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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.