the queso is. Spicy and cheesy, it’s spiked with tons of green chiles, Cotija cheese, and cilantro, and if you want it “hillbilly style,” a scoop of chorizo. 

Blue Goose Cantina

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The Blue Goose Quesadilla is almost a meal into itself, loaded with grilled chicken, spinach, and mushrooms, plus guac and pico on the side. It might take more than a chip to hoist this bite up.

Mia's Tex-Mex Restaurant

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Opened in Dallas in 1981, Mia’s Tex-Mex has tons of fans in Dallas, and for a good reason. Order the queso chorizo, a riff on queso fundido served with flour tortillas, or stick with the classic chile con queso before digging into a plate of those famed brisket tacos. 

Matt's Rancho Martinez

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Of course, Matt’s Rancho Martinez must be included in any conversation about queso. The original El Rancho restaurant in Austin is credited with creating Bob Armstrong dip, the oft-copied combination of queso, guacamole, spiced ground beef, and sour cream. Yes, one can find it here in Dallas at Matt’s. Ask for it atop nachos or fries for an even more decadent appetizer. 

E Bar Tex-Mex

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This East Dallas Tex-Mex favorite loads up its melty cheese dip with guacamole, ground beef, and sour cream, enhancing the gooey perfection of this classic dip. 

Pepe's & Mito's

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At this Deep Ellum staple, starting dinner with a bowl of queso is essential. Add spinach or spiced taco meat if you need to futz with perfection. 

Beto & Son

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Sure this place has queso blanco, crafted in the traditional style. But Beto’s loaded queso, with chicken fajita meat, chorizo, refried beans, pico, guacamole, salsa verde, and crema, is an everything but the kitchen sink queso experience worth ordering.

Mexican Sugar

In addition to the wonderful margaritas at this Plano Tex-Mex spot, the queso is excellent. Here, it’s queso blanco, spiked with toasted dried chiles and a little guacamole and paired with crunchy chips perfect for scooping. 

Escondido TexMex Patio

At this Tex-Mex joint, queso comes in a trio alongside freshly made guacamole and cilantro ranch dip, both of which make a nice contrast or double dip option. Diners can also order queso blanco the old-fashioned way or Queso Perfecto with brisket. 

Gabriela & Sofia’s Tex-Mex

The guacamole at Gabriela y Sofia’s is much-lauded, and the queso is no slouch. The classic combination of processed American cheese, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes is solid enough. Still, the queso chorizo, topped with a homemade version of the classic Mexican sausage, cannot be missed. 

Odelay Tex-Mex

Order the “Ritas and Queso” Queso from the apps menu here and get exactly what it says — but do add on chili con carne, guacamole, and sour cream for the whole experience. 

Torchy's Tacos

The tacos at Torchy’s may not be universally beloved, but the queso is. Spicy and cheesy, it’s spiked with tons of green chiles, Cotija cheese, and cilantro, and if you want it “hillbilly style,” a scoop of chorizo. 

Blue Goose Cantina

The Blue Goose Quesadilla is almost a meal into itself, loaded with grilled chicken, spinach, and mushrooms, plus guac and pico on the side. It might take more than a chip to hoist this bite up.

Mia's Tex-Mex Restaurant

Opened in Dallas in 1981, Mia’s Tex-Mex has tons of fans in Dallas, and for a good reason. Order the queso chorizo, a riff on queso fundido served with flour tortillas, or stick with the classic chile con queso before digging into a plate of those famed brisket tacos. 

Matt's Rancho Martinez

Of course, Matt’s Rancho Martinez must be included in any conversation about queso. The original El Rancho restaurant in Austin is credited with creating Bob Armstrong dip, the oft-copied combination of queso, guacamole, spiced ground beef, and sour cream. Yes, one can find it here in Dallas at Matt’s. Ask for it atop nachos or fries for an even more decadent appetizer. 

E Bar Tex-Mex

This East Dallas Tex-Mex favorite loads up its melty cheese dip with guacamole, ground beef, and sour cream, enhancing the gooey perfection of this classic dip. 

Pepe's & Mito's

At this Deep Ellum staple, starting dinner with a bowl of queso is essential. Add spinach or spiced taco meat if you need to futz with perfection. 

Beto & Son

Sure this place has queso blanco, crafted in the traditional style. But Beto’s loaded queso, with chicken fajita meat, chorizo, refried beans, pico, guacamole, salsa verde, and crema, is an everything but the kitchen sink queso experience worth ordering.

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