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“Family friendly”
Review of El Fenix

El Fenix
Ranked #555 of 3,614 Restaurants in Dallas
Cuisines: Mexican
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Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Family friendly”
Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

The food was good but what truly made this restuarant was the waiter we had serving us. We were a large group and he did excellent with keeping up with us.

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
Austin, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Good old fashioned Tex Mex”
Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

Had a late lunch at the downtown location, across the way from the Perot Science Museum. The ambiance was traditional, the server was quick and pleasant, and the food was flavorful and ample. The price tag was quite reasonable. It can't get any better than that. Well, yeah it could have been a tad quieter, but with few customers yelling, I could talk to my wife.

Visited August 2013
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Flat Rock, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
231 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Top notch food”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

We've been away from Dallas and El Fenix too long. The flavor of their dishes is outstanding and the service and atmosphere are top notch. Of course the tortilla chips and salsa get your meal off to the right start . Can't wait to return on our next trip to Dallas.

Visited April 2013
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Thank Gerald G
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Poplar Bluff, MO
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Really good TexMex”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Excellent salsa, interesting choices on the menu, and a fine brace of steak tacos. Delicious. Service was really slow, but the food made the wait worth it.

  • Visited March 2013
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Garland, Texas, United States
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Consistently GREAT Tex Mex food and service”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

First visited this location over 45 years ago when I lived in the area and yes this area has also changed drastically with the influx of persons from other countries after 86.
El Fenix has always prided themselves with the consistency of food and service from location to location and have visited all from home or work.
One of the things I love the most is their thin crispy chips and hot sauce.
Always comment my daughter was made from El Fenix since I visited the location near work every day for lunch for the nine months before she was born.
Wednesday is their Cheese Enchilada Special.
Even though they are always packed during prime time the food and service is on over drive once you are seated and your cheese enchilada special is in front of you before you can eat enough of their fab chips and hot sauce..
Only possible thing I could ever find bad about any El Fenix is their hot sauce taste has changed a bit over the years and don't mean consistency of the actual sauce as for many many years it had the same taste but went from being watery to more thick salsa like.
Occasionally now (even bottled El Fenix hot sauce which has sold for years in grocery stores) it tastes as if someone dropped a pound instead of a cup of chili powder in to it while making the batch.
Possibly I was spoiled by original recipe.
Oh well; that's what makes the world go round... different strokes for different folks.

  • Visited January 2013
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