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A cast iron plate holds fajitas with chicken and beef plus vegetables. Above it are dishes with refried beans and rice and another with guacamole and pico de gallo.
Fajitas at Mena’s Tex-Mex Grill Cantina.
Mena’s Tex-Mex Grill Cantina

12 Essential Tex-Mex Restaurants in Dallas

Where to find the city’s best fajitas, enchiladas, queso, and more

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Fajitas at Mena’s Tex-Mex Grill Cantina.
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No matter the time of year, there’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of queso and a frosty frozen margarita. Tex-Mex is a Dallas tradition that dates back decades, where restaurants that have stood the test of time serving classic dishes alongside beloved newcomers.

Looking for the city’s finest fajitas, a cheesy enchilada plate, or some excellent crunchy tacos? Head to one of these essential Tex-Mex restaurants in Dallas.

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Mena’s Tex-Mex Grill Cantina

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With three locations in Carrollton, Richardson, and Flower Mound, Mena’s is a classic Tex-Mex staple in the ‘burbs. The margaritas are solid, especially when paired with ribeye fajitas or a brisket-stuffed chimichanga.

A cast iron plate holds fajitas with chicken and beef plus vegetables. Above it are dishes with refried beans and rice and another with guacamole and pico de gallo.
A plate of fajitas from Mena’s.
Mena’s Tex-Mex Grill Cantina

This Addison Tex-Mex favorite serves modern and classic dishes in a sleek setting. Start with the trio of salsas, but don’t fill up on chips before ordering a plate of crema queso enchiladas or pollo a la brasa served with cheddar-chipotle grits. 

A pair of street tacos in corn tortillas that are topped with tomatillo sauce are snuggled between rice and a slaw salad.
Tacos at Mesero.
Mesero

El Vecino Tex Mex

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Tex-Mex comes to Lake Highlands at this neighborhood spot owned by the McBride Family. Go for a family favorite plate for a combination of enchiladas and tacos in a wide variety of sauces and types of meat. The fajitas are also a great order.

A tray holds various enchiladas, from carne asada to sour cream to mole covered.
A Tex-Mex tray at El Vecino.
El Vecino Tex Mex

Mia's Tex-Mex Restaurant

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Open since 1981, this Oak Lawn eatery touts former presidents, Dallas Cowboys players, and celebrities among its biggest fans. It’s since moved to a new home on Lemmon Avenue, where the brisket enchiladas and chile rellenos are as perfect as they’ve always been. 

Joe Leo Fine Tex Mex

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For the Knox-Henderson set, this cute, modern Tex-Mex cafe is a nice stop for lunch or dinner — and is now serving breakfast tacos on the weekends. It also hosts regular “golden hour” tequila tastings with various brands and has introduced a happy hour with $5 house margaritas and beers. If you go for the drinks, pair it with the “just made” flour tortilla tacos with chicken tinga or a plate of nachos filled with perfect bites.

Avila's Mexican Restaurant

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This Maple Avenue staple has been slinging Tex-Mex eats for more than two decades and, in that time, has earned a devoted legion of fans. Brisket-stuffed chile rellenos, chicken mole, and combo plates like Anita’s Plate (soft taco, cheese enchilada, beef taco) await. 

E Bar Tex-Mex

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One of DFW’s favorite Tex-Mex destinations, E Bar boasts consistently enjoyable renditions of beloved dishes, ranging from breakfast options like huevos con chorizo to dinner plates loaded with tacos de carnitas, cheese enchiladas, and crispy flautas. 

Las Palmas Tex-Mex

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The spirit of Dallas and 21st-century Mexican food are what this Uptown restaurante celebrates. Taste it in the cheesy quesadillas and the Pizza Vaquero, which puts the Mexican pizza to shame. It’s happy hour here every day from 2 to 6 p.m., so order a martini served Mexican style (with tequila) and celebrate.

Pepe's & Mito's

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Crispy tacos, potent margaritas, and excellent fajitas are available at this Deep Ellum staple, which neighborhood regulars love. 

Joe T. Garcia's

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Classic Tex-Mex is what one of Fort Worth’s oldest restaurants built its name on. The limited menu offers chicken and beef fajitas, a family-style enchilada meal, and simple nachos. Scarf them all down in the restaurant’s gorgeous, fountain-filled courtyard and pretend you’re south of the border.

On a white plate with blue cursive text that reads, “Joe T. Garcia’s,” sit two cheese enchiladas topped with lettuce and a serving of refried beans and rice.
Classic cheese enchiladas with refried beans and rice at Joe T. Garcia’s.
Joe T. Garcia’s

El Palote Panaderia

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Vegans and carnivores will find plenty to love at this 100% vegan Mexican eatery. Enjoy tacos, tortas, burritos, tamales, and enchiladas, all of which feature veggie-based fillings that are definitely delicious. Grab a concha or other tasty pastry from the case on your way out. 

El Ranchito

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This Oak Cliff establishment focuses on Northern Mexican cuisine, with plenty of Tex-Mex influence. Find perfectly grilled fajitas on housemade tortillas, tacos stuffed with tender cabrito braised in salsa de tomate, and delicious tortas. 

