Mex­i­can/Latin Amer­i­can

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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. 4912 Cole Ave., 214.521.4211. JOE T. GARCIA’S Mex­i­can/Latin. Eas­ily one of the most pop­u­lar restau­rants in the en­tire Dal­las/ Fort Worth area, 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 alone. 2201 N. Com­merce St., Fort Worth, 817.626.4356. MARIANO’S RESTAU­RANT Y CANTINA Mex­i­can. While the food is amaz­ing, it’s the mar­gar­i­tas at Mariano’s that set it apart from the pack. You see, Mariano’s ac­tu­ally in­vented the frozen mar­garita ma­chine back in 1971. www.mar­i­anos­restau­rant. com. 6300 Skill­man, 214.691.3888. MI COCINA Tex-Mex. Au­then­tic menu for Tex-Mex cui­sine in a mod­ern up-scale en­vi­ron­ment, Mi Cocina—also known as simply, “MiCo”—is a Dal­las in­sti­tu­tion. Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions. www.mic­ocinarestau­ MI DIA FROM SCRATCH Latin Amer­i­can. Lo­cated in the Grapevine Epi­cen­tre, this restau­rant is a har­mo­nious blend of tra­di­tional Mex­ico City recipes and mod­ern Santa Fe and Tex-Mex fla­vors. www.midi­afrom­ 1295 S. Main St., Grapevine, 817.421.4747. 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.mi­as­ 4322 Lem­mon Ave., 214.526.1020. MATTITO’S TEXMEX Mex­i­can. A fes­tive at­mos­phere and killer food make Mattito’s a big hit. Stop by on the week­end for the bot­tom­less cham­pagne brunch buf­fet, or hit happy hour for a few clas­sic tex-mex ap­pe­tiz­ers washed down with the restau­rant’s spe­cialty frozen blue mar­garita. Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions. www.mat­ti­ MESO MAYA Global. Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from their Mayan and Mex­i­can an­ces­tors, the chefs at Meso Maya in­fuse ev­ery­thing with bold, earthy fla­vors that cel­e­brate a spir­i­tual con­nec­tion with na­ture. The menu’s in­ven­tive gourmet menu in­clude mole dishes, tra­di­tional fa­vorites like elote and po­zole, and items el­e­vated with heav­enly home­made tor­tillas. Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions.­so­ MR. MESERO Mex­i­can. Serv­ing up con­tem­po­rary Mex­i­can/Latin Amer­i­can cui­sine, 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.mrme­ 4444 McKin­ney Ave., 214.780.1991. 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. VEL­VET TACO Mex­i­can. Vel­vet Taco is the spot for fu­sion-style tacos wrapped in home­made tor­tillas, house-roasted elote and mar­gar­i­tas. The restau­rant is open ex­tra late on week­ends for pa­trons who need to get their fix when the bars close. www.vel­ 4819 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 832.834.5908.; 2700 W. 7th St, Fort Worth, 817.887.9810.; 3012 N. Hen­der­son Ave., 214.823.8358.

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