Considering Texas' historical and geographical connection to Mexico, it should come as no surprise that Dallas is absolutely brimming with terrific Mexican restaurants. But the city's South of the Border fare goes well beyond the usual Tex-Mex options.
At Mesa, a family-run joint in Oak Cliff–the specialty of the house is Veracruz-style cuisine, where you can find everything from lobster enchiladas to duck mole. There's also Trompo, a hole-in-the-wall taqueria that's taken the city by storm. Though it's not only the locals who are obsessed with the Monterrey-style street tacos here, the editors at Bon Appétit were impressed as well. So much so, they even named it among the top 50 new restaurants in the country.
In the mood for a platter of cabrito (goat) fajitas? Or how about some codorniz a la talla (charbroiled quail)? That's exactly what you're in for at Javier's, an upscale Highland Park eatery that has been wowing crowds with the flavors of Mexico City since 1977.
Speaking of Mayan cuisine, Nico Sanchez whips up a glorious Conchita pibil at Meso Maya. His menu also features regional Mexican dishes from Vera Cruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas.
Of course, this wouldn't be a proper Mexican food bucket list without mentioning El Ranchito, one of Dallas' most beloved Tex-Mex restaurants that serves up the kind of dishes your abuela might make.
And we're just getting started, keep reading to find out what other Mexican gems are awaiting your visit.