Mexican Restaurants Near Me

We love Mexican food and Mexican restaurants. Mexican food offers an unmatched spectrum of flavor from the fierceness of chile peppers to the tart flashes of lime juice to the depth of mole sauces that don’t require heat to be fully captivating. From slow cooked meats like pork and cabrito to grilled seafood like shrimp and tilapia to vegetables and cheese that carry the day all on their own. From the crunchy, salty chips with cold salsa, warm salsa, red salsa, green salsa or chunky guacamole, served simply or with fruity-crunchy add-ins, we love it all. While variations on the same tortilla are used everywhere, the shapes, textures and fillings possibilities are as endless as the places that present them – from the humble taco stands to the ornately decorated rooms with adobe walls that look hundreds of years old. Whether fully authentic or 1980s Tex-Mex, Mexican food is satisfying and fun. We strived for that diversity in our roundup the best Mexican restaurants in America, so come along and see which ones you need to try immediately.

2015/04/15
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  • Soluna
    Location
    7959 Broadway St, Ste 204, San Antonio, TX 78209
    Phone
    (210) 930-8070
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:8:00AM - 9:00PM
    Mon:11:30AM - 9:00PM
    Tue:11:30AM - 10:00PM
    Wed:11:30AM - 10:00PM
    Thu:11:30AM - 10:00PM
    Fri:11:30AM - 10:00PM
    Sat:8:00AM - 11:00PM
    Soluna Detail Page >

    This family-run eatery hailed by Texas Monthly as one of the five best Mexican restaurants in all of Texas is deftly straddling the line between traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex. For fans of the latter, enchiladas bursting with queso, grilled corn tortillas stuffed with pork and potent, well crafted margaritas fit the bill. Those seeking more south-of-the-border authenticity feast on Chef Gerardo Calvillo’s chile en nogada (poblano filled with ground meat, aromatics and the namesake walnuts) and a deep lineup of seafood dishes. A demonstration tortilla stand showcases the craft with which the core items are made. You couldn’t ask for a more relaxing dinner than to sit amidst antique statues and lush greenery on the secluded patio.

  • Guajillo's The Shortcut to Mexico
    Location
    1001 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78213
    Phone
    (210) 344-4119
    Categories
    Mexican,Seafood
    Business Hours
    Sun:12:00PM - 8:30PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 9:30PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 9:30PM
    Wed:11:00AM - 9:30PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 9:30PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 10:30PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 10:30PM
    Guajillo's The Shortcut to Mexico Detail Page >

    You’ll taste the namesake pepper jumping out from your salsa at this Castle Hills restaurant that’s more Mexican than Tex-Mex, though queso can be added to any taco. Boasting “San Antonio’s only Mexico City kitchen,” Guajillo’s specializes in cuisine from Mexico’s interior regions. Tacos get served open faced, with six spread across the bottom of the plate, covered by authentic sirloin steak or marinated pork loin al pastor. More ambitious fare ladles chicken with sweet and spicy poblano mole sauce and shreds it in hearty stews. Texas Monthly recommends the albóndigas: hand rolled beef meatballs filled with crumbled egg and rice in a complex chipotle sauce. At the bustling noon hour, lunch specials make the ordering easier while maintaining high quality and higher flavor.

  • Birrieria Zaragoza
    Location
    4852 S. Pulaski Road (49th & Pulaski), Chicago, IL 60632
    Phone
    (773) 523-3700
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:8:00AM - 4:00PM
    Mon:10:00AM - 7:00PM
    Tue:10:00AM - 7:00PM
    Wed:10:00AM - 7:00PM
    Thu:10:00AM - 7:00PM
    Fri:10:00AM - 7:00PM
    Sat:8:00AM - 7:00PM
    Birrieria Zaragoza Detail Page >

    Located in the heart of Archer Heights near the Midway International Airport, this family-owned eatery specializes in birria, a traditional spicy goat stew from the Mexican state of Jalisco. The lean yet succulent meat from farm-raised, organically fed goats is served on plates and in tacos and quesadillas. The tiny dining room has only a handful of tables, but the best seats in the house are on the counter stools facing the open kitchen; watch the tortillas being made as you feast on impossibly fall-apart tender meat that also happens to be healthier than chicken. No matter how you enjoy it, complement the slow roasted goodness with the addictive smoky-spicy salsa de molcajete, served warm, along with a cold can of tamarind soda from Mexico. The Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern was so impressed that he praised Birreria Zaragoza for serving the best goat dish he’s ever had in the United States. Get there early, because they close at 7:00 PM.

  • Gracias Madre
    Location
    8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Phone
    (323) 978-2170
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Wed:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Gracias Madre Detail Page >

    This stunner in West Hollywood honoring the “mothers who work tirelessly in the kitchens of Mexico” is stylish,sophisticated and even romantic, especially in the enclosed, dimly lit patio after sunset. And spiritual: at an altar on the way out, you’re invited to write a prayer to be placed in the outdoor fireplace. Oh, and it’s completely vegetarian – not that carnivores won’t be able to find delicious options among the grilled broccolini, seared cauliflower tacos, sautéed squash tamales and coconut ceviche tostadas. If not, an aged cheese plate should stave off the hunger before an unscheduled trip to In-n-Out. But even with all of the menu creativity, it might just be the simple things they do best; the fresh guacamole is among the most desired in the city. Gracias Madre’s house margaritas and specialty cocktails are a strong suit, and there are more than 100 tequilas and mezcals available, so if the vegetarian thing isn’t your thing, consider drinks and guac on the patio as the perfect

    way to unwind on a summer evening.

  • Los Lupes Restaurant
    Location
    1400 N Industrial Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
    Phone
    (214) 939-3725
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
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    Los Lupes Restaurant Detail Page >

    Another long time Dallas favorite for Mexican is this Design District hole-in-the-wall with multiple suburban outposts. Started in 1972, the family-owned restaurant took its name from the fact that all three generations of the family had someone named Lupe; it’s the oldest of those generations that passed down the traditional recipes that are still in use today, even if it means putting in more effort than the new kids on the block. The original Dallas location isn’t in the ritziest section of town, but the service is friendly and the authentic Mexican fare is affordable and satisfying – especially since their lunch buffet provides unlimited access to tacos, burritos, enchiladas, tamales, beans, rice and more. At the locations that serve breakfast, the migas (eggs with tortillas in a spicy sauce) are a must.

