Dallas - Cotton Bowl
Coming to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl. Looking for some fun places that won't be too expensive. We don't plan on dressing up too much. How about Mexican? Is Uncle Julio's still good. My wife went to Cuba Libre a few years ago and liked it.
Go down Jefferson in Oak Cliff for Mexican. Two standouts are La Palapa Veracruzana and El Ranchito.
La Palapa Veracruzana is written up here in my post.
El Ranchito is probably the best version of Tex-Mex we have....they have more of a Mex tendancy to the menu but all the food I have had there has been wonderful.
I would skip all the trendy places in Uptown and Knox-Henderson for better quality and savings along Jefferson.
I live in North Oak Cliff and enjoy the food here, but I don't know if I would recommend a trek (it's about five miles, but either you need to get on the freeway which can be crammed or you need to go through a somewhat industrial area to get here) out here for an out-of-towner. Jefferson is an extremely colorful street. Personally, I love it, but I know a lot of my neighbors who would not be so apt to dine on this street. I don't believe El Ranchito takes reservations for parties less than six persons. It can get really crowded. Uptown and Know-Henderson are trendy, but they do have some really great places. I agree they are pricier.
I still love Mia's for their brisket tacos. Margaritas are not great. Breakfast...because I don't like greasy spoons, I like Breadwinner's in Uptown. You are super close. Breakfast is not too expensive and they have great sticky buns. If you are not from NYC, I too love Grimaldi's. It really does taste like a NY pie. They ship in the water. If you want a cheap, cheap snack. The Texaco on Inwood and 35, on the other side of the freeway from you, has a great tacqueria for cheap. They do both breakfast and regular tacos at any time of the day and they are always crowded. I also really do like the original Sonny Bryans on Inwood. They are only open for lunch, but I think their brisket sandwiches are great. In Texas, you can argue till you are blue in the face about best barbeque, so I know people will disagree with me. Sonny Bryan's is probably only a mile away from your hotel. Just don't go to the Waffle House.
Yes, Uncle Julio's is still pretty good. Alot of folks like Mi Cocina in HP Village as it is quite a scene. (nice bare upstairs). For Burgers/Wings/ Beer with a little attitude, you might try The Angry Dog in Deep Ellum. If you get in a Pizza mood, you might try Louies Bar on Henderson or Grimaldi's in Uptown. Both are really good IMO. Hope it helps. Let me know if there is a particular food you are looking for and I'll give more suggestions.
For delicious and cheap Mexican food (not Tex-Mex, though they do have Tex-Mex dishes), go to El Taquito Cafe on East Grand Avenue. It's located very near to Fair Park...just on the other side of I-30. It's a hole in the wall, but aren't those usually the best places? The hot sauce is the hottest I've ever had, and all of the food I've tried there has been delicious and cheap. Cash only, though. And no beer/liquor.
For a fun place with a great menu and decent drinks, I always go to Chuy's on McKinney Avenue at the corner of Knox. It's mine and my cousin's designated hangover cure spot. The stuffed sopapilla doesn't disappoint.