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These Restaurants Are Serving Up Some Of The Best Mexican Food From The West Coast To The East Coast

Let’s face it: Mexican food is as American as apple pie. So for this list, we’re touring these United States to find the best places to go. We’ll go to five of the top culinary cities: New York, Austin, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and we won’t stop until we’ve had every taco, every relleno, every….husk meringue?

1. Cosme – 35 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

Source: Cosme, ‘cause you might as well start on the high end. New York Times. Feb 2, 2015.

We’re starting off the list in NYC and we’re going big. Cosme came on the scene with major fanfare, an NYTimes review…and it’s worth it. The only place on this list where you can find husk meringue with corn mousse.

2. Casa Enrique – 5-48 49th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Source: Not your standard tacos at Casa Enrique. Sometimes I Crave. Oct 4, 2012.


Delicious Mexican/pan-Latin cuisine at this popular spot just off the subway in Long Island City (that’s in Queens if you’re not in the know). Try the rojas con crema as an appetizer.

3. El Atroradero – 708 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Source: Frijoles, arroz, and…something tasty. New York Magazine.


This Brooklyn outpost of the Bronx staple brought in a machine from southern mexico to make their tortillas. So, you should start making your way there now.

4. Tacombi Cafe El Presidente – 30 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

Source: Choices choices choices. Digital Image. Time Out NY.


You could spend all day here. No, really. In the morning, it’s a coffee and juice bar. It’s also a restaurant (obvs) and tortilleria. So, spend all day and then take some home.

5. Los Mariscos – 409 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011

Source: Mariscos means seafood, for the uninitiated. Digital Image. Eater New York. Oct. 5, 2016.


Tourists have found Los Mariscos at Chelsea Market, but so what? They found Cronuts, too, and those are still darn good. Wait in line on a hot day, have some ceviche and chill.

6. El Naranjo – 85 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Source: No drooling on the guac at El Naranjo. Digital Image. Pen & Fork. March 20, 2011.


Our culinary journey now takes us south to Austin, TX, land of — OMG look at that guacamole. Is that shredded cheese on top? And those chips!

7. Sazón – 1816 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Source: Sazón. Digital Image. Thrillist.


Not just tacos and burritos at Sazón. A blend of culinary styles from underappreciated areas of Mexico, should you care to try.

8. El Burro – 1105 S Lamar Blvd Unit B, Austin, TX 78704

Source: Cleanliness is next to tastiness at El Burro. Digital Image. Eater Austin. Dec 7, 2016.


Did Austin need another Mexican restaurant? Did Austin need another bar? On this list, anyway, the answer is always…of course!

9. Fonda San Miguel – 2330 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

Source: A giant chile relleno graces the list for the first time. Digital Image. Fonda San Miguel.


Upscale for down-home Austin, Fonda San Miguel’s dishes are as pretty as they are tasty. Either way, that’s saying something.

10. Habanero – 501 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

Source: Not our fault if you bite your screen. Digital Image. Habanero Cafe.


You’re looking at the best Mexican comfort food Austin has to offer. And what’ve you got against comfort?

Read: 24 Times That Prove Latinos Just Don’t Do Basic Snacks

11. Carnitas Uruapan – 1725 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Source: We’d like you to “meat” the Chicago portion of the list. Digital Image. Vice. Oct. *, 2017.


If you didn’t look at all that meat and think, “We must be at Chicago,” you’ve clearly never been there. A pity. The slow-cooked pork is so much the house specialty at this legendary Pilsen spot that they put it in the name.

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12. Topolobampo – 445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610

Source: Topolo–whatever, that looks good. Digital image. Serious Eats. March 8, 2013.


Pictured here is the chilaquiles verde, a house speciality at Rick Bayless’s sequel to the ever-popular Frontera Grill. Tortilla chips with an egg on top? Sure.

Read: These 21 Ways Of Enjoying Sopa De Fideo Are Delicious, Surprising, And Very Different

13. La Chaparrita – 2500 S Whipple St, Chicago, IL 60623

Source: Maybe eat them one at a time. Digital image. Chicago Tribune. May 11, 2016.