  • Cascabel Mexican Patio
    Location
    1000 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78210
    Phone
    (210) 212-6456
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:
    Mon:10:00AM - 4:00PM
    Tue:10:00AM - 4:00PM
    Wed:10:00AM - 4:00PM
    Thu:10:00AM - 4:00PM
    Fri:10:00AM - 4:00PM
    Sat:10:00AM - 3:00PM
    Cascabel Mexican Patio Detail Page >

    Speaking of patios, here’s another charmer, with picnic tables shaded by grass-hut-style canopies, and Mexican cuisine that’s just as charming. This downtown hole-in-the-wall starts you off with a duo of salsas contrasting fiery chile de arbol with a sweeter, tarter roasted tomatillo, both joined by a complimentary bowl of soup. Pork dishes are a specialty, so you can’t go wrong with the pipián (pumpkin seeds) or the cascabel sauce, or the tacos al pastor. Everything seems to have more flavor here; Cascabel’s rice and beans – usually an obligatory item with minimal effort – deliver more seasoning than at ten other Mexican restaurants combined. There’s no better ending to a meal than Cascabel’s crispy empanada filled with sweet guava.

  • El Siete Mares
    Location
    3831 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207
    Phone
    (210) 436-6056
    Categories
    Mexican,Seafood
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Wed:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    El Siete Mares Detail Page >

    This family-run West Side restaurant isn’t your daddy’s beef fajita joint. As the aquamarine walls both outside and in foreshadow, El 7 Mares is San Antonio’s two-decade destination for Mexican seafood, drawing its bounty from both the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. Choose from a handful of ceviches; the namesake 7 Mares option adds olives to bring an unexpected dimension to the fresh tilapia cured in lime juice. Make like Forrest Gump’s sidekick and try one of fifteen different shrimp options, available fried, grilled, sautéed, stuffed into fish or bacon-wrapped – optionally paired with octopus, oysters or frog leg. Meat lovers will enjoy the more typical beef and chicken tacos, expertly grilled baby goat with diabla sauce, and even a double cheeseburger if all else fails to entice. Mariachi bands add extra atmosphere to what should already be a memorable meal.

  • Taco Taco Cafe
    Location
    145 E Hildebrand Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212
    Phone
    (210) 822-9533
    Categories
    Tex-Mex,Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:7:00AM - 2:00PM
    Mon:7:00AM - 2:00PM
    Tue:7:00AM - 2:00PM
    Wed:7:00AM - 2:00PM
    Thu:7:00AM - 2:00PM
    Fri:7:00AM - 2:00PM
    Sat:7:00AM - 2:00PM
    Taco Taco Cafe Detail Page >
    Photo by instagram.com

    This roomy Alta Vista neighborhood joint has a little extra skip in its step after being showcased on national TV by Guy Fieri; the sign out front claims “the best tacos in America.” They excel at the scratch-made puffy variety that stands up to the richness of beef fillings and heavy seasonings. The lengua (tongue), served in a homemade tortilla, will give you something to talk about, whether you like it or not, but we’re sure you will. The lean meat gets cooked down until it’s so tender, you could cut it with a toothpick. Owner Helen Velesiotis may be Greek, but she has the Mexican classics covered.

  • Taco Mex
    Location
    10658 S Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60617
    Phone
    (773) 734-4321
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:9:00AM - 2:00PM
    Mon:
    Tue:9:00AM - 7:00PM
    Wed:9:00AM - 7:00PM
    Thu:9:00AM - 7:00PM
    Fri:9:00AM - 7:00PM
    Sat:9:00AM - 6:00PM
    Taco Mex Detail Page >

    Recently brought back from the dead, this Mexican eatery in South Deering has a thing for deep fried tacos, but the go-to item among insiders is the piping hot tamales made from a family recipe handed down through the generations. The pork version has just the right amount of heat, while the beef highlights profuse seasoning that doesn’t obliterate the artful ensemble of flavors. The service is hectic at times, yet always friendly. This is another place that you need to get to early, or risk that the tamales will sell out (investigate those fried tacos if they do). We also recommend buying more than you think you need, because they’re so good you’ll be downing them like peanuts.

  • Carnitas Uruapan Restaurant
    Location
    1725 West 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
    Phone
    (312) 226-2654
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:7:00AM - 6:00PM
    Mon:9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tue:9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wed:9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thu:9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Fri:9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Sat:7:00AM - 6:00PM
    Carnitas Uruapan Restaurant Detail Page >

    Since 1975, this Pilsen neighborhood gem has been rocking authentic carnitas in the style of owner “El Guero” Carbajal’s hometown of Uruapan, a city halfway between Mexico City and the Pacific coast. Not merely an afterthought like at most Mexican joints, here it’s the main attraction. Actually, it’s the only attraction on its compact menu, but that means they’re available around the clock and executed to perfection. Cooked for two hours until crisp on the outside and droopily tender on the inside, the pork is sold per taco and per pound, and you can even choose which section of the pig you prefer: loin, shoulder, belly, leg, cracklings; it’s up to you. On weekends, the menu is augmented with delicacies like cactus salad, pork brain tacos, menudo (beef stew) and chicharrones cuisado (cracklings draped in a spicy tomato sauce).

  • El Pollo Giro
    Location
    3823 West 31st Street, Chicago, IL 60623
    Phone
    (773) 847-3907
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:10:00AM - 8:00PM
    Mon:
    Tue:10:00AM - 8:00PM
    Wed:10:00AM - 8:00PM
    Thu:10:00AM - 8:00PM
    Fri:10:00AM - 8:00PM
    Sat:10:00AM - 8:00PM
    El Pollo Giro Detail Page >
    Photo by instagram.com

    This Little Village eatery makes a common practice out of raising the commonly overlooked chicken to new heights. Here, it’s cooked over a live fire, using nothing but charcoal, and done in the manner of Sinaloa, the state on the west coast of Mexico facing Baja Mexico across the Gulf of California. Choose from half or full birds, prepared either naturally or marinated “adobado” style with a robust red chile sauce. Arrive midweek to get the full complement with rice, beans, tortillas, salsa and onions. The chicken is reliably crisp on the outside, juicy within and fully enriched with the spiciness of the seasonings if you get the marinated version. Parking is tough and they don’t take credit cards, so bring a friend to grab takeout and bring cash, but you won’t need much – a meal from here is as affordable as it is delicious.

