Fact: The frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas. And everyone knows that a frozen margarita is best served while devouring cheesy enchiladas or tacos or good old chips and guac. These are the best Mexican restaurants in Dallas right now.
Best Atmosphere: Iron Cactus
Located in the heart of Downtown Dallas, Iron Cactus is a sleek, trendy Mexican restaurant that’s perfect for a night out on the town. This three-story building features outdoor patios with skyline views ideal for pleasant Dallas weather. The decor is modern and upscale, and the menu features a wide variety of Mexican dishes not found in regular Tex-Mex establishments.
Best Margarita: Komali
Located in the trendy Uptown neighborhood, Komali delivers a cool scene and authentic Mexican cuisine. In fact, its tamarind margarita was voted the Best Margarita in Dallas for the past two years, and it certainly earned the top spot as it’s concocted of Casa Noble Resposado, Cointreau, tamarind puree, spiced rum and fresh lime. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, order the deliciously unique Komali margarita, made with Herradura Reposado tequila, Cointreau, prickly pear puree, mango and freshly-squeezed lime juice.
Best Guacamole: Javier’s
It’s classic and creamy and never too much of the traditional fixings (onions, jalapenos, lime juice, cilantro) which is what we expect from the classic Mexican haunt.
Best Salsas: Mesero
Clearly Chef Mico knows a lot about salsa, and his five specialties–including a chunky green and red tomato and a spicy habanero–are worth a trip in itself.
Best Salad: Taco Diner
The McKinney Avenue offshoot has added appeal thanks to a West Village location among trendy shops and restaurants. Grab a coveted sidewalk seat and tuck into the Los Cabos salad. It’s made with the perfect blend of bleu cheese, avocado and chipotle Caesar dressing.
Best Ceviche: La Calle Doce
This popular Mexican eatery distinguishes itself with a focus on tasty seafood dishes that defy your expectations of south-of-the-border fare. The restaurant itself is a tiny converted house with a lovely covered patio, which is great for pleasant Dallas weather. Start with a ceviche that locals claim is the city’s best — whitefish, chopped shrimp, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and a lime marinade make for a flavorful appetizer.
Best Mole: Avila’s
This cozy, family-run spot has been satisfying Dallas’s craving for authentic Mexican food for over 25 years. Only the freshest ingredients are used that are prized for specials like chicken mole- featuring a perfect blend of chocolate and chile.
Best Enchiladas: Ojeda’s
This family-owned-and-operated gem has been a go-to for savory Tex-Mex since 1969. Just ask some of its famous patrons, like Owen Wilson, Bobby Knight, and Bill Clinton. The enchiladas are smothered in cheese and a scrumptious enchilada sauce.
Best Tacos: Torteria Insurgentes
DFW has no shortage of fine taco destinations. But with a taqueria seemingly in place on every street corner and inside every gas station, how does one choose? Lucky for us, this special gem features the same menu items that delight Mexico City residents every day. Just head on over to Northwest Highway and Webb Chapel to Torteria Insurgentes. Tuesdays were made for tacos pastor (spit-roasted pork served on tiny corn tortillas and topped with chopped lime and onions).
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