On the eve of Mexican Independence Day in 1918, Mexican immigrant Miguel “Mike” Martinez and his wife, Faustina “Mama Cha-Cha” Martinez decided to turn their original modest cafe into a true dining experience, El Fenix. What once started off as a restaurant serving American food soon turned into a chain with menus full of combination plates that married Mexican and American flavors, eventually setting off what we know today as Tex-Mex. Generations of locals can still remember having their first enchilada at El Fenix, and to this day, the restaurant honors this legacy by hosting an Enchilada dinner special every Wednesday.

El Fenix

1601 McKinney Ave Downtown #1 Dallas, TX 75202