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Aug 1, 2009 07:42 AM

Best Fajitas in DFW?

Let's hear it, where are your favorite Fajitas served, why are they great, are the tortillas special too and what kind(s) do you get, and how long have you been going there (to avoid the once-in-a-lifetime quirk of the place htting the mark only that one time you were there). Thanks in advance for your nominations.

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  1. Chicken at Pappasitos - fresh flour tortillas, moist chicken and the garlic butter - I know I will be chastized for this - but I think they are the best. Uncle Julios chicken a close second.

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    1. re: Jayzee

      At mi casa, but I cheat. I get the Orange Honey Habanero Fajita meat from CM, as well as their fresh Tortillas.

      Make the Guac myself, along with everything else.....

    2. Uncle Julios and Marianos are both good steak fajitas

      1. Gonzalez on Jefferson is pretty good. They use pretty good meat and they make their tortillas fresh. It's a leaven tortilla.

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        1. re: jindomommy

          Those tortillas are so thick and fluffy!!! All you need is a little butter and salt - mmmmm good! I've not had the fajitas but my husband has and says they're pretty good. I love the crispy tacos. Each taco shell is fried to order. Worth every calorie!!!

          1. re: motherwallace

            They are fluffy! We just went again. My husband polished off a huge margarita, the carne asada plate, and two tortillas. He immediately went into a carbohydrate induced coma ;-)

            1. re: jindomommy

              We love, EVERYTHING at Gonzalez Restaurant on Jefferson Avenue in Oak Cliff.
              Especially the thick handmade tortillas. My personal favorite: pork stew.

              1. re: twinwillow

                Your telling me you actually like that Salsa Calor (Hot Salsa)? It is heavy on the onions and just about the worst flavor combo I have had in a salsa.

                On the other hand the flour tortillas are great! I bet they doouble the amount of baking powder in the recipe. They look like they are pressed in a tortillas press but they are at least made in house.

                The Chorizo Mexicano plate is just about the best version I have had. The beans with a nice bacony flavor were a bit on the salty side but they didn't turn them into a bean slurry like most places do. There were actually whole beans left! The papas ala plancha (griddled potatoes) were excellent. Nicely brown and unsalted. Combined with the beans they were the exact amount of seasoning. The chorizo was actually the star of the plate. Chorizo nicely spice not overly spicy in the heat department , but almost greaseless, which is a rarity. After about one bowl of chips between my wife and I were managed to eat just one tortilla filled with chorizo, huevos, frijoles refritos, and papas. My wife orderd the beef fajitas half order and they were still excessive even for one person. As noted previously the fajitas had a nice grilled char and nice marinade flavor. Some of the best I have had recently outside of a small taqueria. For a local chain Gonzalez does many of the Tex-Mex dishes we have come to love with a bit more care.

                We got there before Mass let out (11:45 am on Sunday) we were in and out in roughly an hour as the crowd was building. We also managed to keep the bill under $20 for two before tip with two additional take home meals and we had water like always. It is hard not to like Gonzalez even if it is a haul from Lewisville.

                We rounded off the meal with a small mangonada for dessert at Paletas Frutitas ($1.35 + tax) just down the street.

                1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                  Agree on the Salsa Calor, LH. Definitely not my favorite.

                  Those flour tortillas are AWESOME.

                  1. re: txram

                    I didn't like the salsa at first, but then I found it addicting. The beans didn't have enough lard for my palate. When I make beans at home, I use a lethal amount of fat, but people love it.

        2. Chuy's has the best fajitas! I eat the beer, but the chicken are good too. The tortillas are made there and are fantastic. I have been going then for years. You need to order the creamy jalapeno ranch dressing to put on it. It is to die for! Pappasitos is my second favorite place for fajitas.

          1. I am a fan of Joe T Garcias. They make killer chicken fajitas...beef are so so. The chicken ones are just so tender, moist and juicy (unusual for chicken fajitas anywhere else) and have a very slight hint of sweet (sort of caramelized) which makes them taste incredible. Fantastic margaritas, great guacamole too...tortillas are ok.

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            1. re: nitlsu

              UGH!!! I don't get it. I've been here several times and have never had a good meal much less great. The setting is one of the best in the city. The patio is to die for but the food - not so much. The margaritas are fine and if you must eat go with the Enchilada dinner.

              1. re: nitlsu

                I agree!! Joe T.'s is a joke within the Hispanic community, poster child for OVERRATED. And we shake out heads in disbelief. Yelp has a bunch of negative comments. No menu, 2 items is all they sell, they charge for the fixin's for your fajitas, and cash only. My fajitas were flavorless and overcooked. I will NEVER understand their popularity or success.

                1. re: Funkdoobiest

                  I've concluded that there are a lot of people who like bad Tex-Mex.

