Best of Boston

1999 Best Mexican Restaurant

Ole Mexican Grille

Hope at last for those who’ve tolerated the bland psuedo Tex-Mex prevalent in Boston. A warm yellow-and-orange dining room (in the Inman Square location) with Mexican tiled tales and a tin ceiling takes you away from New England. The tamales are wonderfully tender and steamy in their banana-leaf wrapping and mole sauce, and the Tacos al Carbon are fabulous.

11 Springfield St., Cambridge, 617-492-4495,