|  dallasnews.com

El Fenix — the Tex-Mex heart of Dallas — is planning a 100th birthday bash

Any 100th birthday bash deserves considerable thought. But it takes extra-special preparation when the celebration involves the international mecca of Tex-Mex.

  |  texashighways.com

Talking Baseball and country music with Charley Pride

Q: Where do you like to eat?

A: El Fenix Restaurant [In Dallas]. I had never eaten any Mexican food until I moved here, and I said. "Well I'm not Mexican, I'm not going to eat Mexican food' But my wife took me, and now I've been addicted for the last 40 years. 

  |  Only In Your State

Some People Don’t Know That Dallas – Fort Worth Was The First To Do These 13 Things

When Mike Martinez opened a small restaurant in Big D in 1916, he began infusing his food to integrate Mexican flare into it. In 1918, he changed the name to El Fenix.

  |  USA Today

Veterans Day deals: Where vets get freebies and discounted meals, haircuts and more

Businesses are saluting veterans and active-duty military personnel Saturday. They’re offering freebies and special discounts on Veterans Day to show their appreciation for all those who have sacrificed for their country.

El FenixVets get a free meal from a special menu Saturday.

  |  DFW.com

Treat yourself to these Halloween freebies and discounts

In honor of Halloween, the Mexican restaurant chain is serving up free ghost-shaped sopapillas Oct. 31. The complimentary deep-fried dessert is available upon request at all 22 El Fenix locations. One person per visit. Dine-in only. To find an El Fenix near you, visit www.elfenix.com.

  |  GuideLive

Have a taco costume? That's just one way to get National Taco Day freebies and deals on Oct. 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth

Well, actually, they're $4.99 before tax and tip, but you get the gist. National Taco Day plates at El Fenix include two crispy or soft tacos with picadillo beef or chicken, served with rice and beans. 

  |  Only In Your State

The Oldest Restaurant In Dallas – Fort Worth Has A Truly Incredible History

El Fenix Mexican Restaurant has indisputably claimed Dallasites’ hearts and appetites with its consistently delicious and affordable food. In fact, it’s so good that it recently celebrated its 99th year of operation! In a time where downtown Dallas restaurants come and go as tastes and trends change, El Fenix remains in its original location, which opened in 1918 (although additional restaurants have since been added). Today, its humble beginnings and rich history has earned it and iconic status in Dallas and is credited as “the original Tex-Mex.”

  |  GuideLive

Hot deal: Enchiladas cost 99 cents at El Fenix in downtown Dallas on Sept. 14

El Fenix restaurant near downtown Dallas is celebrating the 99th birthday by selling 99-cent cheese enchilada plates on Thursday, Sept. 14. (That's one cent more than last year's deal, and two cents more than the year before that. There's a "99" theme, see, and that's still one heck of a deal.)

  |  The Weekend Gourmet

The Weekend Gourmet Hits the Road: Weekend Road Trip to Dallas Part I

Lucky for us, legendary Dallas Tex-Mex restaurant El Fenix shares a parking lot with the Perot! That makes it super easy to enjoy a delicious meal or afternoon pick-me-up before or after a visit to the museum. El Fenix margaritas have been named Best in Dallas many times, so we decided to give the original and strawberry versions a try. They definitely desere their accolades -- they're lightly sweet and just potent enough to be fun without giving you a headache!

  |  Eater Dallas

An Eater's Guide to Dallas

Since its portrayal in the eponymous and infamous 1970s-era soap opera, Dallas has seen an incredible amount of change. The home of Neiman Marcus, the legendary State Fair of Texas, and America's Team, the Big D also boasts a thriving and diverse culinary scene that can sometimes fly under the national radar. This guide will help you get to the heart of Dallas' unique culinary identity.

  |  Star Telegram

Hatching dinner plans: Central Market launches green-chile fest

El Fenix: The Mexican-food chain is doing a limited-time Hatch Chile Festival, and keeping it pretty basic: Hatch green chile & chicken enchiladas, queso blanco enchiladas, roasted Hatch queso blanco and a green-chile-infused margarita. 

  |  Zagat

15 Restaurant Families You Need to Know in Dallas–Fort Worth

In 1911, Miguel Martinez left Mexico and settled in Dallas. Four years later he met and married Faustina Porras and together they had eight children. In 1916, he opened Martinez Cafe, which began serving what would become known as Tex-Mex by the time the restaurant changed names to El Fenix two years later. 

