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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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Mexican Sugar

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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.

The combination of queso blanco, Cotija, and pickled fresno chiles at Lada is true perfection. Especially when paired with a margarita and freshly fried tortilla chips.

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, 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.

Torchy's Tacos

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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.

Velvet Taco

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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.

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 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. The restaurant recently moved down the street to a new location.

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 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.

Desert Racer

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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.

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, which only enhances the gooey perfection of this classic dip.

Meso Maya Comida y Copas

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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.

Pepe's & Mito's

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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.

Spiral Diner & Bakery

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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.

Cheesesteak House

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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.

Mexican Sugar

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.

LADA

The combination of queso blanco, Cotija, and pickled fresno chiles at Lada is true perfection. Especially when paired with a margarita and freshly fried tortilla chips.

Gabriela & Sofia’s Tex-Mex

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.

Torchy's Tacos

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.

Velvet Taco

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.

Mia's Tex-Mex Restaurant

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. The restaurant recently moved down the street to a new location.

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 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.

Desert Racer

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.

E Bar Tex-Mex

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.

Meso Maya Comida y Copas

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.

Pepe's & Mito's

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.

Spiral Diner & Bakery

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.

Cheesesteak House

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.

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