4/30/2013 03:07:00 PM

Tell Us Your Favorite Mexican Restaurant for a Chance to Win $250!

Whether you prefer swanky high-end Mexican or affordable neighborhood comida, we want to know what your favorite restaurant is for our Mexican Food Week contest. Tell us about your go-to, and you could win a prize that should cover a nice meal for you and your friends.

To be eligible, all you have to do is log into your Gmail account, scroll down to the comment section below and tell us in 75 words or less what your favorite Mexican restaurant is and why. The contest closes on May 9 at 11:59 PM, at which point we'll pick our favorite entry and award the author with a gift card for $250. You can see the full rules and regulations here. The comments will be judged on creativity, thoughtfulness and entertainment. ¡Buena suerte!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Get Confident, Stupid! for winning.

38 comments :

  1. My favorite Mexican restaurant is El Jalisciense (El J's by locals), in Warner Robins, Georgia. They have the BEST Sopa de Pollo and Huevos con Chorizo that I have ever had at a restaurant. I ALWAYS leave there stuffed. I have to clean my plate because it tastes so good I can't stop eating until the plate is clean, no matter how painfully stuffed I get. I know why Mexicans have siestas now! (I'm Mexican BTW)!

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  2. Tehuitzingo Deli Grocery for simple home cooked meal and the atmosphere is like dining in a Mexican grandma's dining room.

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    1. It's a taco stand in the back of the bodega. Great authentic tacos. You can buy your tomatillos and mexican cheese in the front, then get a snack afterwards. Wedges of lemon served with everything. Simple delicious street food.

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  3. Amelia's in Hillsboro, Oregon, is our favorite Mexican restaurant. Home style Yucatan meals, fresh fish, hand made tortillas made by Amelia herself and her family. Beautiful, fresh food is served and every sauce, including four kinds of mole, is handmade. My favorite is dunking the fresh tortillas in the sopa azteca.

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  4. Tlapazola Grill -- Two locations on the westside of Los Angeles (Venice and Barrington/Gateway) is my favorite that you left out of the top 10 LA Mexican restaurants. It's Oaxacan with European influences, great seafood, excellent ceviche, but you can also get an enchilada or quesadilla if you're with people (including kids) who want them. Various kinds of delicious margaritas and desserts, too. The service is always wonderful and the prices amazingly low given the high quality of the food.

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  5. Xochitl is my favorite Mexican restaurant. It's not only about the tastes and flavors I find there, which never fail to hit just the right spot, but the people I come across and kindness of the staff there. An experience at Xochitl encompasses both robust flavors and kind faces that it one Mexican restaurant to remember.

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  6. El Catinero near Union Square in NYC. Not only do they give the best salsa for a complementary appetizer, but the food literally melts in your mouth when you eat it. I'm still trying to figure out how they pack so much flavor in their beef chimichangas. All drinks are half off during dinner from Monday to Thursday. I actually over eat every time I go there because the food is THAT good and I can't help myself.

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  7. El Coyote of Los Angeles. The atmosphere, people, history, and definitely the margaritas do it for me. Every time I visit LA, I pretty much head straight there. The food is pretty good as well. Now, if only the management was more open-minded and closed mouth about certain rights...

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  8. Without question the best atmosphere and food can be found in Mill Valley California at The Taco Lounge. The decor is WONDERFUL! It is like a Mexican funky chic museum. The food is precisely what you will find at the great stalls in Mexico where the locals eat! Best of everything wonderful waitstaff and the most handsome guy runs the place. A must see, a favorite of all the local chefs and worth its weight in tacos!

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  9. Tommy's Mexican Restaurant in the Richmond District, San Francisco is my favorite Mexican restaurant. Family run and operated, Tommy's specializes in home-style Yucutanean food. However, the real star of the show is Tommy's Margarita, which is hailed among the best around. It is made with fresh lime juice, agave syrup from Mexico, and it is perfectly balanced. Tommy's carries the best selection of Tequila on Earth! You can also become a tequila master by joining their Blue Agave Club. They receive bonus points for being stumbling distance to my house.

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  10. Agua Verde Cafe on beautiful Lake Washington in Seattle is my favorite. The boniato tacos with yams and avocado sauce make the perfect lunch or dinner! The chips and house-made salsa are delicious, too! You can't beat the location, and as many students and locals know, get there between 4 and 6 during the week for a great happy hour.

