In a city filled with Tex-Mex restaurants, Rafa’s is a standout. It’s been around for over 40 years, and while it doesn’t look like much from the outside, the inside is brightly painted with Mexican art and framed cactus prints everywhere. It’s the type of place you’ll head to for a low-key dinner on Saturday, end up staying for four hours, and then come right back for brunch the next day. Sit at the bar and order a margarita while you make your way through the rest of the long menu - anything you order will be good, but you can’t go wrong with the chile rellenos or carnolas.
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Rise No. 1
Rise No. 1 in Devonshire is a charming but small restaurant, so it’s perfect to bring your mom, a date, or a few friends for souffle.
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Katy Trail Ice House
Head to Katy Trail Ice House in Uptown to post up outside on their patio with friends, beers, and inevitably a burger or some tacos.
Deep Ellum’s Angry Dog is a dark dive bar with plenty of TVs and bar food, like poutine, fried pickles, and a burger.
Grange Hall is both a restaurant and high-end home goods store, so you can eat a Snob sandwich with caviar while looking at vases you can’t afford.
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Yutaka Sushi Bistro
Yutaka is in a strip mall uptown, serves some of the best sushi in the city, and has great lunch specials.
Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano
Javier’s in Park Cities serves very good Tex-Mex in a massive space. Make sure to wash it all down with a margarita.
Lockhart Smokehouse is in Bishop Arts, but you’ll be able to smell the classic BBQ meats miles away. Don’t miss the brisket and ribs.
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