Spice Things Up At Dallas' Top Tex-Mex Joints

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.


Digg's Taco Shop
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This laid-back taqueria, located just across the street from SMU, cranks out tacos filled with everything from slow cooked barbecue brisket to grilled mahi mahi and fried habanero shrimp. But the menu doesn't stop with tacos, Digg's also turns...  Read More

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

Bandito's Tex-Mex Cantina
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Tasty Tex-Mex delights, rock solid margaritas and fantastic happy hours keep this cheery cantina perpetually busy with everyone from families to students during most all hours of the day. As a consequence, you can almost always expect a wait to...  Read More

Gloria's Latin Cuisine
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There's certainly plenty of variety on offer at this colorful restaurant and bar where you'll find everything from authentic Salvadoran fare to Mexican and Tex-Mex specialties. It's part of a successful, family-owned mini-chain (fifteen in...  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

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

Meso Maya
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This bustling cantina, spanning out over a cavernous two room space, dishes up modern takes on interior Mexican classics like cochinita pibil, a traditional slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Península that dates back to Mayan times....  Read More

Mia's Tex-Mex
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It may look like little more than a hole-in-a-wall, but don't let that fool you— Mia's is one of the most authentic and busiest Tex-Mex joints in the city. And as such, you'll be hard pressed to land a table during mealtimes—when they dish out...  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


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