Best of Boston

BEST Mexican Restaurant

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
photo by Alex Lau

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»

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»

2007 BEST Mexican Restaurant



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



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»