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 Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Of course, this wouldn't be a proper Mexican food bucket list without mentioning El Ranchito, a neighborhood gem that serves up the kind of dishes your abuela might make.

And we're just getting started, keep reading to find out where to find amazing mole, chiles rellenos, tacos and 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

Meso Maya Downtown
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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

Beto & Son
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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

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

Mi Dia From Scratch
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With locations in Grapevine, Flower Mound and Plano, this upscale eatery has established a loyal following for its vibrant, crowd-pleasing menu of Mexican, New Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. Dishes run the gamut from artisanal street tacos to New...  Read More

Revolver Taco Lounge
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This tiny Deep Ellum taqueria has a cult following, and for good reason. It boasts a menu created by chef Regino Rojas that is as inventive as it is delicious. Corn tortillas are made fresh to order and come stuffed with everything from braised...  Read More

South Dallas
The Cedars Social
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A recent resurrection led by one of the Dallas' most legendary restaurateurs has turned this cozy Southside neighborhood spot into one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in the city. And with terrific modern takes on Mexico City cuisine,...  Read More

Mesa Restaurant
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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 because the food is...  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