49) Javier’s, Dallas
In the land where Tex-Mex is king, Javier’s in Highland Park serves authentic Mexican, focusing its upscale take on Mexico City fare. There’s mounted game on the walls, lest you forget that you are still in Texas. Javier’s is not necessarily a critic’s darling, yet it’s the go-to choice for locals when they’re tired of the flashy scene at nearby Mi Cocina — and one that’s outlasted many other Mexican upstarts since it opened more than 30 years ago.
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Dan Myers is the Eat/Dine Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @sirmyers . Additional reporting by Kristen Oliveri and Arthur Bovino.