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El Fenix

Map & Directions 1601 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75202
  • Mexican, Tex-Mex
  • Sun-Mon 11am-9pm, Tue-Sat 11am-10pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Takeout, Delivery, Private Party, Kid Friendly
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Not Necessary, Accepted
  • Lot Available


Dallas Observer's Description

Since 1918, original owner Miguel Martinez's El Fenix has been reeling in the Tex-Mex faithful. This location, the flagship store, is across the street from the second El Fenix, which was opened in 1925 and is owned by Mike Karns. From the favorite tortilla soup and fajitas to the generous combinations, like the signature Special Mexican Dinner (one cheese enchilada, two tamales covered with chili con carne, one meat taco, one soft cheese taco with a side of rice and beans), the menu reads like an all-star cast of Tex-Mex superstars, something fitting for one of the pioneers of Tex-Mex cuisine. Among the other house specialties are the chimichanga and steak and enchilada. El Fenix isn't done with you yet. The company continues to open new locations, but it all pretty much started here in downtown Dallas.

Member Reviews

  • Mallory19 wrote a review for El Fenix
    on 05/14/10

    Great Hot Sauce and Enchiladas!

  • svolhein
    svolhein wrote a review for El Fenix
    on 05/13/10

    For hot, fast Tex-Mex, no one beat El Fenix. Seriously, your food gets to your table minutes after you've placed your order. Show up early for Enchilada Wednesdays.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Eater on 10/05/11

    The original home of old-style Tex-Mex, downtown's El Fenix location is famous for its service and classic, affordable menu. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Victoria H. on 09/29/10

    You can't beat the original El Fenix for quality Tex Mex and ambiance...especially if you have out-of-town friends to impress.

  • Elaine P. on 10/29/11

    The shredded beaf chimichanga with queso is my favorite!!

  • Samantha U. on 12/04/10

    Go on a Wednesday for the awesome enchiladas deal!

  • Cody R. on 10/03/10

    Ask for the spicier hot sauce! It's way better

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    The soft cheese taco I got with the "Special Mexican Dinner" at El Fenix on McKinney Avenue in downtown Dallas a couple of months ago mystified... More on El Fenix »

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