10 Best Tex-Mex Restaurants in Dallas: From Margaritas to Fajitas

Denise Brandenberg

By , Local Expert, Dallas
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To say that Texans love their Tex-Mex is an understatement. This regional staple is simply a part of Texan culture and life, which makes Dallas visitors very lucky! What many people do not know is that Tex-Mex is distinctly different than Mexican cuisine. In Tex-Mex, meat and starches (such as tortillas) are king, and while you'll find menu items of the same names - tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas - Tex-Mex has different ingredients than traditional Mexican food. For example, Tex-Mex tacos are comprised of hard shell corn tortillas or soft flour tortillas, seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes and cheddar cheese, while...  Read more »

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    Mariano's Hacienda

    • Cuisine: American, Tex-Mex
    • Average Main Course Price: $15
    • Neighborhood: Lake Highlands

    Mariano's Hacienda features the best (and first!) frozen margarita and beef fajitas in Dallas.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the steak fajitas."

  • 2

    Pepe's & Mito's Mexican Cafe

    Pepe and Mito's Mexican Cafe has the best homemade tortillas in Dallas.

    Local Expert Tip: "If the weather permits, grab a seat on the fun patio."

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    Manny's Uptown Tex-Mex Restaurant

    Manny's Uptown Tex-Mex Restaurant has a great Uptown location, a fun atmosphere and delicious Tex-Mex cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the mango margarita!"

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    Luna de Noche Gourmet Grill

    • Cuisine: American, Tex-Mex
    • Average Main Course Price: $18
    • Neighborhood: Victory Park

    Luna de Noche Gourmet Grill elevates Tex-Mex to fine gourmet cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Start off your meal with tableside-made guacamole."

  • 5

    Ojeda's Mexican Restaurant

    Ojeda's Mexican Restaurant has the best refried beans in Dallas - definitely worth the trip!

    Local Expert Tip: "Go early during lunch - Ojeda's gets packed on the weekdays."

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    Herrera's Cafe

    Herrera's Cafe is the place to go when craving a huge plate of Tex-Mex cheese enchiladas.

    Local Expert Tip: "Herrera's is closed on Mondays!"

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    Primo's Bar & Grille

    Primo's is one of Dallas' trendiest Tex-Mex restaurants - perfect to see and be seen.

    Local Expert Tip: "Outdoor patio, upscale decor complement tasty Tex-Mex; beer and margarita specials."


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    Matt's Rancho Martinez Mexican Restaurant

    Matt's Rancho Martinez Mexican Restaurant is known for its delicious Bob Armstrong dip - a trip there is not complete without it!

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the spinach and mushroom enchiladas with sour cream sauce."

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    Mia's Tex-Mex

    Mia's Tex-Mex has some of the best brisket tacos in Dallas - a specialty in this neck of the woods.

    Local Expert Tip: "Family-run Tex-Mexer consistently delivers tasty, affordable grub; festive setting."

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    Mi Cocina

    Mi Cocina is one of Dallas' favorite Tex Mex restaurants - don't miss the Mambo Taxi.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the delicious brisket tacos!"


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