Special Report

The Best Mexican Restaurants in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Xicamiti La Taquería Bistro

Colorado
> Restaurant: Xicamiti La Taquerí­a Bistro
> Location: Golden
> Yelp rating: 5

It’s “street Mexican cuisine” at this taquería, tequilería, and mezcalería in a strip mall in the Rocky Mountain foothill town of Golden. Yelpers say: “It is some gooood Mexican food,” “one of the best authentic taco restaurants,” and “This place is unreal…ranked number 1 in my heart.”

Source: Courtesy of Aztec Grill & Grocery

Connecticut
> Restaurant: Aztec Grill & Grocery
> Location: North Haven
> Yelp rating: 4.5

Offering gorditas, chalupas, alambres, huraches, and sopes, as well as better-known choices like nachos and an array of tacos, this counter-service place offers “good authentic Mexican food on a budget,” writes one Yelp fan. “Awesome authentic Mexican food made in a small place by real people,” offers another.

Source: Photo by Brittany K. via Yelp

Delaware
> Restaurant: Los Portales
> Location: Middletown
> Yelp rating: 4.5

Tacos come soft or crisp, with corn or flour tortillas, in half-moon shape or rolled, and even in salad form at this “hidden gem” and “perfect Mexican restaurant” (according to Yelp). The guacamole and fresh salsa get high marks, too, and the churros are “out of this world.”

Source: Courtesy of Casa Maya Grill by Emilio Dominguez

Florida
> Restaurant: Casa Maya Grill
> Location: Deerfield Beach
> Yelp rating: 4.5

As one visitor to this “amazing” and “friendly” restaurant in a Boca Raton suburb puts it on Yelp, “Big portions, very reasonable prices, great menu, good margaritas for $8 — can’t beat that.” Octopus ceviche, poc chuc (sour-orange-marinated pork), fajitas, and crisp-fried tuna tacos are among the more unusual items on the menu. The restaurant is currently open for pickup orders and offers free delivery within a 5-mile radius.

Source: Courtesy of Taqueria La Oaxaquena

Georgia
> Restaurant: Taquerí­a La Oaxaqueña
> Location: Jonesboro
> Yelp rating: 4.5

Mexican street tacos with 10 different fillings plus three American-style tacos are on the menu at this restaurant just south of Atlanta. But it’s the Oaxacan specialties — like chicken in mole sauce and tlayudas (a bit like pizzas on oversize corn tortillas) — that make this place stand out. “The mole sauce was as rich as it looked,” reported a visitor from California on Yelp. “The beef tongue was tender without being mushy like many places. The hand made tortillas were icing on the cake.”