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10 Best Tacos in Dallas

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The Metroplex is famous for its Mexican food. From our state-infused Tex-Mex style to authentic family recipes handed down from generation to generation, there’s something for every palate. Whether you like it hot or not, there are countless choices to make every gringo happy. Pass the salsa, por favor.

Warning: DFW takes its Mexican food seriously. This article could cause heated debates over the best tacos in DFW. The best way to settle it is to do more research--eat more tacos!

1. Rusty Taco

Angela Patterson

This is not the standard DFW Tex-Mex concept: $8 margaritas, beans & rice, and 95 dinner combinations to choose from. Rusty's philosophy: "Relax Dallas." I love this former-brakes-place-turned-taquería. I love the $2 handmade tacos. I love that the menu consists of tacos, chips / salsa / queso / guacamole and beverages. You can't go wrong with a $5 margarita. I liked the Brisket Taco a lot, the crunchy Baja Shrimp Taco even more and the Rusty Taco the most! The namesake taco is achiote pork with grilled pineapple. It's my favorite taco place now. It's all about the taco here.

Update: My new favorite is the Baja Shrimp Taco. Crispy shrimp with creamy Baja sauce. Yum.

Rusty Taco
4802 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206 
214-613-0508

2. Mia's Tex-Mex Restaurant

Angela Patterson

Some of the best Tex-Mex food is served up in a cozy location that has become a family tradition for generations. Mia's is famous for its house specialty: Butch’s Original Brisket Tacos. After you try one you’ll want to hug Mama Mia herself! Two tender brisket tacos are filled with Monterey Jack cheese, grilled onions and zesty poblano peppers. Served with a delicious brisket gravy, fresh avocado slices, rice and beans in your choice of homemade flour or corn tortillas.

Mia’s Tex-Mex Restaurant
4322 Lemmon Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
214-526-1020

3. Desperado’s

Photo courtesy of Desperado's

These Bandidos are well known for their fabulous food, sticking to traditional family recipes and infusing a few new twists. Feast on the most popular item on the menu: Desperado’s Tacos. Two crispy flour tortillas come topped with gooey melted Monterrey Jack cheese, beef or chicken fajita meat to create this signature dish.

Desperado’s Mexican Restaurant
4818 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: 214-363-1850

Desperado’s Mexican Restaurant
3443 W. Campbell Rd.
Garland, TX 75044
972-530-8886

4. Fuzzy's Tacos

I've recently become a Fuzzy's Tacos aficionado. I love the Tempura Shrimp Taco most of all -- but don't discount the special ground beef tacos. These Baja-style tacos include fresh lettuce, tomatoes, garlic sauce, cheese and are then topped with feta cheese. Bring your Fuzzy's plastic cup when you go and it's free tea. That can save you a buck or two.

5. Mattito’s Tex-Mex

Angela Patterson

What happens when you can’t make up your mind while looking at the menu? You go back for brunch and sample everything. Mattito's Sunday Buffet has a taco bar to satisfy all your taco cravings plus they serve up a variety of delicious Mexican-inspired fare. The Baja Chicken is addictive. Bacon-wrapped chicken skewers stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese and jalapeño slivers with ranch and cayenne dipping sauces. Sunday Buffet at both locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $16.99 adults, $6.99 kids under 12.

Mattito’s Café Tex-Mex
3011 Routh St.
Dallas, TX 75201-1300
214-526-8181

Mattito’s Café Tex-Mex
6129 Main St.
Frisco, TX 75034
214-872-3411

6. Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Que

Photo courtesy of Rudy's

Rudy’s puts the “Tex” in Tex-Mex. Primarily known as a barbecue restaurant, Rudy's makes a breakfast delight that isn’t your Pappacito’s taco. Chopped brisket and scrambled eggs wrapped inside a flour tortilla make a winning combination that’s (pardon the pun) unbeatable. If you’ve never had a breakfast taco, you’re missing out on a wonderful way to start the day.

Rudy’s
9828 Dallas Pkwy.
Frisco, TX 75034
972-712-7839

7. Taco Diner

Angela Patterson

This trendy urban restaurant’s concept captures the bold flavors found in Mexico City’s traditional taquerias. Taco Diner offers a lighter approach to Mexican cooking in a fun, high-energy atmosphere. It’s difficult to decide which of the nine taco varieties to order. Al pastor chicken or pork is marinated in an achiote-citrus blend and served inside mini handmade corn tortillas. Experiment with the garnishes to create your own flavor profile with chopped cilantro, onion, a squeeze of lime, and the hot-yet-sweet jalapeño relish.

Taco Diner
3699 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
214-521-3669

Taco Diner
4011 Villanova St.
Dallas, TX 75225
214-696-4944

Additional locations in Irving, Plano and Southlake.

8. Cosmic Café

Angela Patterson

The Lone Star state is primarily carnivore country. However, if you’re vegan, vegetarian or anyone who prefers a more health conscience/environmentally friendly meal, there are veggie tacos in Dallas to rival any in the country. The Trinity Taco Platter features soft tacos filled with onions, mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers and cheddar cheese. It’s served with black beans, rice and salad. Where’s the beef? You won't find it here. This platter is as delicious as it is colorful.

Cosmic Café
2912 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
214-521-6157

9. La Calle Doce

Photo courtesy of La Calle Doce

Enjoy the rich culture of Coastal Mexico through the fresh and flavorful cuisine at La Calle Doce. This charming renovated house opened its doors for the first time in 1981 in the recently trendy Oak Cliff area. Tacos de Mahi Mahi is a unique California-style taco accompanied by a special cream sauce and served with Mexican slaw, jicama salad and rice. Although known for their unique seafood dishes, it’s difficult to pass on the Tacos de carne deshebrada, or shredded beef in flour tortillas with guacamole.

La Calle Doce
1925 Skillman Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
214-824-9900

La Calle Doce
415 W. 12th St.
Dallas, TX 75208
214-941-4304

10. Fuel City

Fuel City is open 24 hours to feed your need for tacos. It's the one place you can fill up your tank and your stomach at the same time. Try the grilled chicken, pastor, picadillo or barbacoa. Muy delicioso! They come topped off with fresh cilantro, onion or a squeeze of lime. It's authentic -- the real deal -- not your usual tex-mex, overstuffed with lettuce and tomato tacos. Inexpensive: $1.50 a taco. It's also a take-out place. I bet you'll think it's worth the drive to South Dallas.

Fuel City
801 S Industrial Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
214-426-0011

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