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Beyond Tex-Mex

There is no question that Dallas is home to some of the tastiest Mexican food in the country. In fact, Mexican food is practically a way of life for many locals. But don’t settle for average Tex-Mex. Dallas offers numerous south-of-the-border restaurants with a touch of sophistication. If you can’t handle another average quesadilla, visit one of the numerous restaurants offering dishes from Argentina to El Salvador and everywhere in between.

Blue Mesa Grill
Blue Mesa Grill fuses bold Southwestern taste with local Texas flavor. Classic Mexican dishes such as enchiladas and quesadillas are served, but with a twist. Goat cheese enchiladas and chicken Caesar quesadillas are just a couple examples of the fresh approach Blue Mesa takes to Mexican classics. Stop in for lunch or dinner, but Blue Mesa also offers an award-winning brunch buffet on Sundays.
Addison, 972/934-0165
Dallas, 214/378-8686
Plano, 214/387-4407
bluemesagrill.com

Cantina Laredo
Artfully presented modern Mexican cuisine served in a sophisticated atmosphere sets Cantina Laredo apart. The freshest ingredients are used to prepare Cantina Laredo favorites such as the camarones escondidos (grilled chicken breast stuffed with shrimp and topped with sautéed spinach and a chipotle wine sauce). Stop by Cantina Laredo for a date night, or feel free to bring the whole family. Cantina Laredo has a kids’ menu with plenty of choices for even the pickiest of eaters.
Multiple Dallas locations
Addison, 972/458-0962
Frisco, 214/618-9860
Lewisville, 972/315-8100
cantinalaredo.com

Cyclone Anaya’s
“Fine-Mex” is the term Cyclone Anaya’s uses to describe their take on traditional Mexican cuisine. Enchiladas get the star treatment when filled with lobster and topped with a Chardonnay cream sauce. Lump crabmeat nachos are another guest favorite. Stop by this Texas favorite to enjoy a refined approach to Mexican cuisine.
Oak Lawn, 214/420-0030
Fairview, 972/549-0040
cycloneanaya.com

Gloria’s
Start with their famous chips, served with salsa and black bean dip, before moving on to one of Gloria’s many Salvadoran and Mexican dishes. The grilled quail is a favorite and comes served with a fried plantain on the side. Or try one of Gloria’s hand-wrapped tamales. Whatever you decide on, make sure to finish it off with a slice of their famous tres leches cake. You won’t regret it!
Multiple Dallas locations
Addison, 972/387-8442
Frisco, 972/668-1555
Fairview, 972/549-4031
gloriasrestaurants.com

La Duni
La Duni provides the ultimate experience in Latin fusion. Founders Espartaco and Dunia Borga have drawn inspiration from their diverse heritage to create a menu full of flavors from all over Latin America. Try one of their Argentinian specialties along with one of the award-winning handcrafted cocktails. Menus vary slightly by location.
Knox Henderson, 214/520-7300
Highland Park, 214/520-6888
NorthPark Center, 214/987-2260
Fairview, 972/549-4069
laduni.com

La Hacienda Ranch
Take the whole family to La Hacienda Ranch for a fun-filled Tex-Mex meal, emphasis on the Tex. If Tex-Mex isn’t your thing, try one of their hand-selected steaks served with a baked potato.
Far North Dallas, 972/248-2424
laharanch.com

Mi Cocina
The MCrowd Restaurant Group took DFW by storm with the opening of the first Mi Cocina in 1991. Mi Cocina has since expanded into a favorite spot for locals with a taste for freshly prepared Mexican food. Try one of Mi Cocina’s modern dishes such as the chili-garlic shrimp served with Latin stir-fry vegetables and white rice.
Multiple Dallas locations
Shops at Legacy, Plano, 972/473-8745
Lakeside, Plano, 469/467-8655
Allen, 214-667-2100
Richardson, 972/671-6426
mcrowd.com/micocina

Urban Taco
Urban Taco prides itself on being the first upscale taqueria in Dallas. The menu offers authentic Mexican specialties, sans typical Tex-Mex additions such as sour cream and cheddar cheese. The ahi tuna taco and red snapper taco are guest favorites. In the mood for guacamole but watching carbs? Ask for the “skinny guac."
Mockingbird Station, Dallas, 214/823-4723
Oak Lawn, 214/922-7080
urban-taco.com