1. Avila's4714 Maple Ave, Dallas
2. El Norte Mexican Grill2205 W Parker Rd, Plano
3. Manny's Uptown Tex-Mex Restaurant3521 Oak Grove Ave, Dallas
4. Desperados Mexican Restaurant4818 Greenville Ave, Dallas
5. Los Lupe’s1400 N Riverfront Blvd, Dallas
6. Herrera's3311 Sylvan Ave, Dallas
7. Anamia's3408 Preston Rd, Plano
8. Ojeda’s4617 Maple Ave, Dallas
9. Cyclone Anaya's3211 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas
10. Amigos940 E Belt Line, Richardson
Avila’s has been a Dallas staple for the past 25 years. The home-style dishes taste like they were made by the Mexican grandmother you never had. The salsa is on the spicy side, but you can always wash it down with one of their delicious house margaritas.
The turquoise blue building that houses El Norte resembles a Mexican pueblo that you journeyed from afar to reach, which is partly true. But after one bite you’ll understand why you have made the quest. Order the chicken enchilada verde with roasted chicken, topped with fresh homemade green chile tomatillo sauce, and drizzled with queso fresco.
Located in an old house on the corner of Lemmon and Oak Grove sits Manny’s Uptown. Manny’s is known for its fajitas, brisket tacos, and spicy pica-pica sauce, but mostly for its swirl margaritas. Be sure to have plenty of tacos in your belly before you attempt to drink more than one.
Since its opening in 1976, Desperados' Greenville Avenue location has offered up authentic Mexican cuisine and Tex-Mex dishes to the good people of Dallas. The original menu was cooked up by founder Jorge Levy and his mother in her kitchen, and Desperados continues to be a family-driven business to this day.
In 1972, Los Lupes opened its doors to its first Dallas location on N Riverfront. Today, there are multiple locations across Dallas, and they’ve been churning out delicious Tex-Mex to happy patrons for the last 40 years.
Herrera's is so good, it was even featured in National Geographic in the 1980s, yes, really. Why? Herrera’s made and still makes kick-ass Tex-Mex. The original location was housed in a 1930s adobe building and was BYOB, which resulted in lines wrapped around the door and some interesting stories. Today, they’ve moved across the street, and while there's no BYOB, they still serve up the same excellent food that put them on the map, literally.
This Plano location of Anamia's is sleek and offers an impressive bar and lounge area. The food is so good, you don’t want to forgo it -- but after a few top-shelf margaritas in the lounge you might forget why you originally came there: to eat. Resist the temptation to do that and order the sizzling fajitas, then cool them down with the fresh guacamole en molcajete, made right in front of you.
This family-owned and operated gem has been a go-to for savory Tex-Mex since 1969. Just ask some of its famous patrons, like Jack Nicholson, Bill Clinton, and more recently, Dr. Phil. Try the breakfast served all day and order the huevos rancheros, trust us.
Cyclone Anaya was a successful pro-wrestler in the 1950s, and after several championship titles, a marriage, and five kids, he decided to conquer something else: a Tex-Mex restaurant. Forty years later, they’ve been serving up homemade recipes to the masses in three different locations. Try the tacos al carbon and order the tequila flight.
This tucked-away neighborhood favorite is just like an "amigo": they're when you’re hungry, and they're there when you need a drink. Owned by brothers Frankie Jimenez, Augustin Jimenez, and brother-in-law Manuel Sanchez, they have never advertised, but the family-owned restaurant has grown successfully via word-of-mouth. With delicious hand-made tamales, mole, and margaritas, it’s easy to see why.