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dfwdean Aug 1, 2009 07:42 AM

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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    nomnomTX85 Nov 19, 2013 11:07 AM

    Mi Dia from Scratch in Grapevine makes my favorite steak fajitas. Great restaurant overall.

    1. horseshoe Oct 4, 2013 11:55 AM

      The Uncle Julios in Grapevine wasn't very good the last time I went. I still think the pork adobo fajitas at Mercado Jaurez are still the best.

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        foiegras Oct 4, 2013 12:04 PM

        The whole point of chains is consistency, but they don't always deliver. The Mexican Inn is one of my favorite chainlets for selected items (not including the fajitas!), but there are distinct differences from location to location, and I mean the ones that go way back. Haven't even tried any of the suburban expansion locations I don't think ...

      2. Veggo Oct 3, 2013 08:17 PM

        Fajitas and flour tortilla tacos can be similar. This is a plug for the brisket tacos at the Blue Goose Cantina.

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          Funkdoobiest Oct 3, 2013 02:03 PM

          Los Molcajetes off western center and beach is one of my all time favorite restaurants to eat at, I've been going there regularly for the past 10 yrs. You know when you're at a good mexican restaurant when you see Hispanics eating there too. Fajitas are pretty good, hot sauce is great although you should ask for their green sauce to add to make it hot. But the main reason you should be going there is for their STRONG Top Shelf frozen Margaritas. It comes loaded with tequila floating on top in a big schooner glass, not those small ones you see everywhere else that cost $11 with no hint of alcohol. Plus it's only $7.95. I can only do 2 and I'm done. 2-1/2 and my head was spinning in bed. Great portions, lots of food. Hate greedy restaurants. Another great restaurant is Los Amigos in Grapevine off NW Highway. Exactly the same as La Familia, but muuuch cheaper. They bought it from Al years ago.

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            burntcremebrulee Oct 6, 2013 01:21 PM

            I LOVE Los Molcajetes!!! I love their fajita enchiladas.

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              Funkdoobiest Oct 6, 2013 03:24 PM

              Went to Fogatas last night down the st from Molcajetes on western center next to auto zone. Good strong frozen margaritas, good carne guisada. Used a groupon voucher. Nice atmosphere, not that packed, band playing on their stage. I would go back for happy hour and to try something different.

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            luniz Aug 21, 2009 08:56 AM

            mollejas at El Ranchito. Everything else is too boring.

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              txram Aug 21, 2009 11:26 AM

              Still need to try these...

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                Funkdoobiest Oct 3, 2013 01:48 PM

                Just another overrated, overpriced place like Joe T.'s, although not nearly as bad. Been there twice, my gf who was born in Mexico wasn't impressed at all after bugging me to take her. Still looking for fajitas like La Palma's back in the day on N. Main. Tired of the plain generic fajitas everywhere. People pay a premium for that?? Believe it or not, Rosa's has some killer fajitas!! Best flavor. They're just stingy on the portions.

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                ihateburbs Aug 20, 2009 08:02 PM

                Easy - For Beef, Uncle Julio's. Why? Because they are the only place in town that cooks their beef fajitas medium-rare. Every single other place I've had them cooks them medium-well to well-done.

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                  txram Aug 21, 2009 12:36 PM

                  Exactly right.

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                  J.R. Aug 4, 2009 11:44 AM

                  I'd say:
                  Blue Goose
                  Uncle Julio's
                  Pappasito's

                  Now, I must qualify. We are speaking of Fajita's only. Many of these joints have things I can't stand such as chips and salsa at Julios, and Pappsito's, but the fajitas a dang good. As far Joe T's is concerned. That place just may be the most overrated place in all of these here parts. Terrible, just terrible.

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                    txram Aug 3, 2009 11:37 AM

                    Not to sound like an uber-food snob, but I agree with Jeffrey Steingarten - among others - who believe that beef is the only way to go when it comes to fajitas. I've had my fair share of chicken and shrimp fajitas, but when I think of really good fajitas, I think beef.

                    Having said that, I think Uncle Julio's does a really good job with their beef fajitas. For at home grilling, I have to go with the ones from the meat counter at La Michoacana.

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                      jindomommy Aug 4, 2009 09:15 AM

                      Ugh...that guy is such a tool. But yeah...I think the measure of whether a restaurant has good fajitas boils down to what they can do with the beef.

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                        txram Aug 4, 2009 01:52 PM

                        I agree, but he can be somewhat entertaining sometimes...So cocky and arrogant it's just laughable.

                    2. horseshoe Aug 2, 2009 04:10 PM

                      Mercado Jaurez, used to make or mabe they still do, Pork adobo fajitas cooked over the mesquite. Those are good.

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                        irodguy Aug 2, 2009 05:24 PM

                        Yes they still are quite good. You better like spicy.

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                        nitlsu Aug 2, 2009 09:15 AM

                        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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                          motherwallace Aug 2, 2009 06:21 PM

                          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.

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                            Funkdoobiest Oct 3, 2013 01:54 PM

                            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.

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                              foiegras Oct 3, 2013 02:00 PM

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

                              I like Uncle Julio's chicken fajitas.

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                                Funkdoobiest Oct 3, 2013 07:18 PM

                                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.

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                                  twinwillow Oct 3, 2013 08:12 PM

                                  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!

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                                    Funkdoobiest Oct 3, 2013 08:48 PM

                                    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!!

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                                      twinwillow Oct 4, 2013 12:17 PM

                                      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.

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                                        Funkdoobiest Oct 4, 2013 12:40 PM

                                        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.

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                                          twinwillow Oct 4, 2013 02:18 PM

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

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                                            irodguy Oct 4, 2013 03:26 PM

                                            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.

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                                              twinwillow Oct 4, 2013 03:53 PM

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

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                                                gavlist Oct 4, 2013 04:09 PM

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

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                                                  LewisvilleHounder Oct 7, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                  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.

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                                                  foiegras Oct 4, 2013 07:26 PM

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

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                                          foiegras Oct 4, 2013 12:04 PM

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

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                                            Funkdoobiest Oct 4, 2013 12:34 PM

                                            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.

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                                    saybee28 Aug 1, 2009 10:29 PM

                                    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.

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                                      jindomommy Aug 1, 2009 10:02 PM

                                      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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                                        motherwallace Aug 2, 2009 06:23 PM

                                        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!!!

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                                          jindomommy Aug 2, 2009 07:39 PM

                                          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 ;-)

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                                            twinwillow Aug 3, 2009 05:32 PM

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

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                                              LewisvilleHounder Aug 4, 2009 11:19 AM

                                              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.

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                                                txram Aug 4, 2009 01:53 PM

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

                                                Those flour tortillas are AWESOME.

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                                                  jindomommy Aug 4, 2009 05:47 PM

                                                  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.

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                                        fixer Aug 1, 2009 03:47 PM

                                        Uncle Julios and Marianos are both good steak fajitas

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                                          Jayzee Aug 1, 2009 03:17 PM

                                          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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                                            masnole Nov 19, 2013 07:03 PM

                                            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.....

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