Dallas >Food & Dining > Avila's Mexican Restaurant
4714 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX | Directions 7521932.814245 -96.825428
Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 10am-8pm, Mon-Thu: 11am-9pm
Neighborhoods: Northwest Dallas/Love Field
Avila's is the definitive Tex-Mex restaurant in the same way that Katz's is the consummate deli, or Kreuz Market the archetypal Texas barbecue. It may not be the best, or it may be, but either way it's what that kind of food is all about. Oh, and it's awesome, by the way.
Rude & Incompatent – So we get to the restaurant and tell them how many we will be seating. The seat us fairly quickly, but after a few minutes of waiting for the rest of our party to show the tell us that they have a large part of 10 coming in soon and that my party of 8(minus 2 people making there to the place) will need to hurry. So after about 10 minutes our remaining party members show and the staff rushed us to place our orders. So we accommodate them. We rush our orders in and while waiting we receive out appetizers of guacamole and queso. Both of which were flavorless, I mean you could have gotten better stuff from Taco Bell or Taco Bueno, So after eating our over priced flavorless appetizers we end up waiting about a total of 45 minutes waiting for our main courses. Ok so we get the food and proceed to try and enjoy our parties company and food, but I have to say that honestly we could have gotten better food from Pancho's Mexican buffet at 1/5th the price. The food is OVER priced as well as overrated by D magazine and Guy Fietti of the Food Network. I will NOT go back for my birthday again next year, nor will I ever return let alone recommend anyone to eat at that closet sized restaurant. DO NOT EAT HERE!!!!!!! I PROMISE YOU'D BE BETTER OFF EATING CONCESSION stand nachos or a frozen mexican style tv dinner. The employees are rude and the food S U C K S!!!!!
Tried and true mexican food! – This has quickly become our favorite mexican restaurant. The brisket tacos and tamales are very flavorful. The food is not laden with lard and grease like some tex-mex. If you're vegetarian check out the spinach enchiladas or black bean enchiladas. Margaritas are perfect.
Great Food – The tamales are great, just like my abuelitas. Not your typical greasy tex-mex. It's a no frills place, but delivers great quality dishes!
Never had a table bussed into my lap before – The mole was watery, the chicken in it practically nonexistent. The tortilla soup was weak, the chicken in it completely nonexistent! My MIL waited for tea to be brought the first time...til we reminded twice. Then she waited for a refill, til we reminded twice AND I finally got the attention of [the owner?] and indicated "the lady has been waiting _quite_ some time."
Shouldn't have paid more than $5.99 Taqueria [unnamed] price for the entrees they served us for $10+/each. In all honesty, it's our own fault for staying. We should've left just after being seated, asking the staff twice to wipe down the dirty table at which we found ourselves, and then had the crumbs, queso, meat pieces and salsa wiped *directly* into my lap.
Don't go. You'll enjoy yourself more at one of Dallas' other eateries.
Excellent Chile Relleno – Their chile rellenos are not covered in the egg batter, very light and flavorful. Brisket tacos are great and guiso is too. I've been a fan of the place since I moved here 5 years ago. I tried a lot of the tex-mex places on Maple, but this place was the best!!
Great Mexican Food – In it's 20 yr. history it's Avila's consistently served great food! It easy enough to see that the kitchen not only serves up fresh food, but it's impeccable. Don't know what these people are referring to, but we are regulars and by all accounts, including great reviews in the Guide, Texas Monthly, D Magazine, etc., it's a great place.
DON'T DO IT!!! – do i start with the insect (rhymes with coach) or the service? i'll start with our very large, unwelcome friend who made a lap and half around the dining room before anyone attempted to get rid of it. MY DATE was the hero of the evening. there was not a single apology to any of the dozen or so customers in the restaurant. and then as if i didn't need a beer bad enough, it was forgotten....twice. no one noticed that my drink hadn't arrived until the check did. it was then scratched off the ticket with.....no apology.
DON'T RISK IT!
Would not ever go again!!! – There was a two inch insect running around at dinner tonight. The owner did not even apologize. Aside from the wonderful four legged friend, the food was bland and tasteless - unheard of for a Mexican restaurant!! It was our first time there and was VERY disappointed.
Avila family serves its own fresh, from-scratch Tex-Mex dishes in venerable Little Mexico. – In Short
From the outside, Avila's looks like a house, with seemingly limited parking (there's more in back). The unassuming exterior hides one of Dallas' most popular Tex-Mex spots. Favorite standards include the chicken mole and spinach enchiladas. But seek out blackboard specials such as brisket gorditas--thin pancakes filled with tender, slow-cooked brisket--and chili rellenos, universally praised because they're baked, not fried. Charming Ricardo Avila mans the front door; his mom Anita oversees the kitchen.
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