Hot Spots for DART-Mex

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The Dallas area is known for its Tex-Mex – and whether you prefer a full-on experience complete with a tequila bar, or a cozy and casual hole-in-the-wall, you can get some great examples of this regional favorite right on the DART lines.

Pepe’s and Mito’s is a laid-back, colorful spot just around the corner from Baylor University Medical Center Station. It’s a perennial on local best-of lists – small wonder, when they hit the Tex-Mex mainstays so well and so consistently. Even better, they serve up such delightful specialties as the tacos norteños – made famous when Guy Fieri featured them on the Food Network. Try their brunch, too. 2911 Elm St., Dallas

Near Westmoreland Station, you can always get a great plate of enchiladas and a tangy margarita at Tachito’s, the mainstay that has drawn generations of loyal customers for nearly 30 years. It’ family owned and operated and it shows in the warm welcome and home-like atmosphere. Aficionados rave about the chiles rellenos “just like mama used to make.” 3210 W. Illinois Ave., Dallas

Tequila is the name of the game at Agave Azul, a Downtown Carrollton favorite – not only do they have the largest selection of 100 percent blue agave in Texas, they use it in much of their cooking, too. Even so, it’s a family friendly environment, with moderate prices in casual digs. It’s got a pretty decent patio, too. 1114 S. Elm St., Carrollton

For a fun time near Downtown Plano Station, Urban Rio delivers the goods – along with acclaimed food that celebrates both sides of the Rio Grande. This popular spot scores on the three C’s — cuisine, cocktails and coolness. In fact, with daily drink specials and craft cocktails, the bar here is one of the most happening in the neighborhood. They have a great happy hour, as well. 1000 14th St., Plano

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