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Aug 14, 2011 01:49 PM

Tx / Mex in Big D

Can you tell me who has the best Tx / Mex in Dallas? I have been going to Mi Cocina for a while now and want to try something different. I am a just a little tired of it. Suggestions?


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    1. Yeah it's been covered here before but to give you my favorites anyway. For Tex-Mex try San Miguel Grill up in McKinney, the ambiance reminds me of some of the family run restaurants I remember when I was growing up in West Texas and has some really good food plus great service. I always try to stop there if I am in that area anywhere near lunch time.

      For more upscale Mexican, check out Cafe San Miguel on Henderson, the stuffed and battered Chili Poblano is, well to use an over used phrase but certainly fits here, to die for!

      Although it has been awhile since I had an opportunity eat there, I have had several wonderful meals at Nuevo Leon Mex-Mex restaurant in Farmers Branch, really great and I think probably one of the best in the Dallas area.

      And now for a couple of places that I am not fond of, but understand that this is purely subjective on my part. I live in Plano and there are a lot of people here who seem to think Apricios is the real deal but I have never had a good meal there personally, I would rather go to Mexigo which is not all that great but I end up there it seems more often than I care to think about simply due to the fact it is near my home. I would avoid Ojedas at all cost, at least the one here in Plano, quite frankly I cannot understand how they stay in business.

      I am sure there are some people here who will direct you down to places in Oak Cliff, I drive down there in my job all the time but never seem to find the time to stop and eat while in that area but I am sure from past threads on this forum that some of the best Mexican in DFW can be found in that part of town.

      Hope this helps.


      San Miguel Grill
      506 W University Dr, McKinney, TX 75069

      Cafe San Miguel
      1907 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

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      1. re: RobbnTX

        Thank you. I just joined this site today and I am sure this question has been asked a million times.
        I have lived in Dallas for a while and I am going to make an effort to try some new places. I will definitely be heading to San Miguel next time I eat Mexican food. I got your post tonight and wish I had had it earlier. I ate at Taco Diner tonight and I can honestly say I am done with poor service and cold food. I think some of these restaurants in Dallas become such institutions that they lose site of their food. Anyway, thanks for the post.

      2. We love Gonzalez Restaurant on West Jefferson Avenue in Oak Cliff and, Casa Milagro on East Campbell Road at Plano Road in Richardson. Miles apart in both distance and style but both are excellent examples of "Tex-Mex" dining. The emphasis is more on Mexican than Texan at Gonzalez. However, still big on Tex-Mex, I'd recommend looking at the "specialties" side of the menu. Their guisado de puerco (pork stew) is my favorite.

        Casa Milagro
        1403 E Campbell Rd Ste 110, Richardson, TX 75081

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        1. re: twinwillow

          +1 for Gonzales. Ask for the salsa fresca with your chips. Also on Jefferson is Mesa (dinner only for now) and La Hechizeria (tortas and huaraches). Nearby, in the Bishop Arts area, is Vera Cruz.

          Cafe San Miguel is more Mex-Mex than Tex-Mex, but is really good no matter how you characterize it.

          Cafe San Miguel
          1907 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

          1. re: Dallas Alice

            Dallas Alice is 100% correct about having to ASK for the SALSA FRESCA at Gonzalez. otherwise the stuff they give you with the chips is from a jar. Ask for the salsa fresca when you are seated. Also be sure to have their home made flour tortillas!

            I didn't mention Mesa in my comments because although the food is fantastic, it's about as far from "Tex-Mex" as you can get.

            Also on Jefferson is El Ranchito. With (arguably) The best cabrito in Dallas.

            El Ranchito
            610 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208

        2. I'm fairly new on the Dallas board and I'm not sure where to draw the line between Tex-Mex and Mexican. Two resto's mentioned above, Mesa and Nuevo Leon, are distinctly Mexican, as is La Coquita, Agave Azul, and Calle Doce. All are very good.
          The Blue Goose Cantina is good Tex-Mex, in particular their tortilla soup and brisket tacos, although their 'ritas that they claim to be Dallas' best (don't they all?) pretty much suck. Best 'ritas I have found are at Agave Azul. Just my 2 pesos.

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          1. re: Veggo

            By the way, add Tipico's to your to-dine list if it isn't yet! There's two of them: Belt Line in Carrollton as well as on NW highway.

            3118 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75220

            1. re: air

              Thanks, air, I went a month ago to the Carrollton location, after a reco here. Nicely rustico.

              I moved to the Las Colinas area last week, and I have a new 'hood to learn. So far, I have learned I'll have to leave the 'hood to find oldies but goodies.

              1. re: Veggo

                Ouch... at least you aren't too far from Irving. Another place on my shortlist is El Tesoro del Inca:


                1. re: air

                  Thanks, I enjoy peruvian. What other gems of any type in Irving can you share?

                  1. re: Veggo

                    You'll def need to get out of Las Colinas but there's some good eating. Check through here:


          2. *GASP* I can't believe no one's mentioned Tia's on Lemmon Ave. Awesome food! I also like Grandpa Tony's on Mockingbird by Love Field for Taco's and 'ritas.

            Grandpa Tonys
            3130 W Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75235