FUEL CITY TACOS— Mexican. While it may not look like much more than a gas station from the exterior, this 24-hour, cash-only joint serves up legendary Mexican street tacos and elote that are simple, authentic and just plain delicious. www.fuelcity-tacos. com. 801 S. Riverfront Blvd., 214.426.0011. GLORIA’S— Mexican. A festive atmosphere and an eclectic menu of Salvadorian and Mexican favorites are the heart of this lively eatery. Amazing pupusas, fajitas, margaritas and patios are the name of the game at this legendary DFW establishment. Multiple locations. www.gloriascuisine.com. HULA HUT— Global. A mix between Mexican and Polynesian cuisine, Hula Hut is a laid-back restaurant and bar overlooking Lewisville Lake and an adjacent wake park. Enjoy margaritas on the expansive patio while watching a man-made volcano erupt, and look out for the resident’s restaurant shark. www.hulahutlittleelm.com. 210 E. Eldorado Pkwy., Little Elm, 214.618.4852. JAVIER’S— Mexican/Latin. For more than two decades, this popular eatery has been serving upscale Mexican cuisine to locals and a parade of A-list celebrities. The menu focuses on the sophisticated side of traditional Mexican cuisine, offering such signature dishes as black bean soup and Filete Cantinflas. www.javiers.net. 4912 Cole Ave., 214.521.4211. JOE T. GARCIA’S— Mexican/Latin. This top-notch Mexican hot spot keeps its menu relatively streamlined, but that just means that every dish is perfection each time you order it. The lush and festive grounds, the warm staff and the outdoor patio dining are worth a trip all by themselves. www. joets.com. 2201 N. Commerce St., Fort Worth, 817.626.4356. JORGE’S TEX-MEX CAFÉ— Mexican. Since 1957, Jorge’s Tex-Mex Café has been serving authentic Mexican cuisine to hungry Texans. Now located in the One Arts Plaza, Jorge’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner specialties like Shrimp Diablo, Brisket Tacos and Chile Relleno. www.jorges.com. 1722 Routh St., 214.720.2211. MIA’S TEX-MEX RESTAURANT— Mexican/Latin. Mia’s is famous for their brisket tacos—tender, shredded beef served in homemade flour tortillas and topped with gravy. If you’re looking for homemade Mexican food, this is the place to be. www.miastexmex.com. 4322 Lemmon Ave., 214.526.1020. PALAPAS SEAFOOD BAR— Mexican. Located on Lowest Greenville, this charming, unassuming
seafood bar serves up a variety of ceviche and authentic Mexican seafood dishes to East Dallas locals (as well as in-the-know visitors) looking for a beachy, laid-back vibe and the coastal flavors of northwestern Mexico. www.palapasseafoodbar.com. 1418 Greenville Ave., 214.824.3000. MESO MAYA— Global. Taking inspiration from their Mayan and Mexican ancestors, the chefs at Meso Maya infuse everything with bold, earthy flavors. The menu’s inventive gourmet menu include mole dishes, traditional favorites like elote and pozole, and items elevated with heavenly homemade tortillas. www.mesomaya.com. 1611 McKinney Ave., 214.484.6555; 11909 Preston Road, Ste. 1426, 469.726.4390. MR. MESERO— Mexican. Mr. Mesero is a must-try for diners looking for an elevated Tex-mex experience. The McKinney Avenue restaurant’s consistently packed patio is proof that the food lives up the hype, as is the white queso, a house specialty that’s among the best in Dallas. www.mrmesero.com. 4444 McKinney Ave., 214.780.1991. SOL IRLANDES RESTAURANT— Mexican. Relax with a big frozen margarita alongside some killer Tex-Mex at Sol Irlandes in downtown. www.solirlandes.net. 1525 Main St., 214.744.9400.