Perhaps nothing exemplifies Texas comfort food more than Tex-Mex, a delicious fusion of Anglo and Mexican-Indian fare that was created in the late 1800s by Mexican immigrants from northern Mexico. And though the cuisine may have evolved over the years, the quintessential staples: chili, nachos, enchiladas and fajitas are typically what defines a true Tex-Mex menu.
Of course, you can't have Mexican or Tex-Mex food without a margarita, specifically the frozen variety– which, by the way was invented in Dallas back in 1974. And one of the best places to find them is at E Bar Tex-Mex, especially on Tuesdays when they're offered up all day for only $3 a pop. But terrific tipples are not the only reason to come here, this lively joint turns out phenomenal food too– the brisket tacos are killer.
You'll also find exotic margaritas as well as excellent Tex-Mex, Mexican and Salvadoran fare at Gloria's Latin Cuisine, a family-owned mini-chain that has twelve locations in the DFW area.
Or if you're after something a little more upscale, head to Meso Maya, a bustling cantina with locations in North Dallas and Downtown. This restaurant elevates Tex-Mex and Mexican fare to an entirely new level with items like adobo marinated brisket tacos and short rib chile rellenos.
And it's not easy to stand out in a city saturated with terrific Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants, though Mia's Tex-Mex has defied the odds by delivering consistently delicious from-scratch cooking for over three decades. The place is so popular that even A-list celebrities make a bee-line here when they come into town.
Getting hungry yet? Then be sure to check out our entire list of Dallas' top ten Tex-Mex spots. Your taste buds will thank you for it.