Dallas' Ten Best Mexican Restaurants Dish Up South of the Border Deliciousness

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.



Mi Cocina-Highland Park Village
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This permanently buzzing cantina has been a Tex-Mex go-to spot for over two decades, not only for area locals, but for A-list celebrities as well. Angie Harmon, Conan O'Brien and even Kanye and Kim Kardashian have touched down here at one time...  Read More

El Ranchito
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It's kitschy, boisterous, and hands down, undeniably popular. So don't be surprised to find a line snaking out the door, especially on weekends. But it's not just the strolling mariachi bands, Elvis impersonators (Wednesday nights) and eclectic...  Read More

Pepe's & Mito's Mexican Cafe
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This colorful, rustic cantina is famous for its muy delicioso Mex-Tex classics, like tacos al pastor, fajitas and chicken mole enchiladas. But you'll be missing out if you don't try the cafe's specialty that had Guy Fieri slurping with delight--...  Read More

East Dallas
E Bar Tex-Mex
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Tucked away off the beaten path between East Dallas and Uptown, this cozy brick-lined cantina has locals cramming in at all hours– not only for the incredible drink specials on offer everyday (including $3 hand-crafted margaritas on Tuesdays...  Read More

Meso Maya Downtown
Photo courtesy of Joseph Haubert

From top-shelf margaritas to a cracking selection of Mexican fare–everything at this sprawling downtown cantina is blow-your-mind delicious. Sure, they've got terrific enchiladas and tacos here, but the interior Mexican specialties:think...  Read More

Javier's Gourmet Mexicano
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Ask anyone where to find good Mexican food in Dallas and they'll unquestionably point you to this Highland Park mainstay, a rustically-chic restaurant that's packed to the rafters almost every night. In fact, Javier's has been one of the city's...  Read More

Lalo's Fine Mexican Cuisine
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Lalo's may look unassuming from the outside, hidden within the depths of a non-descript strip mall on the Plano/Richardson border– but this sleek spot regularly ranks at the top of the heap among its legions of adoring fans. And it isn't hard...  Read More

Beto & Son
Photo courtesy of Joseph Haubert

Further cementing Trinity Groves' reputation as the city's premier foodie hub is Beto and Son, a colorful cantina boasting a high-end take on Mexican cuisine. Tacos, fajitas, quesadillas and stacked enchiladas all feature, alongside guacamole...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Trompo

They say you can't always judge a book by its cover, and this family-run taco joint is further proof of that. But don't take our word for it, take Bon Appétit's, which named Trompo one of 50 finalists on the 2016 America's best new restaurant...  Read More

Mesa Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Mesa Restaurant

For an off the beaten track Mexican restaurant, located along a sketchy shopping strip in Oak Cliff-- to attract the likes of Beyoncé, Jay Z and Conan O'Brien-- you have to figure that the place must be special. And it is-- not because it's...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene