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The Jacksboro Highway leads to good fajitas & this new Tex-Mex outpost near Azle

The Jacksboro Highway has turned into Fajitas Road.

From Mezcales and El Paseo to Azle and beyond, the Tex-Mex restaurants along Texas 199 serve exceptionally smoky, tender fajitas, maybe because the cowboy crowds expect Cowtown-quality beef.

Villa del Sol is the newest stop. It’s owned by relatives from the Rangel family that operate several other nearby Tex-Mex restaurants such as Más Salsa in Springtown.

At midafternoon Sunday, Villa del Sol was still filled with late lunch diners. Word has gotten around about this little cafe in a former real estate office near Russell Feed.

Villa del Sol stood out quickly with thin, light chips and fresh guacamole.

A simple “Dolores H“ combination plate ($9.50) came with a green chicken enchilada made with excellent white-meat chicken. The tamal was better than usual — it’s described as homemade —and topped with a mild, flavorful chili sauce, more gentle than chili con carne.

A beef fajita taco came with exceptionally soft, marinated beef, more tender than typical fajitas.

Commenters on social media praise the fajitas ($13.95, or $16.95 with bacon-wrapped shrimp and ribs). There’s also a $17.95 ribeye platter.

Villa del Sol also serves fajita burritos or enchiladas topped with fajitas.

It’s open for lunch and dinner daily except Monday; 1300 Northwest Parkway St., west of Azle; 817-406-4452.

Villa del Sol is west of Azle near Russell Feed. Bud Kennedy
Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.