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13 Essential Tex-Mex Restaurants in Dallas

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

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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, with 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 12 essential Tex-Mex restaurants in Dallas.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mena's

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2810 E Trinity Mills Rd #197
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 478-5750
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With three DFW locations in Carrollton, Richardson, and Flower Mound, Mena’s is a classic Tex-Mex staple inthe ‘burbs. The margaritas are solid, especially when paired with chipotle fajitas or a brisket-stuffed chimichanga.

2. Mesero

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5505 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 788-8180
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This Addison Tex-Mex favorite serves both 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 cremaqueso enchiladas or pollo a la brasa served with cheddar-chipotle grits.

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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This North Dallas Tex-Mex favorite boasts an extensive menu and seriously good salsa. Order enchiladas or tacos, and pair with a potent mango margarita.

4. Tupinamba Cafe

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9665 N Central Expy #142
Dallas, TX 75231
(972) 991-8148
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This longstanding DFW Tex-Mex restaurant is best known for its “Tupy tacos,” or corn tortillas that are stuffed with beef and then deep-fried. Standards like enchiladas are also a solid bet, as is the sangria-swirled margarita.

5. Rafa's Cafe Mexicano

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5617 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 357-2080
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Rafa’s has been open since 1994, and its owner has been a Tex-Mex staple in our city since the 1970s. Keep it light with red snapper enchiladas, or dig into a hearty plate of pork chop milanesa.

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6. Mia's Tex-Mex Restaurant

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4334 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 526-1020
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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, but the brisket tacos and chile rellenos as perfect as they’ve always been.

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7. Avila's Mexican Restaurant

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4714 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-2700
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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 the Anna (soft taco, cheese enchilada, beef taco) await.

8. E Bar Tex-Mex

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1901 N Haskell Ave #120
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 824-3227
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One of DFW’s favorite Tex-Mex destinations, E Bar boasts consistently solid renditions of beloved dishes, ranging from breakfast options like huevos con chorizo to dinner plates loaded down with tacos de carnitas, cheese enchiladas, and crispy flautas.

9. Pepe's & Mito's

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2911 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-1901
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Crispy tacos, potent margaritas, and excellent fajitas are on offer at this Deep Ellum staple that’s beloved by neighborhood regulars.

10. Herrera's Cafe

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3311 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75212
(214) 954-7180
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The sour cream chicken enchiladas at Herrera’s have a cult-like following in Dallas, as does the restaurant’s highly-addictive salsa. And of course there’s the tiny, shockingly delicious cup of bean soup that comes with most meals.

11. El Palote Panaderia

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2537 S Buckner Blvd
Dallas, TX 75227
(972) 807-2673
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Vegans and carnivores alike will find plenty to love at this 100% vegan Mexican eatery. Enjoy tacos, tortas, burritos, and enchiladas, all of which are arguably healthy thanks to their veggie-based fillings and definitely delicious. Grab a concha or other tasty pastry from the case on your way out.

12. Gonzalez Restaurant

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367 W Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 946-5333
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A neighborhood favorite in Oak Cliff, the menu at Gonzalez ranges from fajita-topped nachos to pork chop ranchero and cabrito guisada. Pair any of the above with a sangria margarita for a filling meal that won’t disappoint.

13. El Ranchito

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610 W Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 946-4238
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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 solid tortas.

1. Mena's

2810 E Trinity Mills Rd #197, Carrollton, TX 75006

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

2810 E Trinity Mills Rd #197
Carrollton, TX 75006

2. Mesero

5505 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254

This Addison Tex-Mex favorite serves both 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 cremaqueso enchiladas or pollo a la brasa served with cheddar-chipotle grits.

5505 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254

3. Gabriela & Sofia’s Tex-Mex

10455 N Central Expy #117, Dallas, TX 75231

This North Dallas Tex-Mex favorite boasts an extensive menu and seriously good salsa. Order enchiladas or tacos, and pair with a potent mango margarita.

10455 N Central Expy #117
Dallas, TX 75231

4. Tupinamba Cafe

9665 N Central Expy #142, Dallas, TX 75231

This longstanding DFW Tex-Mex restaurant is best known for its “Tupy tacos,” or corn tortillas that are stuffed with beef and then deep-fried. Standards like enchiladas are also a solid bet, as is the sangria-swirled margarita.

9665 N Central Expy #142
Dallas, TX 75231

5. Rafa's Cafe Mexicano

5617 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209
Rafa's Cafe Mexicano

Rafa’s has been open since 1994, and its owner has been a Tex-Mex staple in our city since the 1970s. Keep it light with red snapper enchiladas, or dig into a hearty plate of pork chop milanesa.

5617 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209

6. Mia's Tex-Mex Restaurant

4334 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Mia’s/Facebook

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, but the brisket tacos and chile rellenos as perfect as they’ve always been.

4334 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

7. Avila's Mexican Restaurant

4714 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

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 the Anna (soft taco, cheese enchilada, beef taco) await.

4714 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

8. E Bar Tex-Mex

1901 N Haskell Ave #120, Dallas, TX 75226

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

1901 N Haskell Ave #120
Dallas, TX 75226

9. Pepe's & Mito's

2911 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

Crispy tacos, potent margaritas, and excellent fajitas are on offer at this Deep Ellum staple that’s beloved by neighborhood regulars.

2911 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

10. Herrera's Cafe

3311 Sylvan Ave, Dallas, TX 75212

The sour cream chicken enchiladas at Herrera’s have a cult-like following in Dallas, as does the restaurant’s highly-addictive salsa. And of course there’s the tiny, shockingly delicious cup of bean soup that comes with most meals.

3311 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75212

11. El Palote Panaderia

2537 S Buckner Blvd, Dallas, TX 75227

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

2537 S Buckner Blvd
Dallas, TX 75227

12. Gonzalez Restaurant

367 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208

A neighborhood favorite in Oak Cliff, the menu at Gonzalez ranges from fajita-topped nachos to pork chop ranchero and cabrito guisada. Pair any of the above with a sangria margarita for a filling meal that won’t disappoint.

367 W Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208

13. El Ranchito

610 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208

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 solid tortas.

610 W Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208

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