                  I like Uncle Julio's chicken fajitas.

                  1. re: foiegras

                    Yeah been there too a few times, another overrated place for me. Weak drinks, so-so food, pricey. I think it all comes down to the atmosphere and people having a good time with their company. Like I always say, some people say liver and onions is great! Other people like myself think otherwise. So I never trust other opinions when it comes to food. Same for movies. That's one of my sayings, another is if you want good mexican food find a hole in the wall in the ghetto. I stay away from fancy neon-lit mexican restaurants, never a good experience.

                    1. re: Funkdoobiest

                      Although I've never been to Uncle Julio's, I agree with you in essence regarding your comment about food over glitz. However, that said, most "hole in the wall" Mexican joints usually just specialize in tacos or, exceptions along the lines of Seafood Shack. And this gringo cannot live on tacos or shrimp coctel alone. That's why I enjoy the "Mexican glitz" of Gonzalez in Oak Cliff.

                      And btw, I love liver & onions!

                      1. re: twinwillow

                        Not necessarily true, I never eat tacos or fajitas in a Mexican restaurant just because they're all the same. I gotta try the speciality dishes or something off the beaten path. My dad is friends with the son of a guy who owned a big restaurant mentioned in this thread already. He ran the a processing plant where they processed fajitas for a lot of restaurants. The plant used to be off Old Denton Rd and what is North Tarrant now. That's why they tasted the same everywhere you went. Try Los Molcajetes, great place, good prices, and lots of food. Oh and like I said great margaritas!!

                        1. re: Funkdoobiest

                          To each their own. However, I very rarely eat fajitas anyway.

                          I love Gonzalez Restaurant on Jefferson Avenue in Oak Cliff for my Mexican food load up. I like their Guisado De Puerco, Quesadillas, Mole' De Pollo, Queso & Onion Enchiladas, and Chile Rellano Poblano. All with their home made flour tortillas and special, Salsa Fresca.

                          If I want the best, authentic Veracruz Mexican, of course I go to Mesa. Also on Jefferson Ave.

                          1. re: twinwillow

                            Mmmm sounds like you know what to order instead if defaulting to the usual. I usually stay away from mole ONLY because it's one of those dishes that can vary greatly. Sometimes too sweet, sometimes good, sometimes just plain funky. Too many variations to take a gamble. I've only returned a plate once in my life and it was chicken mole enchiladas from my fav restaurant(Los Molcajetes). Everyone at my table tasted it and made a face. Just horrible.

                            1. re: Funkdoobiest

                              The Mole' at Mesa is the very best in Dallas. But, you'll never know that until you try it there.

                              1. re: twinwillow

                                I don't know that I agree that Mesa is the best mole. I do however think it's very good. Moles in general are very specialized and will greatly differ on your personal taste. I will say there is no Mole in DFW comes anywhere near the red iguana in Salt Lake City.

                                1. re: irodguy

                                  Well, I like many others think it's the best Mole' in Dallas. Besides, we're not in Salt Lake City

                                  1. re: irodguy

                                    what other moles in the Dallas area do you like? In particular, which are better than Mesa's version?

                                    1. re: irodguy

                                      Just as a comparison wouldn't it be just as close to go to the source Puebla or Oaxaca, MX for your moles here in Texas rather than go to Salt Lake City?

                                      Now I haven't been to Salt Lake City and I have been to Mesa and even a tour of Oaxaca. I will say that the quality of the mole at Mesa is on par with what you would find in Oaxaca granted it is slanted more in the style of a mole from Puebla but rather tasty nonetheless.

                                    2. re: twinwillow

                                      It's certainly the best I've ever had. And you couldn't be more correct with your second statement.

                            2. re: Funkdoobiest

                              And have you tried the chicken fajitas at Uncle Julio's?

                              1. re: foiegras

                                I've tasted them but I don't order overpriced fajitas just to get 5 strips and bland flavor. Just generally talking, not a direct stab at Uncle Julio's. La Palma had the best I've ever had in my life, totally different from anybody else's, nobody has even come close. Lots of unique flavor there, nothing like you have ever had. I guess that's where I hold my standard as it was my first experience with fajitas as a boy and grew up eating there. Once I got into high school I took my gf there and it had changed so much, nothing like it used to be. Never went back and it closed soon after. Gilbert was my dad's friend, closed up years ago and now owns a tortillas distribution co. You may have heard of him in the news, he was the one who ran into a baby in a stroller in Stockyards a few months ago while he was under the influence. Tried El Ranchito off Jefferson a couple times, not impressed at all. And we got the 3 meat fajita platter where they bring it over a flame. Plain as hell and not worth the money much less the drive. But my friend invited us. Atmosphere does nothing for me unless I'm just there to drink. The food has to be great.