Restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

La Palma Mexicatessen

Follow the applause: that's the sound of organic tortilla-making in progress at La Palma. You've found the Mission mother lode of handmade tamales, pupusas (tortilla pockets) with potato and chicharones (pork crackl…
Top Choice Mexican in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

La Taqueria

SF's definitive burrito has no saffron rice, spinach tortilla or mango salsa – just perfectly grilled meats, slow-cooked beans and tomatillo or mesquite salsa wrapped in a flour tortilla. They're purists at James Be…
Top Choice Mexican in Anaheim

Pour Vida

Chef Jimmy, who has worked in some of LA's top kitchens, returned to his Mexican roots to make some of the most gourmet tacos we've ever seen: pineapple skirt steak, tempura oyster, heirloom cauliflower...caramba! E…
Top Choice Mexican in Costa Mesa

Taco Mesa

Brightly painted in Mexican Day of the Dead art, this out-of-the-way stand is a local institution for fresh, healthy, sustainably farmed tacos of steak, beer-battered fish and more, with an awesome salsa bar. We lik…
Top Choice Mexican in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Broken Spanish

Despite retro design nods such as concrete blocks, macrame plant hangers and terracotta lampshades, Ray Garcia's sleek Downtown eatery is all about confident, contemporary Mexican cooking. From the chochoyoes (masa …
Top Choice Mexican in San Diego

Old Town Mexican Café

Other restaurants come and go, but this place has been in this busy adobe with hardwood booths since the 1970s. While you wait to be seated, watch the staff turn out tortillas. Then enjoy machaca (shredded beef with…
Top Choice Mexican in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Mariscos 4 Vientos

You'll find the greatest shrimp taco of your life at no-frills Mariscos 4 Vientos. Order from the truck (if you're in a hurry) or grab a table inside the bustling dining room. Either way, surrender to corn tortillas…
Top Choice Mexican in Santa Barbara

La Super-Rica Taqueria

It's small, there's usually a line and the decor is basic, but all that's forgotten once you've tried the most authentic Mexican food in Santa Barbara. The fish tacos, tamales and other Mexican staples have been dra…
Top Choice Mexican in Santa Barbara

Corazon Cocina

The usual Mexican crowd-pleasers are all here (tacos al pastor, quesadillas, agua fresca) but made to such perfection that previous versions pale in comparison. Head into the Santa Barbara Public Market and prepare …
Top Choice Mexican in Downieville

La Cocina de Oro Taqueria

Chef-owner Feather Ortiz uses herbs and peppers from her garden and sources everything else from local growers to make the freshest food around. The burritos are the size of Chihuahuas. No credit cards.