America's 50 Best Mexican Restaurants

There’s no need to head south of the border for truly delicious Mexican food

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Queens, New York's Tortilleria Nixtamal makes all their tortillas from scratch and fills them with freshly-prepared authentic Mexican meats.

50) Nuestra Cocina, Portland, Ore.
49) Javier’s, Dallas
48) Mezcaleria Oaxaca, Seattle, Wash.
47) El Rey Del Taco, Atlanta, Ga.
46) Talavera, Coral Gables, Fla.
45) Sanchez Taqueria, Tigard, Ore.
44) El Sarape, Boston, Mass.
43) Las Teresitas, Minneapolis
42) Salpicon, Chicago
41) El Huarache Azteca, Highland Park, Calif.
40) El Chapparal, San Antonio, Texas
39)  El Borrego de Oro, Los Angeles, Calif.
38) Cemitas Poblanas Elvirita, Los Angeles, Calif.
37) La Pasadita, Chicago
36) Taqueria Los Charros, Mountain View, Calif.
35) Taqueria del Sol, Atlanta, Ga.
34)  Tortilleria Nixtamal, Queens, N.Y.
33) Jacala, San Antonio
32) El Parian, Los Angeles
31) Tacomiendo, Los Angeles
30) Super Taqueria, Durham, N.C.
29) El Molino, Boyes Hot Springs, Calif.
28) Babita, San Gabriel, Calif.
27) Distrito, Philadelphia
26) Taqueria y Panderia de La Santa Cruz, Portland, Ore.
25) Birrieria Zaragoza, Chicago
24) Empellon Cocina, New York
23) Las Tortugas, Memphis, Tenn.
22) Maxwell Street Market, Chicago
21) El Modelo, Albuquerque, N.M.
20) Changos Taqueria, Austin, Texas
19) Fonda San Miguel, Austin, Tex.
18) Las Cuatro Milpas, San Diego, Calif.
17) Bonito Michoacan, Las Vegas, Nev.
16) La Super-Rica Taqueria, Santa Barbara, Calif.
15) La Casita Mexicana, Bell, Calif.
14) Barrio Café, Phoenix, Ariz.
13) Los Tacos No. 1, New York City
12) Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia, San Antonio
11) Guisados, Los Angeles
10) Chichen Itza, Los Angeles
9) Big Star, Chicago
8) Hugo's Regional Mexican Cuisine, Houston
7) La Taqueria, San Francisco
6) Loteria Grill, Los Angeles
5) Pinche Taqueria, Denver
4) La Condesa, Austin
3) Guelaguetza, Los Angeles
2) Oyamel, Washington, DC
1) Topolobampo, Chicago, Ill.



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Have you ever set foot in Corpus Christi???? Real Mexican food!

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This list is incredibly bad. Chango's in Austin is a chain and awful. No one here would even put that in the top 50 of Austin.

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How can Oregon, California and Chicago along with New York have the TOP spots for Mexican cuisine? This list is a joke, Texas and several other southern states that did not make the list are the ownership of this pallet. I live in Indiana in the metro of Louisville, KY and I have had Mexican food all over the country this list is bogus.....

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Obviously, these raters never made it down to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. At least 46 of the best Mexican Restaurants in the country are there.

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Houston alone has about 10 spots that would beat the majority of these places, there are way to many California spots on here to. There mexican food is no bueno for the most part.

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Only one restaurant from NM? Rubbish!

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What kind of idiot lists a Spanish restaurant as the best Mexican restaurant? Rick's Mexican restaurant is called Frontera Grill by the way, and it's not the best in Chicago.

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What self-respecting foodie assembles a list of the best Mexican restaurants in the country and completely bypasses El Paso and the Mesilla Valley? Bad writer, bad list!

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What self-respecting foodie writer assembles a list of the best Mexican restaurants in the country and completely bypasses El Paso and the Mesilla Valley in southern NM? Bad writer, bad list!

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What self-respecting foodie assembles a list of the best Mexican restaurants in the country and completely skips El Paso? Bad writer, bad list!

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Let me help you out, when Rick Bayless says the best authentic mexican food in America is in Pilsen in Chicago. Then not one restaurant is listed it humors me.

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