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El Fenix Restaurant in Dallas, Texas

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October 21, 2013 by BettyCupcakes

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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.

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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.

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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.

El Fenix Chips and Salsa | BettyCupcakes.com #texmex #chips #salsa #texasEvery 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.

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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.

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I ordered the wee one the beef tamales from the kid’s menu…

Toddler at El Fenix Restaurant | BettyCupcakes.com #toddler #texmex #texas

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.  


  • Oh lord you have me drooling over this! El Fenix Cheese Enchilidas are my favorite food ever! Now I’m going to have to make a trip up to Dallas soon!

  • Lisa Hanna says:

    This is the best place in the world to eat TEX MEX!!!! It is the real deal. Its is consistently good, service is always good. I am so lucky to have 5 locations to choose from in my area and they are ALL GREAT!!!!

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