If you want to hear about the history of the fajita, nay, the history of Tex-Mex in Dallas, you’re going to want to talk to the Cuellars. They are certainly a huge part of what makes Tex-Mex what it is today. Ever heard of a little place called El Chico? Yeah I think you have. The Cuellars are basically the first family of Tex-Mex. That’s why, upon getting an invite to try Cuellar’s Fajita Ranch out in Plano, I brought out the fam and we got our fajita on.
Fajita-wise, for our table, the grilled chicken was clearly a winner, juicy and flavorful. I was also a fan of the wide choice of sides over the typical beans-and-rice offering on most Tex-Mex menus. I was able to get a salad to start and make sure my kiddos ate some broccoli, too.
Cuellar’s is all about classic Tex-Mex dishes, elevated a bit beyond the typical. They call it “Ranch-Mex:” ribeye fajitas, seafood enchiladas, and a humungous chicken fried steak are all going to be vying for your attention. Margaritas were large and typically strong.
Then there are the churros. You’re going to want to save a bit of room for those. They come simply-arranged like stems of flowers in a beer mug with a sweet little side of caramel. But damn, they’re good.
Cuellar’s Fajita Ranch // 3310 N. Central Expressway // fajitaranch.com
Disclaimer: Big thanks to the folks at Cuellar’s Fajita Ranch for having my family out to eat with theirs. Our meal was comped but as always, my opinions cannot be swayed by free food.