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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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There may be no dish more important to Dallas’s dining scene than a piping hot, neon orange bowl of queso. The humble combination of melted American cheese and chiles is consumed by the gallon across this city, whether microwaved together in at-home kitchens or enjoyed at one of the city’s best restaurants.

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, spiked with Thai curry, and loaded with beef, sour cream, and guacamole, these bowls absolutely will not disappoint.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mexican Sugar

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7501 Lone Star Dr Ste B150
Plano, TX 75024
(972) 943-0984
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In addition to the killer margaritas at this Plano Tex-Mex spot, the queso is excellent. Here, it’s queso blanco, spiked with toasted dried chiles, a little guacamole, and paired with crunchy chips perfect for scooping.

2. LADA

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6859 Arapaho Rd #601
Dallas, TX 75248
(469) 372-7076
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A newcomer to Dallas’s queso scene, the combination of queso blanco, Cotija, and pickled fresno chiles is true perfection. Especially when paired with a margarita and Lada’s freshly fried tortilla chips.

3. Gabriela & Sofia’s Tex-Mex

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10455 N Central Expy #117
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 647-1033
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The guacamole at Gabriela y Sofia’s is much-lauded, and the queso is no slouch, either. The classic combination of processed American cheese, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes is solid enough, but the queso chorizo, topped with a homemade version of the classic Mexican sausage, cannot be missed.

4. Torchy's Tacos

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5600 SMU Boulevard #102
Dallas, TX 75206
(972) 993-8226
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The tacos at Torchy’s may not be universally beloved, but the queso definitely 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.

5. Velvet Taco

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3012 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-8358
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It isn’t a traditional queso by any means, but the Thai curry coconut queso at Velvet Taco is still a worthy contender. Topped with pickled onions, Thai basil, and queso fresco, it’s the kind of fusion that actually works.

6. Mia's Tex-Mex

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4322 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 526-1020
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Opened in Dallas in 1981, Mia’s Tex-Mex has tons of fans in Dallas, and for good reason. Order the queso chorizo, a riff on queso fundido that’s served with flour tortillas, or stick with the classic chile con queso before digging into a plate of those famed brisket tacos.

7. Matt's Rancho Martinez

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1904 Skillman St
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-5517
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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 the creation of Bob Armstrong dip, the oft-copied combination of queso, guacamole, spiced ground beef, and sour cream, and you’ll find it here in Dallas at Matt’s. Ask for it atop nachos or fries for an even more decadent appetizer.

8. Desert Racer

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1520 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-1520
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The queso at this Greenville Avenue eatery is simple but solid. Jazz up a bowl with a scoop of taco meat, or perhaps a pile of borracho brisket. Need something more substantial than an appetizer? Consider the queso-slathered chimichangas stuffed with smoked chicken or pork shoulder adobada.

9. E Bar Tex-Mex

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1901 N Haskell Ave #120
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 824-3227
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This East Dallas Tex-Mex favorite loads up its melty cheese dip with guacamole, ground beef, and sour cream, which only enhances the gooey perfection of this classic dip.

10. Meso Maya Comida y Copas

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1611 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 484-6555
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With multiple locations scattered across DFW, Meso Maya is always a reliable queso destination. Melted Chihuahua and pepper jack cheeses are spiked with poblano chiles, nopales, and fresh corn. Gild the lily with a pile of smoky brisket for just $2 more.

11. Pepe's & Mito's

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2911 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-1901
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At this Deep Ellum staple, starting dinner with a bowl of queso is absolutely essential. Add spinach or spiced taco meat if you feel the need to futz with perfection.

12. Spiral Diner & Bakery

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1101 N Beckley Ave
Dallas, TX 75203
(214) 948-4747
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Okay, it isn’t technically queso because there’s no cheese involved, but the vegan “nacho cheese” dip at Spiral Diner is an excellent choice for vegans and non-vegans alike. Order it atop the restaurant’s nachos, or on its own with a side of chips. Pro-tip: ask for a scoop of the vegan sour cream on top for extra creaminess.

13. Cheesesteak House

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2015 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(469) 941-4389
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Killer queso isn’t something one would expect to find in a cheesesteak shop, but Cheesesteak House isn’t the average cheesesteak shop. Here, add rich, spicy queso to a shaved steak sandwich, or poured atop a hefty pile of fries.

1. Mexican Sugar

7501 Lone Star Dr Ste B150, Plano, TX 75024

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

7501 Lone Star Dr Ste B150
Plano, TX 75024

2. LADA

6859 Arapaho Rd #601, Dallas, TX 75248

A newcomer to Dallas’s queso scene, the combination of queso blanco, Cotija, and pickled fresno chiles is true perfection. Especially when paired with a margarita and Lada’s freshly fried tortilla chips.

6859 Arapaho Rd #601
Dallas, TX 75248

3. Gabriela & Sofia’s Tex-Mex

10455 N Central Expy #117, Dallas, TX 75231

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

10455 N Central Expy #117
Dallas, TX 75231

4. Torchy's Tacos

5600 SMU Boulevard #102, Dallas, TX 75206

The tacos at Torchy’s may not be universally beloved, but the queso definitely 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.

5600 SMU Boulevard #102
Dallas, TX 75206

5. Velvet Taco

3012 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

It isn’t a traditional queso by any means, but the Thai curry coconut queso at Velvet Taco is still a worthy contender. Topped with pickled onions, Thai basil, and queso fresco, it’s the kind of fusion that actually works.

3012 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

6. Mia's Tex-Mex

4322 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

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

4322 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

7. Matt's Rancho Martinez

1904 Skillman St, Dallas, TX 75206

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

1904 Skillman St
Dallas, TX 75206

8. Desert Racer

1520 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

The queso at this Greenville Avenue eatery is simple but solid. Jazz up a bowl with a scoop of taco meat, or perhaps a pile of borracho brisket. Need something more substantial than an appetizer? Consider the queso-slathered chimichangas stuffed with smoked chicken or pork shoulder adobada.

1520 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

9. E Bar Tex-Mex

1901 N Haskell Ave #120, Dallas, TX 75204

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

1901 N Haskell Ave #120
Dallas, TX 75204

10. Meso Maya Comida y Copas

1611 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202

With multiple locations scattered across DFW, Meso Maya is always a reliable queso destination. Melted Chihuahua and pepper jack cheeses are spiked with poblano chiles, nopales, and fresh corn. Gild the lily with a pile of smoky brisket for just $2 more.

1611 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75202

11. Pepe's & Mito's

2911 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

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

2911 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

12. Spiral Diner & Bakery

1101 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203

Okay, it isn’t technically queso because there’s no cheese involved, but the vegan “nacho cheese” dip at Spiral Diner is an excellent choice for vegans and non-vegans alike. Order it atop the restaurant’s nachos, or on its own with a side of chips. Pro-tip: ask for a scoop of the vegan sour cream on top for extra creaminess.

1101 N Beckley Ave
Dallas, TX 75203

13. Cheesesteak House

2015 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

Killer queso isn’t something one would expect to find in a cheesesteak shop, but Cheesesteak House isn’t the average cheesesteak shop. Here, add rich, spicy queso to a shaved steak sandwich, or poured atop a hefty pile of fries.

2015 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

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