  • Los Mangos Neveria y Fruteria
    Location
    3058 S Avers Ave (30th St & 31st St), Chicago, IL 60623
    Phone
    (773) 277-7300
    Categories
    Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
    Business Hours
    Sun:7:00AM - 9:00PM
    Mon:7:00AM - 9:00PM
    Tue:7:00AM - 9:00PM
    Wed:7:00AM - 9:00PM
    Thu:7:00AM - 9:00PM
    Fri:7:00AM - 9:00PM
    Sat:7:00AM - 9:00PM
    Los Mangos Neveria y Fruteria Detail Page >

    At some Mexican restaurants, the juices, sodas and dulces are a lucky bonus to end the meal; at this mini chain of dessert shops, that’s the main object. They offer homemade ice creams using proprietary recipes and tropical fruits like mango, lemon and coconut. Look for yogurts and smoothies, plus authentic Latin American treats like paletas (ice creams on a stick made from real fruit) and cholados (icy drinks with condensed milk and fresh fruit). For something sweet, cold and different, try a mangonada, a Mexican fruit drink made with chamoy sauce, mangos, lime juice and chili powder, served with a stick of tamarind to use as a straw. Not just a one trick pony, Los Mangos also has a small selection of tortas and tamales, a perfect prelude to the main event.

  • El Cholo
    Location
    1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
    Phone
    (323) 734-2773
    Categories
    Mexican,Bars
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wed:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    El Cholo Detail Page >

    This legendary family-owned Mexican restaurant with roots in the 1920s has had quite an impact on Mexican cuisine in Los Angeles. Now with a handful of locations and in its fifth generation, El Cholo made its biggest mark six decades ago, when it introduced nachos to the city and then transformed the margarita into a premium drink with an influx of Cuervo 1800 tequila. Today, El Cholo is most famous for an interactive guacamole you prepare yourself “molcajete style” using a traditional mortar and pestle brought to the table. Sit at the Famous Nachos Table and an order of cheese nachos is yours, gratis. The menu not only reads like a who’s who of Mexican staples but lists the years they were introduced at the restaurant, so for a 1984 flashback, go with the sizzling fajitas. For an introductory survey, try the Taste of History combo that presents a cheese enchilada, a rolled beef taco, a chile relleno and a pork tamale, served with rice and refried beans. And don’t forget the margaritas; El Cholo has some in every flavor, era and price range.

  • Diablo
    Location
    3129 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
    Phone
    (323) 666-4666
    Categories
    American (New),Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:9:30AM - 10:00PM
    Mon:12:00PM - 11:00PM
    Tue:12:00PM - 11:00PM
    Wed:12:00PM - 11:00PM
    Thu:12:00PM - 11:00PM
    Fri:12:00PM - 11:00PM
    Sat:9:30AM - 11:00PM
    Diablo Detail Page >
    Photo by wayofthewong

    This hip Silver Lake restaurant deftly straddles Mexican and New American in its menu that uses tacos as a platform to “casually present electrically prepared ingredients.” They certainly plunk interesting fillings inside them, like braised pork belly with crunchy peanuts, fried chicken with maple syrup, ground bison chili with banana peppers, fried Brussels sprouts with Asian pear slaw, and beef barbacoa with passionfruit vinaigrette. Some call it fusion and others call it hipster food; we call it fun. The beer is just as fun, with popsicles served as a garnish-flavorizer that’s a play on the michelada (typically made with beer, lime juice and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers). If beer’s not your thing, they do a pretty mean sangria. The menu changes often based on seasonality and what’s available from local farmers. Diablo offers an upbeat space with a non-ptraditional take on Mexican food and drink that not everyone will love, but the many who do wind up getting hooked.

  • Flor Del Rio Restaurant
    Location
    3201 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90063
    Phone
    (323) 268-0319
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
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    Flor Del Rio Restaurant Detail Page >

    To say that this Boyle Heights eatery specializes in goat would be an understatement; it’s the only thing they do.But to say they do it well would be just as much of an understatement, because they’re maestros of birria, a spicy goat stew done in the style of Zacatecas in central Mexico. The kick of the chiles and the sweetness of cloves are important players in this balancing act, but the star of the show is the fall-apart tender goat that’s jumping with flavor without being gamey. Fork it out or use it as a filling for the corn tortillas that arrive on the side, presented with salsa roja, lime, onions and cilantro. Mexican beers by the bottle are a perfect accompaniment.

  • Guelaguetza Restaurante
    Location
    3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
    Phone
    (213) 427-0608
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:8:00AM - 10:00PM
    Mon:9:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tue:9:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wed:9:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thu:9:00AM - 10:00PM
    Fri:9:00AM - 11:00PM
    Sat:8:00AM - 11:00PM
    Guelaguetza Restaurante Detail Page >

    Look for the bold wall murals on the side of this Koreatown restaurant to find the birthplace of Oaxacan cuisine in Los Angeles. Opened in 1994 by husband-and-wife immigrants and now run by their children, Guelaguetza has earned national attention for their traditional family recipes highlighting authentic Oaxacan ingredients. Start the meal off with family style platters offering a survey of Oaxacan appetizers, but save room for the specialty: chicken, pork and beef dishes served with fragrant and spicy mole sauces. The moles here have such depth and intensity of flavor that they’re hailed as arguably the best in the country and inarguably the best in Los Angeles. An attached market sells three varieties you can take home to impress your friends when cooking Mexican yourself. A triple-threat restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Guelaguetza presents an energetic industrial vibe with live music and a wide-open space serving as a makeshift dance floor. If you need loosening up, the margaritas are strong and the authentic micheladas are fantastic.

  • Avila's Mexican Restaurant
    Location
    4714 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
    Phone
    (214) 520-2700
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 8:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Wed:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Avila's Mexican Restaurant Detail Page >

    Operating since 1985, this family-run Tex-Mex in Oak Lawn is famous for its small environs and big flavors. The authentic Mexican dishes get a Texas drawl from recipes passed down through the generations. The luscious queso is fully on its game, as is the spicy homemade salsa that makes you reach for that beer early and often. Enchiladas are fully mix and match; go Texan with the brisket enchilada with queso sauce, then head south of the border with a chicken enchilada with mole sauce. No matter what you get, the flavor will be north of caliente. Wash it all down with some of the best margaritas in the city.