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  11. None of these restaurants above can hold a candle to the Gatto Negro here in the French Quarter of New Orleans........superb fresh home made salsa and home made chips.......food that has just the right spice and fabulous flavor....... but the Margaritas are the best in this town.........because they use a very expensive Tequilla...........and you can definitely taste the difference. Pat, the neighbor down the street....love the place

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  12. Don Jose's in Knoxville, TN. The fajita chicken tacos are awesome! They come with a bowl of frijole and charizo soup that is flavored with just enough kick. Also the chicken nachos are great. Everything is fresh and authentic. Great colorful atmosphere and the staff is always glad to see you.

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  14. "Mexique" in Chicago, IL. Blending traditional Mexican food with a French twist to produce a modern/contemporary feel and taste, the cooks at Mexique cook up small, artistic dishes that shockingly satisfy your appetite thoroughly. My favorite meal was the "Asada"- essentially a grilled flank steak, accompanied by a medley of spinach, potatoes, and roasted peppers- best of all was the addition of the goat cheese fondue, which I never had with steak. The waiter wisely selected an accompanying wine, and a patté mixed with tequila, served with toasted brioche. Frankly, the experience was a 10/10, and would recommend that anyone in the area try it out.

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  15. I find 5 De Mayo in Cape May, New Jersey to be an excellent Mexican restaurant. They offer authentic Mexican food; fajitas, quesadillas, tacos, burritos, tostadas, and guaraches. Their menu also offers many additional sophisticated seafood, steak, and mole based dishes. They also offer one of the best guacamoles around.
    Most items are priced around $14.95 and below.
    They are BYO but very accomodating should you choose to bring alcoholic beverages

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  16. Tenoch in Medford, MA.
    Everyone loves street food--it really communicates the taste & soul of the culture. Tenoch does delicious tortas, in addition to tacos, burritos, and platos. Get the Torta Campechana--Telera bread, carnitas, chorizo, chipotle mayo, beans, onions, tomatoes, avocado, Oaxaca cheese. To die for.

    And they have house-brewed tepache. The only place around that I know of where you can get this delicious fermented pineapple drink--garnished with just a touch of spice.

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  17. Casablanca in Venice
    Is the place to go
    For a fab night out
    And especially for Cinco.

    It's an LA fave
    Right on Lincoln and Rose
    Get the calamari steak
    Trust me, I knows.

    So go on, Zagat
    Show me how you care...
    With a delicious gift card
    I would take my hubby there!

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  18. Mexicala Rosa's in Saint John NB Canada.
    They have so many great dishes and the fresh salsa is to die for. Its the kind of resturant you never leave hungry.

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  19. My favorite Mexican Restaurant in NYC is Rio Grande on Third Ave. One side is Texan, the other Mexican,hence Rio Grande. The Mexican side is wonderful, clean and spacious. In warm weather, one can sit outdoors on the large patio for sangrias or margaritas and dinner.
    I love all their dishes , from steak fajitas to chimichangas. Their nachos are great too.
    I hope I win so I can take my family & friends enjoy this oasis with me.

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    1. You have got to be kidding me. This is the lamest kind of Tex Mex food. Plus it's a zoo of a scene, a meat market, 20 something's trying to pick up. Don't go!

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  20. La Hacienda in Tampa FL is the best. Great authentic Mexican cuisine with awesome customer service. And must mention the 2 for 1 margaritas during happy hour. More food per serving than one can eat in one sitting. Once you eat there you will leave stuffed and will return for more.

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  21. Far and away, my favorite is Mijares, in Pasadena, Calif. The best chips and salsa around, terrific margaritas, and wonderful, flavorful food. It's all priced right and served by a friendly and courteous wait staff.

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  22. La Taqueria in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia!
    I can easily inhale 6 of their fabulous tacos... Which is quite a bit of food for me, but I can never stop eating! The staff is super friendly and fun as well.

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  23. Por que no in Portland, OR is one of my first stops when I make it home to the west coast for a visit. It's a tiny place but it always a has a line out the door! The staff are amazing and some of my favorites are the chilaquiles for brunch and the Bryan's bowl-a bit of everything delicous: beans that taste fresh (truly!), carne that's seasoned perfectly, cilantro, cotija, and a lime. Best quick and dirty meal that comes with homemade chips or tortillas. I'm drooling already!

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  24. Dos camino in flrt lauderdale

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  25. My favorite Mexican restaurant is Maria's in Aiken, SC. It is family owned and Maria is always there overseeing the food preparation. She serves real Mexican food in generous portions at very reasonable prices. Her Cazuelon, a combination of steak & chicken breast covered in chorizo out of the casing is to die for. Her carnitas & chile verde ain't behind the door either. A full bar lets you keep your whistle wet. Ariba Maria's!

