Special Report

The Best Mexican Restaurants in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Abuelita's via Facebook

Virginia
> Restaurant: Abuelita’s
> Location: Richmond
> Yelp rating: 5

The menu specialties here change daily, but include a range of guisos (stews), tamales, empanadas, chiles rellenos, and barbacoa, among other dishes. One fan told Yelp readers that “[T]his is great Mexican comfort cooking like if you had friends from Meico and you were lucky enough to be invited for dinner.” The downside? According to another commentator on the review site, “[P]ortions are huge and will fill you up immediately!”

Source: Photo by Safina H. via Yelp

Washington
> Restaurant: Fogón Cocina Mexicana
> Location: Seattle
> Yelp rating: 4.5

“We ordered the ceviche, carne asada burrito, carne asada plate and guacamole,” wrote a Yelp reviewer visiting from Southern California. “Absolutely delicious. Oh and the margaritas were top notch.” A Texan, meanwhile, liked the “cool bar and delicious food,” and a diner from Chicago called out the (house-made) tortillas, whose “quality and taste definitely show.” The happy hour had gotten raves, too — though it has now been temporarily suspended.

Source: Photo by Michelle H. via Yelp

West Virginia
> Restaurant: Los Amigos
> Location: Charleston
> Yelp rating: 4.5

Nachos galore, a selection of fajitas, and 30 different combination plates ($9.15 each) are among the draws here. Yelp reviewers have said (actually exclaimed) things like “Great food with many vegetarian/vegan options!,” “The best Mexican I have ever had outside of Mexico!,” and “I would recommend this every day of the week!”

Source: Courtesy of Tapatios

Wisconsin
> Restaurant: Tapatíos Cocina Mexicana
> Location: Fitchburg
> Yelp rating: 4.5

Opened in 2018 in this suburb of Madison, this Guadalajaran-inspired restaurant counts Mexican-style skirt steak, char-grilled chicken, and cheese, chicken, or beef enchiladas in red or green sauce among its specialties. “Food was delicious!” enthused one local on Yelp, while another Madison resident admitted that while she doesn’t care for Mexican food in general, she was “blown away” by the place.

Source: Photo by Todd M. via Yelp

Wyoming
> Restaurant: Rodolfo’s Mexican Grill
> Location: Cheyenne
> Yelp rating: 4

A 24-hour-a-day roadside counter-service place serving California-style Mexican fare in a former KFC, Rodolfo’s earns the approval of reviewers posting on Yelp for food that’s “solid, cheap and abundant,” for the “best breakfast burritos in Cheyenne,” and for its “great salsa bar with a bunch of choices to doctor up your food just the way you want it.”