  • Herreras Cafe
    Location
    4024 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
    Phone
    (214) 528-9644
    Categories
    Tex-Mex,Mexican,Cafes
    Business Hours
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    Herreras Cafe Detail Page >
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    After bouncing around multiple locations on Maple Street, this Mexican legend has settled into new digs in West Dallas that boast larger seating and a popular patio. They’re still serving up some of the city’s spiciest salsa, along with addictive sour cream enchiladas and coma inducing burritos stuffed with sizable chunks of tender, highly flavored beef. While neither groundbreaking nor noteworthy, the food is always solid and hot, the margaritas are always strong, and both are always served with gusto by friendly staff that’s been with them seemingly forever.

  • Ojeda's
    Location
    4617 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
    Phone
    (214) 528-8383
    Categories
    Tex-Mex,Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:10:00AM - 9:30PM
    Mon:10:00AM - 9:30PM
    Tue:10:00AM - 9:30PM
    Wed:10:00AM - 9:30PM
    Thu:10:00AM - 9:30PM
    Fri:10:00AM - 10:30PM
    Sat:10:00AM - 10:30PM
    Ojeda's Detail Page >

    “Serving Tex-Mex food that Texans love so well” since 1969, this family-owned eatery in Oak Lawn isn’t afraid to make it muy caliente, so strap on your napkin for a fuerte-flavored fiesta. If you can’t find anything to catch your fancy on the menu that includes ten different enchilada dinners, fajitas with one of five add-ons, plus tacos, burritos, flautas and chalupas with myriad fillings and two portion sizes each, there’s always the breakfast served all day – if you have the huevos. For dessert, skip the usual flan and head straight to the warm fried goodness of the sopapillas. And on the way out, grab a few candied pecans that’ll have you rethinking peanut brittle - even if you haven’t thought of peanut brittle in twenty years.

  • Mercado Juarez Restaurant
    Location
    1901 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75220
    Phone
    (972) 556-0796
    Categories
    Tex-Mex,Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Wed:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Mercado Juarez Restaurant Detail Page >

    Here’s another Dallas favorite for Mexican that’s not in the most glamorous neighborhood, but there’s plenty of glamour in the multicolored array of marvelous margaritas. Enjoy one with chips served with an intriguing and delicious salsa that’s brought out warm. And this grill-happy hangout goes well past the typical fajitas, serving up sizzling versions of cabrito al pastor, shrimp and vegetables, chicken and shrimp, and adobo chicken and mushrooms. Or go for the Ultimate Parrillada for two that serves two proteins and your own hibachi grill. The joint’s particular prowess with grilled items makes it a good one to splurge on one of their steaks; the Divorciado splits a sirloin in two, covering one in chipotle sauce and the other in poblano.

  • Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe
    Location
    1511 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009
    Phone
    (713) 426-4420
    Categories
    Tex-Mex,Mexican,Cafes,Breakfast & Brunch
    Business Hours
    Sun:8:00AM - 10:00PM
    Mon:8:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tue:8:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wed:8:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thu:8:00AM - 10:00PM
    Fri:8:00AM - 12:00PM
    Sat:8:00AM - 12:00PM
    Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe Detail Page >

    This Northside hole-in-the-wall squeezed between a convenience store and a laundromat is serving up real deal Mexican with big portions and bigger flavors. Look for substantial breakfasts, smoked red salsa, spicier green salsa and well-seasoned beef tacos. The signature fajitas, served with tortillas the size of baseball gloves, supply enough sizzling, flavor-packed meat and to fill them and fill you at the same time. They’re not afraid to empty the spice cabinet here, but you can walk away without feeling like you’ve been bludgeoned with salt. Seafood dishes like snapper al la mostaza and practically anything with shrimp showcase the kitchen’s finesse. Sure, the place could use a cleaning, and you won’t find many tourists, but that’s part of the charm; the combination of flavor and value will have you forgetting about the furniture halfway through the appetizers.

  • Original Ninfa's on Navigation
    Location
    2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003
    Phone
    (713) 228-1175
    Categories
    Tex-Mex,Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:10:00AM - 10:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wed:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Sat:10:00AM - 11:00PM
    Original Ninfa's on Navigation Detail Page >

    This East End restaurant has been serving its own brand of fusion since 1973. Its namesake founder kicked off the 1980s fajitas craze when she introduced Houston – and the world – to Tacos Al Carbon: sliced, char-grilled skirt steak nestled in pillowy tortillas, served with pico de gallo, guacamole and chile con queso. This same dish, also available in a chicken version, is still going strong today, under the guidance of Chef Alex Padilla, whose mother trained under Mama Ninfa as a line cook. All of the staples are here, from tamales to tacos to chile rellenos to enchiladas. But sometimes you need to break from tradition; ambitious fare like the mole-rubbed ribeye steak in chile-garlic butter is a thing of beauty. Ninfa’s has an outdoor patio that’s perfect for kicking back after your meal with a few Mexican bottled beers.

  • Molina's Cantina
    Location
    4720 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
    Phone
    (713) 862-0013
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Wed:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Molina's Cantina Detail Page >

    “A Houston tradition since 1941,” this trio of eateries scattered around town is a pioneer of Tex-Mex cuisine that’s still dazzling its patrons with the addictive Jose’s dip that’s a molten meld of chili con queso and seasoned taco meat ready for chippage. Make it more complex by mixing in pico de gallo, order up a jumbo margarita, and let the fun begin. Tortillas of every shape, size, interactivity and position on the squishy-crunchy spectrum are at the ready, with fillings way past the tasty, especially with a dunk into more of that dip. Molina’s also serves more ambitious grilled fare like chicken with chipotle sauce, tilapia with Caribbean spices and redfish topped with cheese or warm mango salsa.

  • Los Tios
    Location
    9527 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063
    Phone
    (713) 784-0380
    Categories
    Mexican
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    Los Tios Detail Page >

    This five decade legend in the Energy Corridor rolled out Houston’s first ever frozen margarita back in 1975, but the real claim to fame is their cheese enchiladas. The secret is in the queso, a smooth and creamy number similar to Velveeta but with far more impact and far fewer chemicals. Puffy quesos stuffed with mesquite grilled chicken and ladled with chili con carne are soul satisfying eats that accelerate the flow of those margaritas, among other things. The array of tacos, enchiladas, burritos, puffy quesos and chalupas can be dizzying, but a bunch of different combination plates mix and match them to get a good variety.

  • El Real Tex-Mex Cafe
    Location
    1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
    Phone
    (713) 524-1201
    Categories
    Tex-Mex,Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:10:00AM - 10:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wed:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 12:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 12:00PM
    El Real Tex-Mex Cafe Detail Page >

    Chef Bryan Caswell and Texas food author Robb Walsh collaborated to bring authenticity and a more homemade approach to this freewheeling Tex-Mex restaurant in a restored theater in Montrose. All of the Tex-Mex staples are represented: overblown San Antonio style tacos, sizzling beef fajitas, scratch-made enchiladas, lard-cooked beans and more queso than you’ve ever had per peso. Locals rave in particular about the explosively gooey cheese in the enchiladas and the hearty chili con carne on top that becomes heartier if you opt for the bacon version. With not-to-be-missed items like mesquite grilled quail and bacon wrapped shrimp, combinations are the way to go. The popular house burger is a Frito pie offshoot deploying two beef patties, corn chips, refried beans, green chiles and avocado, with an optional fried egg. The atmosphere is fun and lively, with two levels, a colorful space, western movies and an exhibition tortilla making station.

  • Agave Azul
    Location
    4750 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32811
    Phone
    (407) 704-6930
    Categories
    Mexican,Spanish,Cocktail Bars
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 10:00PM
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    Wed:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thu:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 11:30PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 11:30PM
    Agave Azul Detail Page >

    You’ll feel immediately cosmopolitan at this stylish Mexican restaurant that introduced its modern architecture and dramatic blue interiors to West Orlando in 2008. The ceviches are outstanding, particularly the always-available shrimp (an alternate varies seasonally), served in a giant martini glass with limes, onions, tomatoes, jalapeños and sea salt, and finished with a giant leaf of lettuce. Beyond the more expected beef, pork and chicken varieties, the extensive menu offers both fried and grilled fish tacos, as well as shrimp and chorizo. Four kinds of enchiladas, three kinds of quesadillas and more substantial entrees like steaks (skirt, T-bone) and surf & turf (carne asada, shrimp) keep everyone happy while keeping the price tag under $20 across the board. The wine list leaves a little to be desired, so head straight to the more impressive roster of margaritas led by the Cadillac with 1800 Reposado – a tequila made with blue agave aged up to ten years. Pitchers of margaritas are the way to go with a crowd.

  • JJ's Grille
    Location
    2950 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, FL 32806
    Phone
    (407) 802-2947
    Categories
    Mexican,Lebanese
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 10:00PM
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    Thu:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    JJ's Grille Detail Page >

    Hummus and guacamole sharing the same stage? Makes perfect sense to us! This Downtown South eatery is a mash-up of two unlikely cuisines – Mexican and Lebanese – that share the namesake cooking method in a partnership that makes a lot more sense than it seems at first glance. Pita sandwiches and burritos aren’t all that different, so stuff your choice with steak, chicken, pork or eggplant, then add extras like tzatziki (even on a burrito) and pico de gallo (even on a pita). And just like at Chipotle, you can get the proteins served in bowls; here it’s a rice bowl with three different grain options (Mexican and Mediterranean) or a spicy-herby-citrusy tabbouleh and lentils bowl made from a 30-year-old family recipe. Although it’s a casual restaurant, JJ’s prepares all of its items with pride, using naturally-raised meats with no added hormones. The only thing frozen here is the ice in your drink.

  • El Potro Mexican Restaurant
    Location
    4666 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32811
    Phone
    (407) 781-0395
    Categories
    Latin American,Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 10:00PM
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    Fri:11:00AM - 10:30PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 10:30PM
    El Potro Mexican Restaurant Detail Page >

    This stallion of a restaurant near Universal is one of three central Florida locations serving up Mexican fare to hungry locals and tourists. And affordably so, with a popular buffet whose steam tables snort not only at lunchtime every day, but also during primetime for Thursday to Saturday dinner service. Here, you’ll find a great assortment of Tex-Mex classics, with guacamole, a few different enchiladas, hard and soft tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, rice, beans and a few other surprises that vary. For local office workers, the buffet accomplishes the all-important element of speed that trumps the gluttony angle. The dinner version brings more seafood entrees as well as an assortment of desserts both healthy and decadent. But for the best quality and utmost freshness, we recommend ordering off the menu, where specialties like ribeye steaks, chipotle shrimp and two dozen different combination plates offer just as much selection. A small but workmanlike list of Mexican beers gets the job done.

  • Border Grill
    Location
    5695 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
    Phone
    (407) 352-0101
    Categories
    Latin American,Mexican
    Business Hours
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    Mon:11:00AM - 12:00PM
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    Fri:11:00AM - 12:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 12:00PM
    Border Grill Detail Page >

    Don’t let the strip mall location and less-than-exciting environs talk you out of this authentic Mexican eatery that’s another option very close to Universal Studios. Much like the place itself, the menu is small but it executes on all cylinders with Chicago burritos that pack well seasoned, supremely tender beef, pork or shredded chicken. The beans and rice are top notch, but the real star of this ensemble is the accompaniment. The salsa bar gives you a handful of choices with different colors, textures, peppers and heat levels; even the ones that aren’t super spicy have plenty of peppery pop. Tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas and flautas are handled with equal aplomb. The tables are a step up from the humble pizza or Chinese eateries, and spread out to make them comfortable. The self serve refrigerator case stocks a nice variety of bottled Mexican sodas, aguas frescas and imported beers to complete your meal.

  • La Cava del Tequila
    Location
    1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830
    Phone
    (407) 842-1132
    Categories
    Mexican,Bars
    Business Hours
    Sun:12:00PM - 9:00PM
    Mon:12:00PM - 9:00PM
    Tue:12:00PM - 9:00PM
    Wed:12:00PM - 9:00PM
    Thu:12:00PM - 9:00PM
    Fri:12:00PM - 9:00PM
    Sat:12:00PM - 9:00PM
    La Cava del Tequila Detail Page >

    Don’t let the strip mall location and less-than-exciting environs talk you out of this authentic Mexican eatery that’s another option very close to Universal Studios. Much like the place itself, the menu is small but it executes on all cylinders with Chicago burritos that pack well seasoned, supremely tender beef, pork or shredded chicken. The beans and rice are top notch, but the real star of this ensemble is the accompaniment. The salsa bar gives you a handful of choices with different colors, textures, peppers and heat levels; even the ones that aren’t super spicy have plenty of peppery pop. Tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas and flautas are handled with equal aplomb. The tables are a step up from the humble pizza or Chinese eateries, and spread out to make them comfortable. The self serve refrigerator case stocks a nice variety of bottled Mexican sodas, aguas frescas and imported beers to complete your meal.

  • Cafe Coyote
    Location
    2461 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
    Phone
    (619) 291-4695
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 6:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 6:00PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 6:00PM
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    Fri:11:00AM - 6:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 6:00PM
    Cafe Coyote Detail Page >

    Located in Old Town across from a haunted house, Café Coyote is a bustling three-decade haunt of its own for fans of its triple-threat combination of food, drink and atmosphere. They treat tequila seriously here: not only are more than a hundred different varieties available, but Café Coyote is one of only two “tequila houses” certified by the prestigious Academia del Tequila in Mexico City. Just as some fine dining restaurants have sommeliers, Café Coyote has its own tequila ambassador to help patrons select the best choices to suit personal tastes. The food receives just as much attention; tortillas are fresh and very generous with the fillings – even the fresh fish, and the enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas and tamales all follow suit. For something less traditional, try the well-topped, still-crispy carne asada fries; it’s like nachos and poutine had a deliciously beefy baby. As impressive as the Mexican cuisine is, Cafe Coyote is really a feast for all five senses. The aromas are intoxicating as you pass Mexican tortilla ladies performing their craft onsite, demonstrating the traditional made-by-hand method. Mariachi bands, splashing fountains and the overall energy of enthusiastic crowds all add to an exciting atmosphere that should not be missed.

  • Ponces Mexican Restaurant
    Location
    4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
    Phone
    (619) 282-4413
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:
    Mon:11:00AM - 9:00PM
    Tue:11:00AM - 10:00PM
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    Fri:10:00AM - 10:00PM
    Sat:10:00AM - 10:00PM
    Ponces Mexican Restaurant Detail Page >

    This family-owned restaurant in Kensington has been a San Diego favorite for authentic Mexican food ever since Jalisco native Ponce Meza opened the doors in 1969. Now run by the next generation, Ponce’s continues to serve food true to the patriarch’s original recipes, with service that reflects his sense of community. The ordering is easy with combination plates made up of two or three items from cheese-, meat- and bean- filled enchiladas, burritos, tacos, tostadas and tamales. Specialty burritos and tacos add more sophisticated options like Mexican chorizo and egg, shrimp in spicy ranchero sauce, grilled or fried tilapia and guajillo seasoned pork. Specialty dishes elevate the Mex cred even higher with steak picado (beef stew), camarones al mojo de ajo (shrimp in garlic butter sauce) and impeccably crispy pork carnitas. As is customary with great Mexican restaurants, the long list of margaritas and tequilas is equally legendary.

  • Lolita's at the Park
    Location
    202 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
    Phone
    (619) 269-6055
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:8:00AM - 9:00PM
    Mon:8:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tue:8:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wed:8:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thu:8:00AM - 10:00PM
    Fri:8:00AM - 10:00PM
    Sat:8:00AM - 10:00PM
    Lolita's at the Park Detail Page >

    This family-owned East Village eatery near the ballpark is perfect for a post-game meal to celebrate a Padres victory, and it’s one of five different locations serving the same high quality Mexican fare since 1984. Lolita’s at the Park has several TVs, so if you sneak out of the game early to avoid the rush, you can keep up with all the action while downing burritos bigger than your head, along with beer more affordable than at the park. They even have you covered in the morning with a half dozen different breakfast burritos served until 11:00 AM; chorizo & egg and shredded beef & egg get the all-day treatment. Tacos, quesadillas, tostadas and enchiladas are geared to lighter appetites, but the mammoth burritos are really where it’s at. Stuffings aplenty feature shredded beef, chicken, pork carnitas, pork adobada, chile relleno, fish, shrimp, veggie, bean and combinations thereof. The house favorite among specialty burritos is the Tsunami, where carne asada and shrimp collide in one plump package. They can get messy, but the flavor intensity through proper use of seasoning – noticeable heat without getting too crazy – is as much of a hallmark as the generosity.

  • La Puerta
    Location
    560 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
    Phone
    (619) 696-3466
    Categories
    Mexican,Bars
    Business Hours
    Sun:10:00AM - 2:00AM
    Mon:11:00AM - 2:00AM
    Tue:11:00AM - 2:00AM
    Wed:11:00AM - 2:00AM
    Thu:11:00AM - 2:00AM
    Fri:11:00AM - 2:00AM
    Sat:10:00AM - 2:00AM
    La Puerta Detail Page >

    While our previous stop was all about baseball, beer and burritos, this time it’s the three T’s: tacos, tunes and tequila. La Puerta’s collection of tequilas may be the deepest in San Diego, with well over a hundred options ranging from small batch distillers to the household names. Most are from Jalisco, Mexico, the birthplace of tequila. Sinaloa inspired family recipes inform the long lineup of street tacos that deliver traditional fillings like shrimp, carne asada, pork carnitas and adobo pork al pastor; mixing and matching gets you a taste of three different ones. Gourmet tacos up the ante with a few steak options. For a fun take on fries, try the papas fritas La Puerta, topped with your choice of taco meats; it’s a great partner to a margarita made with real juice and fresh squeezed limes. Saturday and Sunday brunches offer fusion fare like carne asada and pancakes, plus authentic Mexican dishes like sopa de pozole with stewed pork and hominy. Daily happy hours offer half price deals on drinks and apps; come on Mondays and pay half price all night long. The music is loud and upbeat, giving La Puerta the feel of a dance club.

  • Oscar's Mexican Seafood
    Location
    703 Turquoise Street, San Diego, CA 92109
    Phone
    (858) 488-6392
    Categories
    Mexican,Seafood
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    Oscar's Mexican Seafood Detail Page >

    Head to North Pacific Beach for this fish focused Mexican hole-in-the-wall (literally) that exudes a food truck vibe – just look for the food truck mural on the outside wall. There’s not much seating to be had inside, but strategically placed al fresco stools, counters and picnic tables do the trick. Endure the lines for bountiful tacos jammed with smoked fish, octopus, scallops, skirt steak and surf & turf combos; the only reason to bypass the must-have jumbo shrimp is because you prefer its succulence in the lightly battered appetizer format. A do-it-yourself hot sauce bar lets you customize the heat level to your liking. There’s no beer, but the Batch soda fountain supplies refreshment for days with free refills. Breakfast burritos and tortas with smoked fish, eggs, bacon and chorizo are instant energy infusers before a day of surfing.

  • El Autentico Sinaloense Pollos Asados
    Location
    5303 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340
    Phone
    (770) 986-7752
    Categories
    Mexican,Chicken Wings,Fast Food
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    El Autentico Sinaloense Pollos Asados Detail Page >

    Grilled chicken is on the menu at this great little place in a Buford Highway strip mall. The meat here is marinated with a blend of oranges and lemons, and fire-grilled, not unlike the chicken sold at the California-based chain El Pollo Loco, which does in bulk what this charming little restaurant does by itself. Whether you'd like your chicken in a burrito or a taco or you'd just like to enjoy a half-chicken with a cup of ceviche, it's all delicious.

  • El Rey del Taco
    Location
    5288 Buford Hwy Ne, Doraville, GA 30340
    Phone
    (770) 986-0032
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:10:00AM - 5:00AM
    Mon:10:00AM - 5:00AM
    Tue:10:00AM - 5:00AM
    Wed:10:00AM - 5:00AM
    Thu:10:00AM - 5:00AM
    Fri:10:00AM - 5:00AM
    Sat:10:00AM - 5:00AM
    El Rey del Taco Detail Page >

    Across the street and a few blocks south, you'll find Atlanta's heavyweight champion in late-night tacos. Martin Macias's sprawling, celebrated restaurant is no-frills and often packed, and used to be open 24 hours until the owner agreed that maybe a little bit of downtime would be good for the place, so they close in the middle of the night for about three hours to refresh. Expect sports on TV, big crowds, and terrific food. El Rey is a go-to standby on Buford Highway, and, with good reason, shows up on anybody's lists of their favorite restaurants on this corridor.

  • Taco Loco
    Location
    601 Powder Springs St, Marietta, GA 30064
    Phone
    (678) 402-5838
    Categories
    Mexican
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    Taco Loco Detail Page >

    The building may not look like much and the parking lot may look like even less, but if you're looking for excellent tacos along Powder Springs Road, this is a neat choice. One of the many reasons that I enjoy this restaurant is that they're happy to make guests comfortable even if their idea of tacos still comes from one too many "runs to the border" at an American chain. If you'd like your taco with tripe with onions and cilantro, but your friend would like ground beef with lettuce and cheese, they'll gladly serve both. And tradition be darned, the nachos here are downright wonderful.

  • El Taco Veloz
    Location
    5670 Roswell Rd Ne, Atlanta, GA 30342
    Phone
    (404) 252-5100
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:7:00AM - 12:00PM
    Mon:7:00AM - 12:00PM
    Tue:7:00AM - 12:00PM
    Wed:7:00AM - 12:00PM
    Thu:7:00AM - 12:00PM
    Fri:7:00AM - 12:00PM
    Sat:7:00AM - 12:00PM
    El Taco Veloz Detail Page >

    This fun little chain, with six locations, has been around for about twenty years, and their servers work at lightning speed to prep orders. Some locations have a little more seating than others; it's great fun to enjoy a greasy, packed-to-the-gills chicken burrito and take your time with it while watching the kitchen work magic. One of the first locations for this chain was in the northern suburb of Roswell, which is also home to our next entry...

  • Tacos Linda Vista
    Location
    10495 Alpharetta Hwy, Roswell, GA 30075
    Phone
    (678) 352-0990
    Categories
    Mexican,Tacos,Breakfast & Brunch
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    Tacos Linda Vista Detail Page >

    State Route 120, which runs north from Marietta through Roswell and into Alpharetta, had once been the home of several national fast food chains. As business ebbed and these shuttered in the early 1990s, they left empty buildings behind for what's become known as the "Roswell Taco Trail," a strip of seven or eight competing restaurants. Each one has its champions, and spending a day comparing and contrasting the meals at each is a terrific day out, but Tacos Linda Vista, with its breakfast offerings and awesome tortas, settles most arguments.

  • Taqueria el Milagro
    Location
    2714 Shallowford Rd NE, Chamblee, GA 30341
    Phone
    (770) 458-0702
    Categories
    Mexican
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    Taqueria el Milagro Detail Page >

    This little place on Shallowford Road, conveniently just off I-85, is among the small group of restaurants that looked over a typical American-Mexican menu and said "Sure; we can do that," and then they did it themselves without larger, corporate recipes or the same food suppliers that the larger chains use. They make everything from scratch and you can absolutely taste the difference. This is a good starter place for people curious about authentic Mexican cooking but are unsure where to begin.

  • Taquería La Oaxaqueña
    Location
    605 Mt Zion Rd, Jonesboro, GA 30236
    Phone
    (770) 960-3010
    Categories
    Mexican
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    Taquería La Oaxaqueña Detail Page >

    This incredibly neat restaurant originally opened on Spring Road in Smyrna before moving a couple of miles over to South Cobb Drive for a few more months and then apparently vanishing completely. It resurfaced on the other side of the metro area entirely, which was a bit of a surprise to anybody who enjoyed their really tasty tlayuda. This big, tasty flatbread with a black bean sauce and a variety of toppings is common in Oaxacan cooking but mostly unknown in the southeastern US. Tlayudas were the inspiration for the "tostadas" that some fast food chains offer, but the dish is also called,
    erroneously, a Mexican pizza.

  • Taqueria Los Hermanos
    Location
    4760 Lawrenceville Hwy B-3, Lilburn, GA 30047
    Phone
    (678) 380-3727
    Categories
    Tex-Mex,Mexican
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    Taqueria Los Hermanos Detail Page >

    It's very possible that this large place in Lilburn, which has three
    sister stores around Atlanta's northeastern suburbs, might have been
    the very first one in our city to bring homemade recipes and fresh
    ingredients to that standard Mexican-American combo meal menu, when it
    opened in 2000. Because it stuck by that old template, even while
    making food from scratch their own way, their menu is gigantic. It
    will take many meals with friends to see what all this restaurant can
    do. You won't object to multiple visits.

