Our top 5 Tex-Mex restaurants in Grapevine

I’m actually a little surprised we haven’t posted this sooner.  We’ve reviewed a few places but haven’t given the countdown of our favorites.  It wasn’t an easy process, actually, since there are so many to choose from.  I mean, this is the heart of Texas and we know how to do Tex-Mex right.  Let us know if you agree with our picks!

  1. Baja Mex Grill.  There’s no question about it.  This place is, hands down, as good as it gets.  The food is tasty and has a great variety that you don’t find many other places, the margaritas are excellent, and it’s as good a place to gather with friends as any you can find.  We wrote a detailed review here, but don’t take our word for it, go see for yourself, and it won’t be a minute too soon.
  2. La Hacienda Ranch.  Yes, I realize La Ha is in Colleyville, and I also realize it’s a chain, albeit a local one.  But the fajitas just cannot be beat, nor can the salsa.  This is actually the only place Jason will even eat fajitas.  And the salsa has a great smoky flavor from fire roasted tomatoes.  I could eat it with a spoon.  In spite of being an enormous space, it’s always packed and not unusual to wait quite a long while for a table at dinner.  We’ve learned to go early.  We have a friend from New Orleans who has eaten here at least three times during visits to town, it’s such a reliable institution.
  3. Taqueria Los Burritos Locos (416 Northwest Highway) –  Yes, I’ll bet you’re saying, “Where is that?”  It’s one of the best kept secrets in Grapevine.  They  have enormous, delicious breakfast burritos for $6 that two people could share.  No doubt the best breakfast deal in town.   They have great food at low prices for the other meals of the day as well.  I almost don’t want to post about it because then the secret will be out!
  4. Los Cabos (451 E. Northwest Highway) – We like to go here and share a few appetizers.  It’s a small, family-owned place with great food and service.   There’s also a nice place to sit outside which is fun in nice weather. They have more seafood here than many local Tex-Mex places which is nice variety.
  5. Esparza’s – To be honest, I am not a huge fan of much of the food at Esparza’s.  Many other places do it better.  But it’s such a festive place, and so cool located in an old house, and with good margaritas, that I felt compelled to give it a spot in our top 5.   I like taking people to Esparza’s for the atmosphere, but if I was choosing the place with my favorite food, I’d go to Baja’s.

I also feel that I must give honorable mention to El Fenix.  It’s hardly unique to Grapevine, but if you find better cheese enchiladas anywhere, you come and tell me about them.   For a chain, the food is always reliably good and the prices excellent.

6 Responses to “Our top 5 Tex-Mex restaurants in Grapevine”

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  1. Trey Moran says:

    Agreed that Baja is the best Tex-Mex in Grapevine, but the better of that small chain is the Southlake location. The bar in the Grapevine spot hardly ever has any sort of tequila selection while the Southlake one has a wonderfully stocked bar. The atmosphere in Grapevine is much more festive and loud. More of a happy hour type feel. We enjoy both but usually hit the Southlake one. As for La Hacienda as #2…the only reason I would make it #2 is because it wasn’t in Grapevine. You can get anything from excellent Tex-Mex to a REALLY good thick steak cooked over a wood fire. Add in the option to get that steak with an enchilada on the side and you’ve got a winner. One of my favorite places. The bar is good too. Good options. I would suggest the Hacienda Cheese Burger, add chile con carne. Thats thier house burger (made from ribeye and filet trimmings) topped with thier enchilada sauce. Really messy and good. Comes with a mound of steak fries in a cast iron skillet. You will be happy you ordered it.

    • emily says:

      We will have to check out the Southlake Baja. I’ve never looked at the tequila selection in detail at Grapevine since I usually just go with a margarita.

      After reading your description of the Hacienda Cheeseburger, I feel I MUST try it! That sounds amazing.

  2. Kelly says:

    Followed your advice on Baja. Food was delicious. From out of town and wanted local food. Glad we went there. Thanks for posting this info!

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