Best Tex Mex in Dallas

Best Tex Mex in Dallas

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Here are the top true-blue, mom-and-pop Tex-Mex joints as of right now.

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    At El Jordan, they’re super cheesy, thick and fat with melted cheese, verging on overload considering the slightly wimpy chili con carne.
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    Tortillas are often dipped in a chile ancho wash instead of hot oil to soften them, giving the enchiladas a lighter, more vegetal quality.
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    The whole menu is meatier than much Tex-Mex, with many dishes based on grilled beef, pork, or chicken and involving little or no cheese.
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    Thin chips and two kinds of salsa (spicy verde!) set you up nicely for a classic combination: tortillas softened in chili-seasoned oil and real Velveeta on the soft cheese taco.
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    Chips were thin and warm, the cheese enchilada was almost New Mexican in the strength and bitterness of its chili blanket, and the soft cheese taco bore the lovely scum of cooling processed cheese.
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    El Norte’s kitchen has a whiff of artisanal about it. It buys its meat from Hirsch’s Meat Market and grills over mesquite, but the menu is tried and true Tex-Mex with no frills. Or huitlachoche.
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    At Escondido, you move from the front counter, with its knit-bombed baby Jesus, around the semiopen kitchen, and down a short, uneven hallway to the purple-walled, windowless dining room.
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    The East Dallas restaurant draws customers from all parts of its eclectic neighborhood, so there’s always a multicultural crowd finding common ground on a combination plate.
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    At Tupinamba, it’s all about the taco. Long after other Dallas Tex-Mex joints switched to hard, preformed taco shells (a soulless, sanitized rip-off from a gutsier cuisine), the kitchen at Tupinamba still folds meat into a corn tortilla and fries it.
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