  • Mercado Real De La Villa Meat Market and Taqueria
    Location
    550 Franklin Rd Se, Ste E, Marietta, GA 30067
    Phone
    (678) 214-0505
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:9:00AM - 9:00PM
    Mon:9:00AM - 9:00PM
    Tue:9:00AM - 9:00PM
    Wed:9:00AM - 9:00PM
    Thu:9:00AM - 9:00PM
    Fri:9:00AM - 9:00PM
    Sat:9:00AM - 9:00PM
    Mercado Real De La Villa Meat Market and Taqueria Detail Page >

    This is one of my go-to places in the area. It's in the back of a
    small supermarket in a decrepit strip mall, and easy to overlook.
    Their salsa bar is kind of woeful, but three of these chicken tacos
    and a side of refried beans make just a heavenly good little lunch,
    and almost sinfully inexpensive. Plus you can do a little shopping on
    your way out the door, which is always a plus.

  • Las Tortas Locas
    Location
    345 Pat Mell Rd Se, Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone
    (770) 803-0303
    Categories
    Mexican
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    Las Tortas Locas Detail Page >

    This small chain - they seem to have five locations around town -
    specializes in tortas, those wonderfully filling sandwiches on soft
    bread with a good, crusty edge. One of those bad boys will leave most
    anybody satisfied, but if you have room for a few tacos, you'll get to
    sample one of the greatest salsa bars in the city, with eight or nine
    different vibrantly-colored salsas. Bring friends, bring an appetite,
    and get ready to dig in.

  • Joyride Taco House
    Location
    5202 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012
    Phone
    (602) 274-8226
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 10:00PM
    Mon:11:00AM - 11:00PM
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    Thu:11:00AM - 11:00PM
    Fri:11:00AM - 12:00PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 12:00PM
    Joyride Taco House Detail Page >

    Joyride taco house delivers Mexican cuisine that is fun for the whole family, and fun for a night out on the town. The outdoor seating provides an aura that is unmatched by any other Mexican restaurant in the area. Its perfect for the whole family or for an intimate night for two. But it doesn't end there, the atmosphere is only matched by their amazing cuisine as well. The Crispy Fish and Pork Adobo tacos are some of the signature dishes that Joyride offers, creating a combination of seafood that only matches the zest and spices of the Mexican cuisine it comes with. The fish is cooked to perfect and the pork adobo tacos are marinated and cooked slowly to give you that authentic juicy taste you know and love when it comes to pork adobo. Truly a one a kind experience at Joyride tacos in Phoenix.

  • Barrio Cafe
    Location
    2814 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
    Phone
    (602) 636-0240
    Categories
    Mexican,Cafes
    Business Hours
    Sun:11:00AM - 9:00PM
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    Fri:11:00AM - 10:30PM
    Sat:11:00AM - 10:30PM
    Barrio Cafe Detail Page >

    If you love anything about the Barrio Cafe in Phoenix, it has got to be the outwork that lays outside. It offers a twist on modern artwork with an obvious Hispanic twist that really gives it a young, modern, and chic vibe, all the while serving and entertaining guests for many years. Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza's is one of the premiere Mexican cuisine chefs in the entire state, and if you only get to order one thing from here, it has got to be Chef Silvanas signature dish Chiles en Nogada, which is available year round now. One of the best dishes about this place is the freshly made guacamole, that is made daily and fresh to order. So you can get your crispy tortilla chips and enjoy the fresh guacamole that comes with it. Don't wait too long, because this place is so popular that there will be a long line out the door!

  • Comedor Guadalajara
    Location
    1830 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
    Phone
    (602) 253-8299
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:8:00AM - 8:00PM
    Mon:
    Tue:8:00AM - 3:00PM
    Wed:8:00AM - 8:00PM
    Thu:8:00AM - 8:00PM
    Fri:8:00AM - 9:00PM
    Sat:8:00AM - 9:00PM
    Comedor Guadalajara Detail Page >

    Comedor Guadalajara has been serving the metro Phoenix for many years and you can truly see the difference in their cuisine compared to newer establishments. Since Comedor Guadalajara has been around so long, they know what their customers like, and they know what their customers need, so it only makes sense that the shredded beef tacos are some of the best in the entire city. The beef is marinated in their secret homemade recipe and cooked as its made to order, only to be infused with spices and herbs galore that give these tacos their delicious taste that many love. Even if you aren't a fan of the shredded beef tacos, you're going to love the carne asada. Cooked to perfection, each and every bite will be heaven whether you're enjoying a carne asada burrito or carne asada fries, its cooked to perfection, just like the restaurant itself!

  • Carolina's Mexican Food
    Location
    2126 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85022
    Phone
    (602) 275-8231
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:
    Mon:7:00AM - 8:30PM
    Tue:7:00AM - 8:30PM
    Wed:7:00AM - 8:30PM
    Thu:7:00AM - 8:30PM
    Fri:7:00AM - 8:30PM
    Sat:7:00AM - 8:30PM
    Carolina's Mexican Food Detail Page >

    Carolina's Mexican food has that small town cafe vibe that has a big city taste! They are known especially for their tamales, whether you want beef or chicken, the tamales here are on point. The tamales are so popular, that you can have them cater your next event or party! If tamales aren't' your thing, the chicken tacos bring a taste that only rivals the best and most expensive Mexican restaurants. The chicken is marinated to perfection and grilled right when you order it, and is made with a butter tortilla that will keep you hungry on your way home, or on your way to the seat! We recommend trying the Oaxaca Special, which includes chorizo, potatoes, and beans, which is the perfection combination if you're looking for something savory and sweet at the same time. Te best thing of all, is that the price is always right!

  • Rito's
    Location
    907 N 14th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
    Phone
    (602) 262-9842
    Categories
    Mexican
    Business Hours
    Sun:
    Mon:9:00AM - 4:00PM
    Tue:9:00AM - 5:30PM
    Wed:9:00AM - 5:30PM
    Thu:9:00AM - 5:30PM
    Fri:9:00AM - 5:30PM
    Sat:10:00AM - 4:00PM
    Rito's Detail Page >

    Rito's Market & Mexican Take Out is more than just a market and a take out spot. They offer indoor city and outdoor city if you want to enjoy the sun in Phoenix, and offer a home made, fresh from the grill take on traditional Mexican cuisine that you would expect, plus much much more! There is plenty of open seating int he back for your entire family, and the dish proportions also match the size of your family! The enchiladas are so huge and filling that you wont want to eat anything else for the rest of the day. The enchiladas are filled with beef or chicken of your choice, and sauteed in enchilada sauce and hot sauce, as well as a huge combination of different cheese that will make your taste buds water every time you drive by this restaurant! So come get the good old home town cooking you've been waiting for at Ritos Market and Mexican Take Out.

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