Tired of the old standards when it comes to Mexican food? Try one of these great, lesser-known Mexican joints in the Dallas, Texas, area. You, your stomach and your pocketbook won’t be sorry you did!
11742 Marsh Lane Dallas, TX 75229
A family-owned and -operated joint, Casa Navarro delivers the best service I’ve ever experienced at a restaurant. The wait staff and managers are attentive, friendly and treat you as if you’re family – most call you “muchacho!” They check on you often and work tirelessly to make sure you’re enjoying your time there.
It’s a real hole in the wall spot, but the food is top-notch. My absolute favorite is the shrimp fajita plate. The shrimp are hot, plump and delicious. The brisket tacos are a great choice, too, and they’re known for their crispy chicken flautas. The whole menu is affordable, and the margaritas are a great deal at $3.25 M-Th and $4 on the weekends. They’re not those wine-based ones, either. They use real, grade-A tequila.
817 S Macarthur Blvd # 125, Coppell, TX 75019
This restaurant, nestled away in a shopping center in the north Dallas suburb of Coppell, is unforgettable. Once you try their Mexican Pizza, you’ll want it for every meal. The staff is friendly, the salsa is delicious and the service is fast.
Make sure to grab a margarita and a cup of queso to start off with. They’re both great.
4347 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75220
This place makes the list because of its superb brunch. On Saturdays and Sundays, head out to this North Dallas spot to start your day off right. For just $7to $10, you can get chips and salsa and a delicious breakfast. There are Mexican-type breakfasts, like huevos rancheros, chilaquiles (my favorite) and breakfast tacos, but they also have standards like pancakes. The real kicker at the place is the mimosas. Just for purchasing a meal, and if you’re 21 or older, you can get unlimited mimosas while you’re there. It’s a deal that can’t be beat!
The best thing about Fernando’s, hands down, are the salsas. With your chips, you get three choices of salsas: a killer avocado cream salsa, a red salsa and a to-die-for cilantro lime salsa.