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Good places around DFW airport

We are new to Dallas, living in Irving. I am having 10 people come from out of state for my husband's 30th birthday. Any suggestions for either BBQ or Mexican that would be fun, inexpensive and good for a large group?

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  1. Even though it's a chain, you might try Red, Hot, and Blue for BBQ.

    For Mexican, I like Las Lomas on O'Conner near 183.

    Los Lupes is not quite as good food-wise, but the atmosphere is more lively. http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?...

    Here are some additional Irving recommendations from another thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/42471...

    1. Abuelo's on 183W is excellent..really good margaritas...You might also venture out to Southlake to Town Square. There's a Mi Cocina there, neat shopping - and across the street is the best grocery store ever - Central Market..Frankly, I'm an NC barbecue girl so I can't offer BBQ suggestions here..

      1. I wouldn't call Via Real inexpensive but it is very good mex-mex and their margaritas are great.

        1. Esparza's is the easy answer for good Mexican in Grapevine. Honestly, though, the only good BBQ joints around here are all chains...

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          1. re: ChristieP

            Railhead Grapevine has been closed for quite some time.
            There is not much to offer in the DFW airport area in the way of good BBQ, just a couple of chain places that do OK but who want just OK BBQ.

          2. Are you all crazy? The absolute best barbecue in Dallas/Fort Worth is quite close to the airport. Railhead barbecue has fabulous ribs. I always get the rib sandwich which is usually 4 or 5 ribs and bread. The good thing is that they have wonderful french fries and you do not have to eat beans and slaw. (As you may have guessed, I am not a fan of commecial beans and slaw.) They also have the coldest beer in town. Railhead is right at Glade Road and Hwy 121 (going south to Fort Worth). BUT you have to take the Hall-Johnson exit off 121.

            Esparaza's in Grapevine is best for its margaritas. The food is nothing special. If you have to have Mexican food near the airport, go to Hacienda Ranch, which is next door to the Railhead. It is a local chain but fairly decent food.

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            1. re: sallen

              Thanks for the suggestions!!! Its hard being new the area.

              1. re: sallen

                The Glade Rd. Railhead location closed in December of last year...