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  26. Tulcingo del Valle serves muy autentico Pueblan fare which satiates diners taste buds and bellies. The infinite menu covers the spectrum of usual dishes from soups, tacos, and tortas to burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas. All dishes are packed with fresh, flavorful ingredients. No Tex Mex preparations here. Spicy platos like mole poblano (pumpkin sauce) and salsa roja, an addictive fiery red sauce will have you using every last tortilla to sop up these velvety sauces. Fruity milkshakes on a hot day or Mexican hot chocolate on a cold one are a treat. Ambiance is low key and no nonsense but the service is kind and un-rushed. Speaking Spanish is encouraged but not necessary on your Mexican excursion to 10th avenue and 47th street, NYC. This is the real deal!

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  27. Tulcingo del Valle serves muy autentico Pueblan fare. The lengthy menu covers the spectrum of Mexican favorites packing in fresh, flavorful ingredients. Spicy platos like mole poblano and salsa roja will make you want to lick your plate if you run out of tortillas. Fruit milkshakes and Mexican hot chocolate are a treat. Ambiance is low key but the service is kind and un-rushed. Speaking Spanish is encouraged but not necessary. 47th & 10th ave, NYC.

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  28. There is an amazing Mexican Restaurant in Ashland, Virginia
    I know if you tried it, that you would agree
    The food is fantastic, the people are kind
    It is owned and run by a great family
    The choices are both unique and authentic
    Everything handmade and cooked by the best
    Each recommendedation for them I have given
    They always exceed and beyond pass the test
    If you are ever in Virginia a bit north of Richmond
    They are called El Azteca on England Street
    I insist that you visit this wonder place
    The best Mexican food that you will ever eat.

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  29. I think the best restaurant for genuine Mexican food is SanJalisco, just off Mission and 20th Streets.
    There are Mexicans in the open kitchen and they produce food as good as my grandmother used to make.
    The greeters are friendly and the servers are very attentive and helpful.
    Be sure to try the choriqueso appetizer and the menudo which is available on the weekends.
    http://www.sanjalisco.com

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  30. Tenoch Mexican located in Medford Square (Medford, MA). This is the new spot for sandwiches or tacos! Affordable and quick service, you can’t beat that. Don't be afraid to ask for their mild/hot sauce because they will give it! Already 1 year in and they have a mobile food truck and working on a second location. Plenty of parking, so there is no reason not to go.

    www.tenochmexican.com

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  31. I would have to say that my all time favorite is Joe T. Garcia's in Fort Worth, Texas. It is very affordable and delicious. The outdoor dining area is beautiful! I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

    www.joets.com

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  32. My favorite is Ricardo's in Tulsa, OK. They have authentic food with good prices. The food is not greasy like most other places. The portions are good for the price and the soapillas taste amazing! The staff is friendly and the margaritas are top shelf!

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  33. Bonkers for Babita's Mexicuisine outside L.A. The margarita sorbet sounds like dessert, but it's tequila, cilantro, caviar and ceviche over shaved ice. Unreal! So unexpected and refreshing! Had crab meat relleno with a creamy jalapeno sauce-- a little spicy, a little crunchy, 100% mouth-watering. Also tasted my dinner companions' lamb with a beer/chili rub and chicken drizzled in banana/chipotle sauce that made me want to create a diversion so I could eat everyone's food.

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  34. Lindo Michoacan, my favorite Mexican haunt the last eighteen years in Las Vegas. Love the Henderson location, sipping margatinis, eating fresh tableside guacamole while watching magnificent sunsets over the Vegas Strip. Lindo boasts an awesome gourmet selection of Michoacan regional fare of steak, pork, chicken and over 20 seafood selections, my personal favorite. Well-stocked tequila bar hosted by expert bartenders. Live music daily with weekend mariachi. Entire staff/management welcomes everyone here as though they’re family.

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  35. My favorite Mexican restaurant in DC is Casa Oaxaca. Too often I am served enchiladas I don’t really like. My mother’s are the worst (sorry, mom!). They are crunchy and oily. Most other restaurants serve me enchiladas with cheese that is not melted enough. The enchiladas at Casa Oaxaca on the other hand, are super soft, just the way I like them. Hearing my friends pronounce mole as mole instead of MO-lay is also fun.

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  36. Xochitl in Philly is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. From the tortilla chips & guacamole to the main courses, this is legit Mexican cuisine. And of course you can't look past the margaritas. My only complaint is that there are only so many meals you can eat in one day.

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