The Very Best Tex-Mex In Dallas, Texas

©Atur Borowski/Flickr
©Atur Borowski/Flickr
Photo of Lauren Gruber
9 November 2016

A city with a large population of Mexican ancestry and immigrants, Dallas holds some of the most authentically-inspired Tex-Mex restaurants. Although, it’s hard to choose the best Tex-Mex in Dallas, we’ve found some of the most raved about and delicious restaurants in Dallas proper. Read ahead for our guide.


Avila’s has been ranked high on many publications’ top Tex-Mex lists. After 25 years, it still proves to be a go-to spot for its mix of authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines and some of the best mole sauce in the city. While here, enjoy their housemade margaritas and the refreshing cataloupe agua fresca with the brisket tacos and tamoles topped with spicy salsa or mouth-watering queso. The small and casual joint also offers an amazing bread pudding for dessert.

Avila’s, 4714 Maple Ave Dallas, TX 75219 215-520-2700

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Pepe's & Mito's Mexican Cafe

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Pepe’s & Mito’s is famous for their fresh tortillas, chile rellenos and cheesy, perfectly spiced Tex-Mex dishes in Deep Ellum. Their chipotle wine sauce is a heavenly addition to dishes like the chipotle shrimp, but don’t forget to sample the Norteno tacos that were featured on the Food Network. Weekends are perfect for their Tex-Mex brunches like migas and the huevos rancheros, and at any time, their margaritas make for the perfect buzz.

Desperados Mexican Restaurant

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Desperados Mexican Restaurant, Dallas
Desperados Mexican Restaurant, Dallas | ©Atur Borowski/Flickr
Desperados Mexican Restaurant is another taco favorite in Dallas. The family operated business has been running since 1976 and includes some delicious Tex-Mex staples, but their award-winning margaritas and salsa are favorites for locals. Order items from their house guacamole to the large cheese enchillada. Even the local sports teams use them as caterers.

Mia's Tex-Mex Restaurant

Restaurant, Mexican, Vegetarian, $$$
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Mia's Tex-Mex, Dallas
Mia's Tex-Mex, Dallas | ©Jen R/Flickr
Mia’s Tex-Mex is a staple of Dallas. Always crowded, Mia’s focuses on family tradition and authentic dishes. Must-trys are the passed-down-from-Mama brisket tacos that make it one of many reasons why it is a local’s favorite. Margaritas come highly recommended; they’re made strong but not too sweet. Also enjoy the perfectly blended sauces, chimichangas and housemade rellenos.

Meso Maya

Meso Maya enchants with its bold, unique and earthy tones of the authentic Mexican interior. Their menu features some raved-about dishes, and popular items include the tender brisket enchiladas, pollo budin azteca or anything with pork. Be sure to try their avocado margarita with freshly squeezed pineapple and limee juices that goes down smooth. Their upscale decor and outdoor patio are charming with romantic stringed lights and a wrap-around veranda above.

Meso Maya, 1611 McKinney Ave Dallas, TX 75202 214-484-6555

E Bar Tex-Mex

Bar, Restaurant, American, Beer, Wine, Mexican, Vegetarian, $$$
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E Bar establishes itself as a popular Dallas favorite with its delicious and festive menu. Popular items include the migas, Jorge’s tacos, and the elotes corn. The restaurant is budget-friendly, with terrific service and an all encompassing list of items. E Bar is also great for drink specials with special deals every day of the week.

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