Few things more tantalizing than the sight of a waiter bringing a sizzling plate of fajitas directly to your table. Whether you top your dish with steak, chicken or shrimp, these Dallas/Fort Worth restaurants offer the area’s best fajitas with the most savory of seasonings and freshest ingredients.
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Pepes and Mitos
2911 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
Price: $10.95 to $12.25
Hours: Mon to Tues – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wed to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas, this quaint little venue has an excellent waitstaff with prompt service. One of the house specialties are the sizzling fajitas, offered with tender beef sirloin, boneless chicken breast or shrimp and then piled high with onions, rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo and tortillas. Also offered is a vegetarian option with sautéed mushrooms, chayote squash, potatoes, green bell peppers, carrots and fresh tomato slices. These unique veggie fajitas are some of the most flavorful in town and the textures of each ingredient combine perfectly for fun in every bite.
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Taqueria El Si Hay
601 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
Price: $6.50 to $8
Hours: Tues – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wed to Mon – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Located near the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff, this little gem offers chicken and beef fajitas are so perfectly seasoned and cooked that some diners make it a point to indulge their cravings at least once a week. What makes these fajitas so fresh is the adequate amount of cilantro and salsa verde that top all ingredients. This pair excites tastes not usually experienced in fajitas. They are delicious. And don’t look for some large fancy restaurant upon arrival, because Taqueria El Si Hay is a little, tiny place where orders are placed at the window. This is a fun stop for scooter or motorcycle crowds that are out enjoying the day and want to grab a quick, delectable bite.
Ernesto’s Mexican Restaurant
1202 Northwest Highway
Garland, TX 75041
Price: $5.50 to $8.50
Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
At first glance, Ernesto’s seems like a hole in the wall to pass over. But head inside and you’ll enjoy a spot-on meal every time. Head over midday – Ernesto’s is particularly popular for the great lunch specials. The fajitas are stellar due to the rich marinade and copious amounts of toppings all served with freshly prepared tortillas. Take your next lunch break at this great Garland spot.
El Asadero Mexican Restaurant
1535 N Main St
Fort Worth, TX 76106
Price: $10.99 to $27.99
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A word to the wise: El Asadero steers away from Tex-Mex fajitas, offering more traditional Mexican cuisine. Its salsa has an enthusiastic kick with the inclusion of Serrano peppers, and the pico includes both jalapeños and their seeds. For entrees, a delectable treat will be the steak and shrimp fajitas which are both lavishly rubbed with spices and then grilled. The portions are more than filling and the sides are ample with guacamole and pico. All fajitas include flame-broiled meat and if dining with friends, go with the fajita plate that feeds up to three. It is a great deal.
Fresco’s Cocina Mexicana
7432 Denton Highway
Watauga, TX 76148
Price: $9.99 to $11.49
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – Closed
Throw caution to the wind at Fresco’s and instead of ordering the standard fajitas, go ahead and indulge in the fajita enchiladas. A piping hot plate with three cheese and onion enchiladas comes topped by Ranchero sauce and a choice of tender steak or chicken fajitas meat. Looking for something with a little more crunch? Go with the caesar fajita tacos, which include chicken or steak fajitas meat and caesar greens, roasted corn and parmesan cheese. Both menu options are served with rice and pico to complete each meal.
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Raine Devries is a 5th generation Dallasite and is well acquainted with the best that the city has to offer. She resides in the Downtown / Deep Ellum area and enjoys being so close to the Arts District, live music venues, and great restaurants. She has a passion for international travel, indie/foreign films, and riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.