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. 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. www.joets.com. 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.micocinarestaurants.com. 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.midiafromscratch.com. 1295 S. Main St., Grapevine, 817.421.4747. MIA’S TEXMEX 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. MATTITO’S TEXMEX 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.mattitos.com. 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. www.mesomaya.com. 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.mrmesero.com. 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.velvettaco.com. 4819 Washington Ave., 832.834.5908.; 2700 W. 7th St, Fort Worth, 817.887.9810.; 3012 N. Henderson Ave., 214.823.8358.