Considering Texas' historical and geographical connection to Mexico, it should come as no surprise that Dallas is absolutely brimming with terrific Mexican restaurants. But the city's South of the Border fare goes well beyond the usual Tex-Mex options.
At Mesa, a family-run joint in Oak Cliff–the specialty of the house is Veracruz-style cuisine, where you can find everything from lobster enchiladas to duck mole. There's also Trompo, a hole-in-the-wall taqueria that's even received national praise by the editors at Bon Appétit.
In the mood for a platter of cabrito fajitas? Or how about some codorniz a la Talla (charbroiled quail)? That's exactly what you're in for at Javier's, an upscale Highland Park eatery that has been wowing crowds with the flavors of Mexico City since 1977.
Of course, this wouldn't be a proper Mexican food bucket list without mentioning El Ranchito, a neighborhood gem that serves up the kind of Northern Mexican dishes your Abuela might make.
And we're just getting started, keep reading to find out where to find amazing moles, Chiles Rellenos, tacos and more.