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Aug 21, 2012 10:46 AM

Mexican in Downtown Dallas

Will be in Dallas for first time. Unfortunately a very short trip. Was going to have lunch at Pecan Lodge one day and am looking for an authentic Mexican or Tex-Mex spot for dinner. Am staying at the Fairmont and will not have a car. Walking distance is preferred but can take a cab if necessary. Any suggestions? Thanks

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  1. For some excellent tacos, go to La Banqueta just north of Downtown. My favs there are the Pastor, Chorizo, and Suadero. Really good stuff (definitely better than Fuel City IMO)

    You would probably have to take a cab, though, and it's sort of in the hood.


    Tacos La Banqueta
    4500 Bryan St
    Dallas, TX 75204
    Neighborhood: East Dallas

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    1. re: CarDair

      Although personally, I love El Banqueta, I wouldn't want to send a stranger to Dallas there considering the neighborhood it's in.

      teegee's suggestions below are far more realistic for the OP.

      Also, the OP might enjoy Pepe & Mitos's on Elm Street in Deep Ellum as seen on "Triple D"

    2. I can think of two decent-to-good restaurants with Mexican food that are in downtown Dallas, both walking distance from the Fairmont.

      1. Wild Salsa - is an upscale version of authentic Mexican but the food is good. The menu ranges from fancy dishes like lamb shank barbacoa with a poblano tamale for $29 all the way down to $2.50 tacos. It's a beautifully designed space with a Day of the Dead theme, and has a bunch of unusual margaritas.

      2. Sol Irlandes is a pretty good Tex-Mex place with classic recipes dating back to one of Dallas' earlier Tex-Mex chains, Tia's -- nachos, fajitas, rellenos, combination plates, queso, and also American dishes like burgers and chicken-fried steak.

      3. there's also Iron Cactus, a spin-off of a mediocre Tex-Mex place from Austin with a convenient location on Main St but it's more popular for drinking than eating.

      and you'll hopefully budget in an hour wait for Pecan Lodge? the lines are long since their DD&D appearance

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      1. re: teegee

        +1 Wild Salsa.

        There is also a Rusty's Taco stand at the Main Street Garden right across the street, should you need some walking around sustenance.

      2. El Fenix, which is easy walking distance for you and has been around forever (90 years?), recently won a big Dallas Morning News reader's poll as the best Tex-Mex in Dallas. Many or most on this board would disagree that it's the best or perhaps even that it's good, but it's a Dallas tradition and is very representative of the roots of Dallas Tex-Mex, so in a sense is as authentic an example of Tex-Mex (as oposed to Mex) as you'll find. A "Dallas institution" kind of place, still very popular.

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        1. re: oakcliffbuff

          Definitely Dallas' matriarch restaurant of Tex-Mex.

          1. re: CocoaNut

            I like the original El Fenix also. I prefer Tex-Mex and enjoy El Fenix's cheese enchiladas and tamales with chili. The art work inside the building is colorful and festive looking. It is walking distance from the Fairmount and the American Airlines Arena.

            Bigray in Ok

        2. El Fenix all the way. It's a Dallas institution

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