Special Report

The Best Mexican Restaurants in Every State

Source: Photo by Jp. M via Yelp

Oklahoma
> Restaurant: Pepe Delgados
> Location: Norman
> Yelp rating: 4.5

Some Yelp comments: “Amazing food,” “lots of salsa options and all are delicious!,” “great Mexican food…always good and fresh,” “Everything on the menu is truly incredible & the staff is always friendly…& you will NEVER leave hungry (trust me).” In addition to more usual items, the menu offers vegetarian nachos, tacos, and burritos. The restaurant is not currently offering delivery, but notes on its Facebook page that “We offer curbside pickup as well as regular take out, and the safe distance dining room is open!”

Source: Courtesy of Nuestra Cocina

Oregon
> Restaurant: Nuestra Cocina
> Location: Portland
> Yelp rating: 4.5

This chef-owned restaurant offers a smallish menu with a number of unusual dishes, including crispy lollipop chicken wings with black mole, smoked mushroom and cactus tacos, grilled Spanish goat cheese in banana leaves with pumpkin seed salsa, and tamarind-marinated Mexican white prawns. The tortillas are fresh-made in-house. A statement on the restaurant website reads “We want you to feel comfortable so whatever works best for you: take-out or dine-in. We are happy to have your support. Face masks are REQUIRED while in & around the restaurant.”

Source: Courtesy of La Palapa Mexican Kitchen & Mezcal Bar

Pennsylvania
> Restaurant: La Palapa Mexican Kitchen & Mezcal Bar
> Location: Pittsburgh
> Yelp rating: 4.5

“The service was fantastic, the food was delicious and the margaritas were the best I’ve had in a long time,” according to one Yelp reviewer, writing about this food truck-turned-restaurant. Another wrote: “Easily some of the best Mexican food I’ve had outside of the Southwest. Tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, everything I’ve tried has been delicious.” And a third said simply, “The food, drinks, service, ambience, and price are all exemplary.” A note on the restaurant website promises that “We are taking extra precautions…to better serve our customers with the care you need.” Dine-in, takeout, and delivery are all available.

Source: Courtesy of Bandidos Mexican Restaurant RI via Facebook

Rhode Island
> Restaurant: Bandidos Mexican Restaurant
> Location: Cumberland
> Yelp rating: 4.5

One local diner at this self-styled “family” restaurant and bar near Pawtucket told Yelp readers what she likes about this place: “Great chicken chimichangas, awesome shredded beef burrito! Refried beans!? I didn’t realize that they could be so good.” Another Cumberland diner wrote “This place hands down gets a 5 star rating!”

Source: Photo by Angelina C. via Yelp

South Carolina
> Restaurant: Carmen y Juan
> Location: Mount Pleasant
> Yelp rating: 4.5

Tacos, burritos, tostadas, tortas…There are no surprises on the menu here — but reviewers posting to Yelp hail the “exceptional” mole enchilada, “very good” carnitas and “amazing” carnitas street tacos, and “just right” beans and rice, among other things. “I’m from Los Angeles and my husband is half Mexican,” wrote one commentator, “so I’m hard to please when it comes to Mexican food but this place is amazing.”