The Top 5 Fajita Platters in Dallas

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If you’re a fajita fanatic, you’ve come to the right place.  Dallas is smack dab in Tex-Mex central, so there’s basically a good restaurant featuring all your Mexican food favorites on every corner. Alas, some are better than others.  If you’ve come to see what really sizzles, check out the Top 5 Fajita Platters in the Big D.

1 Uncle Julio's

Uncle Julio's fajitas are well known around the Dallas area and beyond. Maybe it's the mesquite flavor of the meat, grilled to perfection over an open flame. Or perhaps it's the homemade tortillas, or the fresh pico de gallo, velvety sour cream and flavorful frijoles a la charra (charro beans, for those north of the border folks.) Get the traditional chicken or beef, or go a little herbivoracious for their Vegetable Fajitas Especial, served with roasted potatoes, onions, red and poblano peppers, mesquite grilled yellow squash, zucchini and Portobello mushroom. Still not satisfied? The succulent shrimp fajitas should tide you over.

16150 Dallas Pkwy, (972) 380-0100,

2 Maximo

Maximo is always a good idea if you are looking for innovative menu items that liven up the typical Tex-Mex faves. Even from the start, with their spicy avocado salsa and Maximo Heat Margarita, made with jalapeno peppers, you know you're in for something different. Their fajita platters are no different. Choose from grilled beef or chicken fajitas, or a combination, served with avocado slices, rajas, black beans, lime sour cream,
grated cheese and your choice of warm tortillas. They also have a fantastic buffet-style brunch with a Bloody Mary cart - perfect for those recovery Sunday mornings.

5301 Alpha Rd., Ste 80, (972) 233-5656,

3 Desperado's

Family owned and operated by three brothers, Desperado's has been a Dallas staple for 35 years. Their Wednesday night $2 margarita special garners half the population of the area, and their famous "La Margarita" is hands down the freshest and tastiest marg this side of the Rio Grande. Their heaping fajitas are quite excellent as well, served with succulent, juicy steak, grilled shrimp or savory chicken, along with their bean soup and all the fixens.  I would be doing an injustice if I didn't also mention the Desperado tacos, however: deep fried flour tortillas with gooey melted jack cheese and fajita beef or chicken. The most ordered entree since their opening!

4818 Greenville Ave, (214) 363-1850,

4 Cyclone Anayas

Listed among Texas Monthly's Top Mexican Food Restaurants, Cyclone Anayas knows how to deliver. Their hand-made, gourmet menu items are prepared from scratch, earning them a reputation for serving "Fine Mex." When ordering your fajita platter, you have a few choices. I always go for the charbroiled skirt steak, that absolutely bursts with flavor, but you can try the juicy chicken breast or the Camarones a la Parrilla, six jumbo shrimp stuffed with jalapeno and Mexican cheese and then wrapped with applewood smoke bacon. All fajitas come with their savory cilantro rice, which is worth the price alone. Don't forget to order a margarita or other tequila cocktail - they make their own Agave Tequila here.

3211 Oak Lawn Ave, (214) 420-0030,

5 Fajita Pete's

If the word fajita is in the moniker, you better hope they're worth the trip. Luckily, Pete's is definitely worth its salt-rimmed margarita. A Houston transplant, Fajita Pete's features distinctively tender fajitas, marinated in a unique freshly squeezed lime and pineapple based recipe, laid over sautéed onions and covered with strips of poblanos topped with a grilled jalapeno pepper. It's enough to make you a certified fajita addict - luckily, they deliver.

6090 Campbell Rd. Ste 124, (972) 818-3900,

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