Best of Boston

BEST Mexican Restaurant

2017 BEST Mexican Restaurant


Jamaica Plain

For his tacos, tortas, and tostadas, owner Socrates Abreu fills house-made corn tortillas and telera bread with ingredients so fresh he didn’t even bother to install a freezer in either of his two locations. An array of protein options—from tangy… read more»

2016 BEST Mexican Restaurant



These authentic Veracruz counter-service spots in Boston, Medford, and now Somerville are cheerful and bold, with huge menus: Don’t miss the achiote-and-pineapple tacos and the salted-beef-and-cactus antojitos. Once you’ve doubled your daily caloric intake, take home a few homemade tamales… read more»

2015 BEST Mexican Restaurant

Tu Y Yo


For years, Tu Y Yo has been a well-kept secret among in-the-know Somervillians. Now word is out that the restaurant serves the most authentic regional Mexican cuisine in town. Not ready to take the plunge with grasshopper tacos? Let the… read more»

2014 BEST Mexican Restaurant

Angela's Cafe

East Boston

Owner Angela Atenco Lopez’s rich, complex mole poblano is one of the dishes you must try before you can claim your Boston food-geek merit badge. On second thought, actually, perhaps we meant Lopez’s citrusy, onion-studded guacamole. Or maybe the plate… read more»

2013 BEST Mexican Restaurant

El Centro


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 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


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


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

Tu y Yo


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

Mexico Lindo


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»