Remember how we’re in Chicago? Well La Chaparrita specializes in meats, serving up almost 12 different kinds. And they make their own sausage. Chicago, remember, Chicago.

14. Mi Tocaya Antojería – 2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647, Chicago, IL 60647

Source: Anything that circular has to be delicious. Digital image. Undated.


Just look at those colors! A sunny spot modeled after Mexican street food vendors, this place has found a strong following in the Chi.

Read: Here Are The Best Taquerias California And Texas Have To Offer

15. Cemitas Puebla – 817 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60647

Source: Learn the ways of the Cemita. Digital Image. Chicago Tribune. Sep 28, 2017.


For the uninitiated, a Cemita is a type of sandwich which originated in the southern Mexican state of Puebla. It’s tastiness should be evident in the photo above, so why not make your way to Fulton Market and pick one up.

Read: 19 Dessert Tacos That Will Make Your Mouth Water

16. Cala – 149 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Source: Cala, one of SF’s finest. Digital Image. Focus Snap Eat.


A more experimental, modern take on Mexican cuisine. Different, but delicious. Is it comfort food you seek? Keep reading!

Read: 19 Ways To Make A Taco Without A Corn Tortilla

17. Nopalito – 306 Broderick St San Francisco, CA 94117

Source: Nopalito means nachos. Digital Image. Esquire.com Oct 11, 2009.

Just look at those chips, just look at them! Nopalito started serving what chefs serve for their staff and never looked back.

Read: 20 Destinations In Latin America Anthony Bourdain Visited In Order To Celebrate Culture And Cuisine

18. Mamacita – 2317 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Source: Mamacita, what you’ll be saying when the food arrives. Digital Image. Thrillist.


Tequila and tacos are treated equally at this stalwart SF eatery. Try both, but not at the same, you beast.

19. La Taqueria – 2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Source: La Taqueria, where big data met a big burrito. Digital Image. Sep 10, 2014.


La Taqueria bears the distinction of winning statistics site FiveThirthyEight’s inaugural burrito tournament. That’s it, folks, data does not lie: Best Burrito.

20. Tres Agaves – 130 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Source: Tres Agaves, bumpin’ despite a Giants loss. Digital Image. SFGate.com


Great eats at this neighborhood favorite, near AT&T Park. And a rooftop bar too, where you can drown your sorrows after the Giants lose to the Dodgers again.

21. Guisados – 1261 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Source: Guisados is as good as you keep hearing. Digital Image. Serious Eats.


Best tortillas on the list. We know because we have tried them all. Speaking of trying, when you go to Guisado’s, try the mushroom tacos, the quesadilla and the agua fresca.

22. BS Taqueria – 514 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Source: BS Taqueria, where the wild rumpus starts nightly at 7:05 sharp. Digital Image. Eater LA.


The dining room looks like something out of Where the Wild Things Are, and that’s a good thing. Like it’s big brother restaurant, Broken Spanish, this taco-focused outpost keep things hot.

23. Coni’Seafood – 3544 W. Imperial Highway, Inglewood, CA 90303

Source: Coni’Seafood doing what they do best. Digital Image. LA WEEKLY.


Flight into LAX. Quick Uber to Coni’Seafood in Inglewood. Ceviche. Then we discuss plans.

24. Taco Miendo – 11462 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Source: Taco Miendo like a boss. Digital Image. The Daily Meal.


You could do way worse than an asada taco or two from this mini-chain on LA’s west side. LA is a taco town, so even the dives are top notch.

25. Mexicali Taco & Co. – 702 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Source: Mexicali Taco Digital Image. Bun Boy Eats LA. August 23, 2012.

This place used to be a stand in parking lot. They’ve come a long way, with a brick-and-mortar wedged into a little strip between Echo Park, Chinatown and Downtown. Get a vampiro and thank us in your minds.

