El Fenix - Mexican Restaurant in Dallas, TX

Love Mexican food?  If you are visiting Dallas, check out El Fenix to get your fill of traditional Mexican favorites.

After spending the morning visiting the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (I'll be sharing more on the museum in a separate post), we were hungry... and luckily right across the street was El Fenix just waiting for us!

Whenever we travel somewhere that Mexican food is common, we like to indulge as much as possible!  El Fenix has been in Dallas since the early 1900's and the founder, Miguel Martinez, was the creator of the original tortilla chip machine.  He later sold it to Herman Lay (I'm sure you are familiar with Frito-Lay products) for a whopping $200.  So, you could say this was a historical visit as well as a chance to eat lunch.

The location we visited is the original restaurant, and it has grown in size over the years.  With a large space that is festively decorated with murals of Mexican life throughout, it's a family friendly place to enjoy Mexican food whether you have a small family or a large crowd to entertain.

From nachos to quesadillas to enchiladas... chalupas... fajitas... even some American favorites for those in your crowd who may want to join you, but need to opt for something a bit more familiar to their palate.  The menu is varied and quite large to look through... makes me think of New Jersey diners, but filled with all of the Mexican favorites we love.

The kids meals are generous portions and from the look of their plates afterward, delicious!

Even the adult dishes are generously portioned and cover all of the bases between rice, beans and your entree selection.  The sauces were tasty and some were spicier than others, which is appreciated.  I'm not a fan of the "burn your taste buds so that you can't taste anything" heat, but I do enjoy a slight kick so that I can enjoy my meal.


The service was good, not excellent which it should have been considering it was a later lunch time and they were not jam-packed.  The upside was that other servers were able to assist us when we needed more chips or our water glasses refilled.

Overall, we did enjoy are visit to El Fenix and would return as the food was very good and the prices were pretty reasonable.

El Fenix
1601 McKinney
Dallas, TX  75202

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