Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Have you found “the place?” I feel like I’m always on a search for a really good spot to get Mexican food. Having lived in southern California for a few years after college, I’ve have admittedly been spoiled. It’s not easy, but I’m always up to the task. I’ve done some research for you fellow lovers of caliente cuisine from south of the border. Using sources like Eater Boston, Trip Adviser, Yelp and my own personal experience, I’ve put together a list for you! Here are 7 of the best Mexican restaurants to fire up your taste buds!

Previously, I had turned you on to some great places to grab a Margarita around town. And honestly, you’ll find some of those places on this list. I don’t know about you, but the dead of winter brings out the desire in me to search hot some food with heat. Then again, there’s nothing better than a margarita on a summer night. So we conclude that Mexican food and drink is good anytime of year, right? Oh, good!

Great for Date Night

Here, you’ll find a list of 7 of the best Mexican restaurants in Massachusetts, according to the experts, reviews, and me. Some of these spots are super casual, while others provide more of an atmosphere. Undoubtedly, if I’m going out with my husband for a date night or with my friends for a girls night out, I do care about atmosphere. But sometimes you just want to grab and go. I’ve got you covered for either situation.

I thought about diving into researching some of the top spots in Massachusetts after connecting with a friend and trying to figure out a place to meet for dinner tonight. Going out for margaritas and Mexican food just feels like it’s more special than your average dine out experience. It’s also more adventurous. Most of us opt for American food, Italian or Chinese. So, if you are making your weekend plans, consider ramping up your routine. Go for the heat! Here are 7 of the best Mexican Restaurants in Massachusetts to fire up your taste buds. Have fun!

  • 1. La Brassa

    124 Broadway, Somerville 

    It’s all about the “masa” at La Brassa! This is a traditional form of flour used to make tortillas, tamales and other foods. All of their tortillas are made “in house from scratch. We nixtamalize the corn ourselves, grind it and press it, then cook them fresh to order on our traditional clay comal.”  This Somerville spot embraces the Mexican traditional and gives the traditional New England a few favorites like oysters.  Win win. You’ll find an emphasis on wood-fired cuisine here, courtesy of Chef Daniel Bojorquez.

    I mean, just look at this tortilla!


  • 2. Yellow Door Taqueria ( 3 locations)

    2297 Dorchester Ave. Boston

    354 Harrison Ave. Boston 

    1619 Tremont St. Boston 

    Yellow Door has been a favorite of my family, since they opened their first location in Dorchester’s Lower Mills. It’s tiny but tremendous! From the start, I knew they were on to something. Handmade tacos with interesting and unique options. Quality fresh food and extraordinary, artful offerings. You’ve got to try their Plantain Frito. It’s fried plantains, coconut salsa, crispy onions and toasted cashews. Sound unusual, but oh…so good! You’ll find slightly more traditional options as well. And their margs are to die for.  And with three options of locations, there’s bound to be one closer to you.

    Our #tacotuesday strategy: mix and match 🌮🌮Avoid the snow and pull up a seat at the bar tonight — all locations open until 10pm! ❄️

    Posted by Yellow Door Taqueria on Tuesday, March 14, 2023
  • 3. Taqueria El Amigo

    196 Willow St. Waltham 

    As Yelp reviewer Francesco declares, “I am thrilled to see the well-deserved recognition the restaurant is receiving lately. Having been a loyal customer for years, I’ve often recommended this gem to close-friends, keeping it somewhat of a hidden treasure, but it seems the word is rightfully spreading.My go-to order has always been their tacos especiales with onion, cilantro, and salsa. Consistently, these tacos stand out as the best and most authentic I’ve had in Boston. The flavors are unparalleled, and each bite is reminiscent of the flavors I grew up eating in Mexico and subsequently Texas.” Now, that’s a glowing endorsement for this small and humble restaurant in Waltham. It’s so unassuming, you won’t find a social media presence or even a website, but it was named as one of the best restaurants in the country by Yelp last year.

  • 4. La Posada

    505 Medford St. Somerville 

    I discovered this little neighborhood gem, by accident on a Google search. And wow! La Posada has quickly become a favorite! We have been back 3 times. It’s a very small space, but the food is great, service amazing and those margaritas! This family owned and operated business offers a delicious mix of Latin American food with a modern twist.

  • 5. Casa Romero

    30 Gloucester St. Boston

    If you are looking for great Mexican food in a fancier atmosphere, Casa Romero is your place. Eater Boston says, this hidden off-the-beaten-path gem is “an old-school, upscale Mexican restaurant accessible through a public alleyway just off of Newbury Street. The intimate, subterranean space is a welcome setting for tables laden with tacos, flautas, enchiladas, and many drinks from the killer tequila list.” They’ve been in the game since 1972, and in the restaurant world that says a lot. I’m in!

    Casa Romero invites you to experience the extraordinary – Carne Asada, paired with the richness of Enchilada Mole or the...

    Posted by Casa Romero Mexican Cuisine on Thursday, January 11, 2024
  • 6. Angela's Cafe

    131 Lexington St. East Boston

    On the Angela’s Cafe website, they invite you to “partake in a culinary trip to Puebla, Mexico and enjoy our traditional regional dishes made with love taught by our loved Mama Angela.” If Mama created the dishes, you know it’s good! This bright yellow cafe has been lighting up the neighborhood since 2007, It’s a family run business that is famous for it’s mole poblana, a treasured recipe handed down from the restaurant’s late matriach. A Trip Advisor reviewer exclaimed: “Great authentic Mexican food in East Boston. We enjoyed the awesome guacamole with homemade chips, enchiladas and cilantro camarones (spicy). Service is super friendly, prices reasonable.”

    😋🍽️✨ Our new special MOLCAJETE at @angelascafeeaglehill only for the month of January 🐷 / nuestro nuevo especial el...

    Posted by Angela's Cafe Eagle Hill on Tuesday, January 9, 2024
  • 7. Pátzcuaro Taqueria & Bar

    398 Watertown St Newton

    Pátzcuaro Taqueria & Bar is family run spot that makes everything from scratch. They are famous for their birria. It’s a tender, packed with flavor braised beef served in a crisped handmade tortilla and topped with cheese. It’s offered with a traditional beef consomme for dipping.  Yelp reviewer Jennifer Q says it’s “Incredibly authentic and delicious food! The salsa and guacamole are so fresh and flavorful. The staff is very friendly. It’s simple dining and a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. We will definitely go again!”

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