Best of Boston

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 outstanding. The spicy red sangria, meanwhile, promises to cure whatever ails you.

472 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-262-5708,