  |  Zagat

20 Dishes to Eat to Call Yourself a True Dallasite

For 99 years, this Tex-Mex plate has been synonymous with the word enchilada in Dallas. Wisconsin cheddar and diced onions fill corn tortillas that are topped with a luscious chili con carne for an ooey-gooey feast that includes refried beans and Mexican rice. Better still, the dish can be had every Wednesday for just $5.99.

  |  GuideLive.com

20 essential restaurants in or around downtown Dallas

It isn't fancy. But it is traditional Tex-Mex, sold for low prices at a Dallas institution that's been around for nearly 100 years. If you've never had Tex-Mex, El Fenix is a great place to start.

  |  White Rock Lake Weekly

El Fenix employee more than waiter, he’s a friend

What happens when your enchilada dinner is served with such warmth and zest that you return to the restaurant anticipating not only the meal, but also the server? 

That is how Lake Highland’s resident Roger Melton and his wife Sue feel about Rocky Mendez who has been waiting tables at El Fenix in Casa Linda for the past 17 years.

  |  Restaurant Business

Restaurant Menus Spotlight Seafood for Lent

At El Fenix, the Frescas del Mar promotion runs from March 6 through April 30, offering customers a bit of the unexpected. Among the four limited-time items are Ceviche Fresco, an appetizer of marinated whitefish, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro and lime served with chips ($6.99). The same ceviche is menued as an entree salad ($10.49). For heartier appetites, there’s Seafood Diablo ($12.49), a fish stew enriched with potatoes, corn, squash and bell peppers, and grilled Saltillo Whitefish with a roasted tomato chili sauce ($11.49).

  |  GuideLive.com

National Margarita Day

El Fenix Mexican Restaurants are celebrating National Margarita Day for an entire week. All day, every day, from Friday, Feb. 17, to Sunday, Feb. 26, El Fenix its Original Margaritas (rocks or frozen) for just $2.99.

  |  DFW.com

Where to Dine for Valentine's Day 2017 in DFW

From Feb. 10 through 19, El Fenix will offer a $24.95 “Lover’s Special” consisting of an appetizer combo (guac, queso, chips and salsa) and fajitas for two. (You’ll need a coupon, which will be available beginning Feb. 10 at elfenix.com/offers.) No matter what entree you order on Valentine’s Day itself, you’ll get a heart-shaped sopapilla for dessert. Awww ...

  |  D Magazine

Ten Restaurants That Changed America

And what if we were to ask the same question for Dallas? What establishments would make our short list?

For its contributions to Tex Mex, El Fenix...


Celebrate National Taco Day at El Fenix

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, El Fenix invites taco lovers everywhere to come in and create their own Taco Plate for just $4.98. Choose a soft or crispy taco shell to stuff with either beef picadillo or seasoned chicken, and enjoy it with a generous side of rice and beans.

Taco bout a delicious offer!

  |  Dallas Eater

An Eater's Guide to Dallas

There’s nothing that Big D does better than plates of enchiladas, fajitas, and glorious, glorious queso. Head to Mia’s Tex-Mex for a locally beloved plate of brisket tacos (don’t forget the gravy!) or try the original, El Fenix, founded in Dallas in 1910.

  |  GuideLive.com

El Fenix's anniversary means 98-cent enchiladas on Thursday

Tex-Mex may be one of the Lone Star State's greatest contributions to American dining. Just ask anyone who's moved out of state: A side of queso is not the same delicious bowl of liquid cheese in other parts of the country.

But where did this offshoot of Mexican cuisine originate? Many credit Dallas-born chain El Fenix.

  |  Thrillist

The Absolute Best Deep-Fried Foods You Can Find in Dallas

Nothing tops off a fantastic Tex-Mex meal than a plate full of steaming-hot sopapillas, and this legendary local legend has perfected the fried-dough dessert.

  |  Dallas Eater

13 Awesome Dallas Restaurants for Your Wedding Day

Dallas's oldest Tex-Mex restaurant is also a pretty nice wedding venue, thanks to a cool rooftop deck that boasts skyline views. Plus, your guests will no doubt appreciate the presence of margaritas and queso — it beats the hell out of your typical wedding food.

  |  Dallas Observer

30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die

There were cries of foul when El Fenix was sold in 2008 to an investment group after 90 years as a family-owned business, but the legacy of the Dallas-based restaurant chain remains intact. El Fenix perfected the Tex-Mex combo plate and helped popularize the food throughout the state and eventually the nation as chains popped up in other cities and emulated the El Fenix model. Generations of families have dined at El Fenix since it was first opened in 1918 by Mike Martinez and return regularly for heart-melting portions of cheese enchiladas and tortilla chips that are perfectly crunchy down to the last crumb.