2013 Guide to Good Eats: Best Mexican Food

Why settle for Taco Bell when Dallas has so much more to offer?
Why settle for Taco Bell when Dallas has so much more to offer?

By Steven Doyle

Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine takes you to another world that is not Tex Mex. The only enchilada you will find begrudgingly is filled with lobster. But do not let that ingredient trip your wallet, Mesa is fine interior Mexican cuisine served at family prices. Look for supple hand-made toritllas served with the best moles, guisos, empanadas and a deliciously prepared Cochinita Pibil, 118 W. Jefferson, Dallas.

Cuquita’s is another city gem that must be shared with friends and family. This family-run restaurant has garnered high praises including best Mexican Restaurant by Texas Monthly. Enjoy hand-made tortillas, and fresh-from-scratch tamales made daily, 13260 Josey Lane, Farmers Branch.

Komali is operated by the chef who has the very successful next door, Salum’s. This is his homage to his Mexico City roots, offering dishes he grew up on as a child. Look for anything adorned with the Mole Colorado, or the Chile Rellenos. The best margaritas in Dallas also can be found at Komali, 4152 Cole, Dallas.

MesoMaya now has two locations. One is convenient to the Klyde Warren park downtown, and also has a side restaurant that simply serves street tacos in the back by the parking lot. A perfect Cochinita Pibilis served up with a platter of house-made tortillas (requisite) and splendid margaritas with an ample nod to the best tequilas that can be sourced in the U.S., 1611 McKinney Ave., Dallas.

Mr Mesero is Mico Rodriguez at his finest. Mesero will entrance you with beautiful plating that you will insist should cost more than it really does. The enchiladas can be served in a combo so you have the ability to sample each, but you will swear to the mole sauced version. Powerful margaritas carry you wistfully into the night, 4444 McKinney, Dallas.

Herrera’s Café is a must for any Mexican food list that is written in Dallas. A Tex Mex staple since the beginning of time, Herrera’s gives the giant list of numbered plates with their alpha spin offs a run for their money. Look for super solid enchiladas, thick flour tortillas and a bountiful plate called the Jimi’s Special. The complimentary bean soup is to die for, 4001 Maple Ave., Dallas.

Escondido has the best beef enchiladas made in the city of Dallas. Stop looking, you won’t find better. Great Tex Mex with no frills and terrible hours. The word Escondido means ‘hidden’ and this restaurant is off the beaten path. Besides the enchiladas, go for the chalupas, 2210 Butler, Dallas.