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Step Back in Time at One of Dallas' Oldest Restaurants

Step Back in Time at One of Dallas' Oldest Restaurants

Dallas is home to thousands of restaurants including those that have welcomed guests for generations.

If you would like to step back in time, some of the oldest eateries in the city include:

El Fenix

Established in 1918, El Fenix is known for its delicious Tex-Mex and cheap margaritas during happy hour. The restaurant moved to McKinney Avenue seven years later, and Eater calls visiting its "cool old building a Dallas bucket list essential." At one time, the eatery was open 24/7, but a curfew imposed during World War II forced it to close between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. When no one could find the key on the first night, a locksmith had to be called to change the locks.

Today, El Fenix call Texas and Oklahoma home, and it's the oldest Mexican chain restaurant in the United States. Menu offerings include beef enchiladas, shredded chicken fajitas, and slow-roasted brisket tacos. 

Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse 

While Sonny Bryan's dates back to 1910, it didn't begin serving mouthwatering barbecue until 1958. The original Inwood location is open around the clock, and it's where visitors dine at vintage school desks and photographs of famous diners grace the walls. The service is always friendly, and the pitmasters offer daily specials between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The menu includes ribs, jalapeno sausage, and Hill Country brisket. 

Tupinamba Cafe

Before Froylan Dominguez fled Mexico during the Mexican Revolution, he grabbed some family recipes. In 1947, he and his wife used the recipes to open the Tupinamba Cafe, and they're believed to have introduced the nacho and sour cream enchilada to Dallas. The restaurant is a fun place to meet friends, and its vibrant atmosphere features colorful walls and unique works of art. Meals include fajita quesadillas, chile relleno, and carne asada. 

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