Today’s Google Doodle Is All About Lotería And You Can Play A Few Rounds With Your Friends

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Today’s Google Doodle Is All About Lotería And You Can Play A Few Rounds With Your Friends

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Google is pulling on my Mexican heartstrings! The most popular search engine, which from time-to-time uses its homepage logo as an interactive gateway to educate the public about historical figures and cultural traditions, has over the years celebrated Mexican heritage in beautiful and innovative ways. From honoring Mexican-American icon, Selena Quintanilla in 2017 to Frida Kahlo’s 103rd birthday in 2010, Google is doing a remarkable job of paying tribute to the people and traditions close to our Mexican heart. And today’s honor is just as touching. 

Google is celebrating the most beloved game in Mexican communities, the Lotería!

Credit: Google

Perla Campos, Google Doodle’s Global Marketing Lead, is one of the people responsible for pushing Google’s innovation team to celebrate Mexican culture. She’s the one responsible for pushing the Selena Google Doodle for two years before its premiere. She did the same for the Lotería. 

A smile instantly comes to my face every time I think of Lotería,” Campos wrote on the Google page. “I think of being with my extended family in Mexico for the holidays, scattering around my Tia Cruz’s house, anxiously waiting for a round to start. I think of us tossing beans at each other in attempts to distract the other from our boards. Most importantly, I think of the laughter, the excitement, and how all the worries of the world melted away as this game brought us together, even if just for a few hours.”

The Lotería Google Doodle isn’t just a visual that shares the story of its history but also an interactive game that people can play with friends or strangers.

Credit: Google

Google states that this game is their second-ever multiplayer experience. Campos said that Google was looking to incorporate an interactive game and, of course, she told them about the Lotería. 

“Upon being prompted to think of possible interactive Doodles to create for the following year, Lotería almost instantly came to mind,” Campos said. “I wondered: If this simple game was so magical and powerful in its original state, how might that be amplified in the digital space? And so the Lotería Doodle was born.”

Playing the Lotería that we have played all of our lives and playing the Lotería Doodle is two different things. Here’s why. 

Credit: Google

As I launched into a round of Lotería on the Google page, I surely thought I was going to win until I realized the Lotería playing card didn’t have all of the recognizable characters and icons. In other words, Google reimagined the Lotería card — as other artists have also done with the Lotería card — to fit their brand. So, people will see an “emoji” icon or “la concha.” 

What makes this card and game extra special is that the Lotería Doodle was illustrated and created by Mexican artists.

The guest visual artists that worked on the Lotería Doodle include Mexico-based Chabaski, Mexico-born Cecilia, Hermosillo-born Luis Pinto, Los Angeles-based Loris Lora, and Mexico City-based Vals.

It was exciting to collaborate with five Mexican and Mexican-American illustrators to reimagine many of the classic Lotería game art for the Doodle—along with some new cards for a fun sorpresa!” Campos stated on the Googe page. “We also partnered with popular Mexican YouTuber Luisito Comunica, who serves in the iconic role of game card announcer for the Doodle.” 

Each artist also shared their favorite memories of playing Lotería. 

“I remember when I was around 6 years old, my mom and aunts would gather around a table and play for hours until we had to go home,” Chabaski said. “We would bet a couple of pesos, which made it more fun.”

The Lotería Doodle still honors the traditional game and educates a new generation of people about its origins. 

Credit: Google

“Although it has changed a great deal since being officially copyrighted in Mexico on this day 106 years ago, Lotería is still wildly popular today across Mexico and Latino communities, whether as a Spanish language teaching tool or for family game night,” Campos said. 

Okay, so you’re ready to play?!

Credit: Google

Click here and play with friends or strangers. And, if you want to make the game extra exciting play at home with your laptops and include some money for each round. Nothing wrong with making a buck and having fun. 

READ: 25 Times Latinos Have Graced The Google Doodle

‘Selena: The Series’ Finally Has Their Chris Perez And Los Dinos And Fans Are Getting So Excited

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‘Selena: The Series’ Finally Has Their Chris Perez And Los Dinos And Fans Are Getting So Excited

hunterreesepena / jpoes13 / Instagram

‘Selena: The Series’ is coming together and fans are getting more and more good casting news. The Netflix series that dives into Selena Quintanilla’s childhood and early career is slowly but surely rounding out its cast. The show, which will debut at some point in 2020 is getting a dramatic overture, in the sense that every single bit of news related to the show has been drawn out. But we’re not mad. We just wish the series was out already. Here’s the latest development in the show

The cast that will portray Selena’s band, Los Dinos, has been named. Jesse Posey will play Chris Perez.

 Credit: jpoes13 / Instagram

Jesse Posey, not to be confused with his older brother, actor Tyler Posey, will be Selena’s love interest, Deadline reports. The Santa Clarita, California, native could previously be seen in “Stitchers,” the 2017 TV series. His brother, Tyler, is definitely the more famous of the two. You may have seen him in the series “Teen Wolf” and as J.Lo’s son in “Maid in Manhattan.” So we’re really excited to see what his younger brother will bring to the table as Chris Perez. Those are some big shoes to fill because the love between Chris and Selena was undeniable. Jesse is also a musician, which is perfect for this part. 

Julio Macias will play Pete Astudillo, the recognizable member of Los Dinos, who wrote some of Selena’s greatest hits.

Credit: ajuliomacias / Instagram

Macias can be seen on the T.V. show “On My Block” as well as “S.W.A.T.”

Daniela Estrada will portray Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla. From what we know of Selena’s family (from the Selena movie), Suzette wasn’t exactly thrilled to be the drummer of the band but definitely came through as her own becoming an established musician. Today, Suzette is Selena’s loudest advocate who continues to champion the legacy of her sister. 

Suzette is only one of those responsible for approving of the series. 

“Selena will always have a lasting place in music history, and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory. With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives,” Suzette Quintanilla said a year ago to the Hollywood reporter. “We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.”

Other cast members include Hunter Reese Peña, seen in “Morning Ritual” Carlos Alfredo, Jr., from “Mutt and Chopps,” Juan Martinez from “Triple Frontier” and Paul Rodriguez, Jr.

Credit: hunterreesepena / Instagram

That last name should ring a bell. Paul Rodriguez, Jr. will play Roger Garcia another member of Los Dinos. He is also, in real life, the son of actor Paul Rodriguez and a pro-skater in his own right.

Peña, who will portray Ricky Vela, posted on his Instagram that he was beyond himself at the news that he would be in this new show. “Walked out of the shower this morning to a notification that I was on the news 😜 I’m going to be on @selenanetflix a new @Netflix series about my childhood hero Selena Quintanilla. I will be playing the role of Ricky Vela, her keyboard player, and songwriter for many of her hits. Dreams come true. P.S. This is kinda funny LOL they unknowingly cast my roommate @carlosalfredojr as a band member also 🤣🤣🤣 God has a sense of humor. Glad I didn’t give up.” So awesome! 

Just last month, the announcement of all announcements came through that Christian Serratos of “The Walking Dead” would be portraying Selena.

Credit: selenanetflix / Instagram

While the news was speculation for weeks, the announcement finally became official when Netflix finally released a Selena: The Series teaser, which showed Serratos as Selena. We were thrilled to finally see the role fulfilled, especially because we knew this pivotal role could make or break the series. After seeing the teaser, including Serratos in Selena’s signature look, we feel she will do an amazing job as the queen of Tejano music. 

Other cast members include Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Noemi Gonzalez, Seidy Lopez, and Madison Taylor Baez.

Credit: ricardoachavira / Instagram

Chavira, from the ABC show “Desperate Housewives” will play Abraham senior, Selena’s dad, and Chavira, will play Abraham Jr., Selena’s brother. 

READ: Watch: ‘Walking Dead’ Actress Ditches Zombies For Red Lipstick In New Selena Series Trailer