Hope this message isn't too late, but I didn't think of doing this until today. My father's sister passed away in November, and when we all flew in to Dallas for the funeral we didn't have anyone to show us where the good restaurants were. (Granted, my aunt was a Red Lobster fan, and probably wouldn't have offered the best advice . . .) We ended up eating at one of those big, chain restaurant monstrosities that may have well as TGIFriday's with a Mexican accent.
Now that we're all headed back this weekend to deal with the estate, I want to show my relatives that REAL Tex-Mex cuisine doesn't mean platter-sized portions, slushy frozen drinks and clever menu puns. We've got cars, and can travel, but things in the northern fringes of the city would be easiest.
I'd love to know about:
a) a good, hole-in-the-wall-but-nice authentic tex-mex or mexican restuarant, where I wouldn't feel embarassed taking a big family group, and
b) a good takeout taco place, where they use real meat and those thick Central American-style tortillas.
c) any other Chowhound favorite that shouldn't be missed in Dallas/FW or the Dallas 'burbs.
I'll be there a couple of days, and will be checking this board from my aunt's computer before we take it apart and sell it. Any and all help is MUCH appreciated.