Mena’s Tex-Mex Grill Cantina

A cast iron plate holds fajitas with chicken and beef plus vegetables. Above it are dishes with refried beans and rice and another with guacamole and pico de gallo.
A plate of fajitas from Mena’s.
Mena’s Tex-Mex Grill Cantina

With three locations in Carrollton, Richardson, and Flower Mound, Mena’s is a classic Tex-Mex staple in the ‘burbs. The margaritas are solid, especially when paired with ribeye fajitas or a brisket-stuffed chimichanga.

A cast iron plate holds fajitas with chicken and beef plus vegetables. Above it are dishes with refried beans and rice and another with guacamole and pico de gallo.
A plate of fajitas from Mena’s.
Mena’s Tex-Mex Grill Cantina

Mesero

A pair of street tacos in corn tortillas that are topped with tomatillo sauce are snuggled between rice and a slaw salad.
Tacos at Mesero.
Mesero

This Addison Tex-Mex favorite serves modern and classic dishes in a sleek setting. Start with the trio of salsas, but don’t fill up on chips before ordering a plate of crema queso enchiladas or pollo a la brasa served with cheddar-chipotle grits. 

A pair of street tacos in corn tortillas that are topped with tomatillo sauce are snuggled between rice and a slaw salad.
Tacos at Mesero.
Mesero

El Vecino Tex Mex

A tray holds various enchiladas, from carne asada to sour cream to mole covered.
A Tex-Mex tray at El Vecino.
El Vecino Tex Mex

Tex-Mex comes to Lake Highlands at this neighborhood spot owned by the McBride Family. Go for a family favorite plate for a combination of enchiladas and tacos in a wide variety of sauces and types of meat. The fajitas are also a great order.

A tray holds various enchiladas, from carne asada to sour cream to mole covered.
A Tex-Mex tray at El Vecino.
El Vecino Tex Mex

Mia's Tex-Mex Restaurant

Open since 1981, this Oak Lawn eatery touts former presidents, Dallas Cowboys players, and celebrities among its biggest fans. It’s since moved to a new home on Lemmon Avenue, where the brisket enchiladas and chile rellenos are as perfect as they’ve always been. 

Joe Leo Fine Tex Mex

For the Knox-Henderson set, this cute, modern Tex-Mex cafe is a nice stop for lunch or dinner — and is now serving breakfast tacos on the weekends. It also hosts regular “golden hour” tequila tastings with various brands and has introduced a happy hour with $5 house margaritas and beers. If you go for the drinks, pair it with the “just made” flour tortilla tacos with chicken tinga or a plate of nachos filled with perfect bites.

Avila's Mexican Restaurant

This Maple Avenue staple has been slinging Tex-Mex eats for more than two decades and, in that time, has earned a devoted legion of fans. Brisket-stuffed chile rellenos, chicken mole, and combo plates like Anita’s Plate (soft taco, cheese enchilada, beef taco) await. 

E Bar Tex-Mex

One of DFW’s favorite Tex-Mex destinations, E Bar boasts consistently enjoyable renditions of beloved dishes, ranging from breakfast options like huevos con chorizo to dinner plates loaded with tacos de carnitas, cheese enchiladas, and crispy flautas. 

Las Palmas Tex-Mex

The spirit of Dallas and 21st-century Mexican food are what this Uptown restaurante celebrates. Taste it in the cheesy quesadillas and the Pizza Vaquero, which puts the Mexican pizza to shame. It’s happy hour here every day from 2 to 6 p.m., so order a martini served Mexican style (with tequila) and celebrate.

Pepe's & Mito's

Crispy tacos, potent margaritas, and excellent fajitas are available at this Deep Ellum staple, which neighborhood regulars love. 

Joe T. Garcia's

On a white plate with blue cursive text that reads, “Joe T. Garcia’s,” sit two cheese enchiladas topped with lettuce and a serving of refried beans and rice.
Classic cheese enchiladas with refried beans and rice at Joe T. Garcia’s.
Joe T. Garcia’s

Classic Tex-Mex is what one of Fort Worth’s oldest restaurants built its name on. The limited menu offers chicken and beef fajitas, a family-style enchilada meal, and simple nachos. Scarf them all down in the restaurant’s gorgeous, fountain-filled courtyard and pretend you’re south of the border.

On a white plate with blue cursive text that reads, “Joe T. Garcia’s,” sit two cheese enchiladas topped with lettuce and a serving of refried beans and rice.
Classic cheese enchiladas with refried beans and rice at Joe T. Garcia’s.
Joe T. Garcia’s

El Palote Panaderia

Vegans and carnivores will find plenty to love at this 100% vegan Mexican eatery. Enjoy tacos, tortas, burritos, tamales, and enchiladas, all of which feature veggie-based fillings that are definitely delicious. Grab a concha or other tasty pastry from the case on your way out. 

El Ranchito

This Oak Cliff establishment focuses on Northern Mexican cuisine, with plenty of Tex-Mex influence. Find perfectly grilled fajitas on housemade tortillas, tacos stuffed with tender cabrito braised in salsa de tomate, and delicious tortas. 

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