October 21, 2013 by BettyCupcakes
Around the time the husband and I started dating, we went to a Mexican restaurant in Boston. I spent the evening playing interpreter, explaining the subtle differences between burritos, flautas, enchiladas, tacos, tostadas, and chimichangas. While my husband may have had to show me how to crack open a lobster, when it comes to Tex Mex I’m the resident expert.
My absolute favorite Tex Mex food in Dallas, Texas is at El Fenix. We ate there almost every Wednesday night when I was a kid because they served the Enchilada Special. For $5.99, they served up two cheese enchiladas doused in chili con carne.
I broke tradition on this trip home and stopped by El Fenix for lunch with my mom and Sam on Sunday. My appetite enjoyed a walk down memory lane.
Every meal at El Fenix starts with a basket of hot, salty chips and individual bowls of hot sauce. You can double dip all you want.
Chili con queso is a necessity. The slightly spicy, ultra creamy cheese dip is especially wonderful when combined with the hot sauce on a chip or in a corn tortilla.
I ordered the wee one the beef tamales from the kid’s menu…
But he was too busy eating chips and staring at himself in the mirror to eat them.
I ate my own cheese enchilada and beef tamale with a double side of rice- no beans, por favor. It was as delicious as I remembered: cheese-y, smoky, a bit spicy, with just the right amount of greasiness. Tex Mex perfection.