Boston residents love their Mexican food, and there is no shortage of fabulously fresh and authentic restaurants to get your fill of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more.
According to Foursquare Swarm check-in data from the week of May 5-11, collected by Boston.com, the following 8 hot spots are the most popular Mexican restaurants in the city.
1. Border Cafe, Cambridge
Delicious cajun and Tex Mex-style food and authentic cocktails are menu staples at Border Cafe. Mexican specialties include made-to-order creations like Gaucho Chicken made from tender, marinated chicken breast, grilled over a mesquite wood fire with blackened tomato, and a Chimi Verde sauce, finished with fresh herbs, Chimichurri Steak with rice and black beans, and Swordfish Tacos Veracruz. You can also choose from several delicious vegetarian options.
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2. Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria, Harvard Square, Cambridge
Felipe’s is not unique to Boston, there are chain restaurants across the country, but their high standards and simple, authentic recipes have helped them skyrocket to success since opening in 2004. All menu items are made fresh while you watch!
3. Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, Back Bay
Dark, vampy, gothic and stocked with more than 50 of the world’s best tequilas, Lolita Cocina is known for its killer cocktails. The popularity of this establishment may be due to the bar, but they do serve a full menu of Mexican favorites until 11 PM each night. There is also a late night menu to soak up the tequila until 1 AM Thursday through Saturday and 12 AM Sunday through Wednesday.
4. El Pelon Taqueria, Fenway
El Pelon’s authentic Mexican favorites made from locally sourced ingredients are big enough to satisfy any appetite. Try the famous fish tacos (prepared with locally made corn tortillas, lightly breaded Atlantic cod, limed onions, house-made spicy mayo, pickled cabbage, and fresh cucumbers).
5. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, South Boston
This funky joint on West Broadway has the added benefit of a fresh raw bar, plus tons of Mexican dishes featuring chicken, fish, beef, pork, vegetarian and gluten-free options!
6. Anna’s Taqueria, 8 locations throughout Greater Boston
This Boston-owned and operated chain has made quite a name for itself. With authentic recipes, fresh ingredients and expert assembly going into each burrito, taco, quesadilla, and Mexican bowl, it’s no wonder Anna’s made the list!
7. Lone Star Taco Bar, Cambridge
Lone Star focuses on using artisanal ingredients to set off their otherwise traditional Mexican street food. They also offer quite the selection of tequilas, mezcals and beers to pair perfectly with your meal.
8. Fajitas & ‘Ritas, Downtown
This award winning joint rounds out our top 8. Known as an “unabashedly fun” restaurant and bar featuring fresh Texas and barbecue cuisine. They are known for big, frosty margaritas and sizzling fajitas at great prices!