Best of Philly

Best Mexican Restaurant

2015 BEST Mexican Restaurant

Blue Corn

This refreshing Italian Market newcomer lives somewhere between down-and-dirty South Philly taqueria and theme-y Center City eatery, with kind waiters and great, simple $9 margaritas bookending a full and surprising menu. Try the shrimp cocktail, which is spruced up with homemade vinegar; the filet mignon that’s pounded thin and smothered in melted cheese; and the light-as-air zucchini flower quesadillas. And the margaritas. Did we mention those already?

940 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-925-1010


2014 BEST Chilaquiles

El Rey

2013 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Had a long night? Get this nacho-like dish: marinated skirt steak for heft, crispy tortilla chips for salt, a zingy salsa for a kick in the pants, and a fried egg, just because. Read more »

2012 BEST Mexican Restaurant (Suburbs)

Cantina Feliz

424 South Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, PA

High-end Mexican that also includes Korean BBQ tacos, crabcakes and whole-roasted suckling pigs? Just go with it-and brag to your friends that this is one of those places that make you happy you live in the suburbs. Read more »

2010 BEST Mod Mexican Restaurant

Distrito

3945 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Authentic Mexican this isn’t. But order the los hongos huarache (mushroom flatbread) or the camarones and chorizo tacos, and you’ll fight your friends for the last bites. But take heed: No matter how many Cabo Wabo shots you’ve had, control the urge to try on one of the Mexican wrestling masks. Read more »

2009 BEST Cheap Mexican Restaurant

Cantina Los Caballitos

1651 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Not everything on the menu at the Cantina is cheap, but many of the best basics are, like the giant bowl of citrus-tinged guacamole ($7), the massive, overstuffed Tex-Mex-style burritos ($8 to $11), and the real-deal tacos ($8 to $11), all of which come with a healthy dusting of cilantro and a lime wedge for… Read more »

2009 BEST Mexican Restaurant

Xochitl

402 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

What’s left to say about Xochitl? We’ve long sung the praises of chef Dionicio Jimenez’s prepared-tableside guacamole; house-made tamales; mixed grill of perfectly prepared steak, chicken, duck, blood sausage and shrimp; and punchy, perfectly balanced pick-your-(tequila)-poison margaritas. Read more »