Pepe & Mito's Mexican Cafe
Deep Ellum's most vibrant cantina-style restaurants is, not surprisingly, doling out some of the best Mexican fare around. But this is not Tex-Mex -- what's on your plate here is what they call "Mex-Tex," meaning this stuff's a lot more authentic then your usual taco haunt. The house specialties include steaming-hot fajita plates, ribeye steaks drizzled in homemade salsa, and breaded, fried catfish. But if you want to take the more... more-traveled, there is still a classic Tex-Mex combo menu.
A visit to this longtime Deep Ellum lunch hangout (they’re open for dinner, too, but lunchtime is the real draw) wouldn’t be complete without an order of homemade flour tortillas. There’s enough lard in them that they’re practically translucent, but that’s okay—chances are you’re not looking for health food when eating Tex-Mex (or Mex-Tex as they call it here). Those addictive flour tortillas go great with an order of spinach or beef queso with a little red salsa thrown on top for good measure. Enchiladas are a real star here, especially the ones topped with rich mole poblano sauce. But for our money, it will always be an order of Chicken Enchiladas topped with their lick-the-plate-worthy chipotle wine sauce.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.