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BEST Mexican Restaurant

2013 BEST Mexican Restaurant
photo by Alex Lau

El Centro

Boston

Chef-owner Allan Rodriguez, a native of Sonora, serves up mostly family recipes at this color-splashed South End spot, which translates to flavorful (and authentic) Mexican fare with a sophisticated touch. Chilaquiles, carne asada, tamales, tacos—they’re all here, and they’re all… read more»

2012 BEST Mexican Restaurant

El Centro

Boston

Boston isn’t known yet for great Mexican fare—perhaps we’re a little too far north of the border for the spicy stuff. But things are looking up now that El Centro has rolled into town. Our go-to order? The deeply flavored… read more»

2011 BEST Mexican Restaurant

Casa Romero

Boston

With a rash of Mexican and Latin-inspired restaurants invading Boston in recent months, there’s finally some competition in this category. But sometimes shiny and new can feel cold or corporate. And a see-and-be-seen scene doesn’t mesh so well with oozy… read more»

2009 BEST Mexican Restaurant

Ole Mexican Grill

Cambridge

In the quest for great Mexican, of which Boston has little (relative to, say, El Paso or San Diego), much recent praise has been heaped on the champions of ‘authentic’ cuisine, and on pre-Hispanic recipes like cuitlacoche crepes. But you… read more»

2008 BEST Mexican Restaurant
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Tu y Yo

Somerville

Tu y Yo With nary a taco or burrito on offer, Tu y Yo serves traditional recipes from southern Mexico, all prepared according to strict slow-food standards. The mole sauces are luscious and complex, the chicken yunkaax is touched with… read more»

2007 BEST Mexican Restaurant, North
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Mexico Lindo

Melrose

Assuming the hyperfestive décor at this family-owned joint hasn’t already knocked you on your heels, there’s no doubt the powerful, wide-ranging flavors will. Surrounded by a rainbow of serapes and folk art furniture, diners are primed with homemade chips and… read more»

2007 BEST Mexican Restaurant

Ole

Cambridge

The only variety to be found at a lot of Mexican places is in what gets stuffed into the chimichangas and enchiladas. Not so at Ole, where chef Erwin Ramos has expanded his menu to make room for authentic ingredients… read more»

2006 BEST Mexican Restaurant
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Ole

Cambridge

Don’t write off Olé for its unremarkable exterior. Inside you’ll find a peppy atmosphere and Boston’s most bona fide Mexican fare: In place of sloppy enchiladas, chef Erwin Ramos serves up inventive plates including tacos de cangrejo, crabmeat tacos with… read more»

2005 BEST Mexican Restaurant

Olé Mexican Grill

Cambridge

Delicious proof that true Mexican cuisine rarely involves either the words “chimichanga” or “Tabasco,” Olé’s menu is weighted toward seafood with authentic and traditional dishes full of superior ingredients. Don’t miss the pescado a la veracruzana (roast snapper in a… read more»

2005 BEST Mexican Restaurant, Affordable

Taqueria La Mexicana

Somerville

For muy delicioso and auténtico Mexican food north of the border, make a beeline for this Union Square hot spot, featuring colorful woven tablecloths and walls bathed in warm yellow. Burros overstuffed with juicy steak, smooth guacamole, chunky salsa, and… read more»