JAVIER’S— This popular eatery has been serving upscale Mexican cuisine to locals and a parade of A-list celebrities for over 20 years. The sophisticated menu’s signature dishes include black bean
soup and Filete Cantinflas. www.javiers.net. 4912 Cole Ave., 214.521.4211. MARIANO’S RESTAURANT Y CANTINA— While the food is amazing, it’s the margaritas at Mariano’s that set it apart from the pack, considering Mariano actually invented the frozen margarita machine back in 1971. www.marianosrestaurant.com. 6300 Skillman, 214.691.3888. MESO MAYA— The chefs at Meso Maya infuse everything with bold, earthy flavors that celebrate a spiritual connection with nature. The inventive 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. MIA’S TEX-MEX RESTAURANT— 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. MR. MESERO— 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. 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.