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Aug 17, 2006 03:26 AM

First Post: Best Chile Con Queso in Northern Dallas?

I love good chile con queso - not too spicy, not too cheesy, not too thick or watered down, and no huge chunks of meat (if any).

What restaurant in Dallas (north side/north suburbs, preferably) has the best "classic" chile con queso (i.e. not the varieties with every ingredient in the kitchen)?

I really enjoy the chile con queso from Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy, but I'm curious to know what other restaurants top others' lists.

In particular, I'm searching for a restaurant with chile con queso that can finally beat Guadalajara's in Houston. After years of searching in Dallas and Austin, I still think they have the best.

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  1. If you are interested in a dip of sorts, the Bob Armstrong at Matt's rancho is interesting.

    If you want pure queso dip, the Sunset Sauce at Manny's/Mi Cocina is hard to beat, IMO.

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    1. re: MarcusB

      I completely dug the Bob Armstrong dip when I lived in Austin 12 years ago. Now I'm in NY. Can you remind me roughly what's in it, as I was thinking of trying to make an approximation while watching a certain football game next weekend?

      1. re: Poindexter

        If I am not mistaken, the Bob Armstrong dip (aka Heart Attack in a Bowl) is the following:

        Chile con queso dip
        Picadillo (aka taco meat)
        Sour cream
        Salsa (tomato based)

        The times I have eaten it, it is served by the restaurant with all of the non-chile ingredients layered on top of the chile con queso. You then mix it up yourself and scoop with tortilla chips.

    2. I know it's a chain, but Don Pablos has really good white queso (no meat).


      1. The best one I've had recently is at Los Lupes, located at Josey and 190 ... Carrollton, technically.

        1. Try Agave Azul in Carrollton. They also have a version with Chorizo that isn't too spicy and sooo good.

          As a plus, they also have the best Margarita's in town. No contest.

          1. I eat queso just about anywhere I can get it and my top three, in order are, El Norte in Plano, Down Under in Frisco, and Doug and Brewski's in Plano. Only one of these places is a tex-mex joint but I swear the other two have kick-butt queso!

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            1. re: Raynickben

              I tried some El Norte queso about a week ago. Superb. Perfect consistency, right amount of peppers, not too spicy, etc. Tied for first in my best queso ever rankings.

              1. re: smithclay

                What's the other #1, tied with El Norte?

                1. re: Kirk

                  i missed this conversation earlier, and wanted to second kirk's opinion of texadelphia. i can't imagine recommending it for anything

                  1. re: Kirk

                    My other #1 (not in the Dallas area, though) is Guadalajara's in Houston.