The Best Mexican Restaurant in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Don Antonio

Kansas
> Restaurant: Don Antonio’s Taquería y Carniceria
> Location: Kansas City
> Yelp rating: 4.5

“Might be some of the best street style tacos I’ve ever had,” reported one Yelper, while another called the fare here “definitely outstanding, authentic Mexican food at a great price.” Don Antonio’s is also a meat market, and meat — whether in tacos (an astonishing four for $5), burritos, tortas, or any other form — is the thing to get here. Carnitas, al pastor, barbacoa, tripe, tongue, and more are featured.

Source: Courtesy of The Mayan Cafe

Kentucky
> Restaurant: Mayan Café
> Location: Louisville
> Yelp rating: 4.5

This restaurant’s chef, Bruce Ucán, is a Mayan from the Yucatan, and his menu includes dishes from his home region not often seen in U.S. Mexican restaurants. Sikil-pak is a dip of pumpkin seeds and roasted tomatoes; cochinita pibil is slow-roasted pork in achiote (annatto seed) sauce; tikin-xic is silver carp in achiote-lime sauce. And customers rave about the tok-sel lima beans, cooked with green onions, parsley, lime juice, and ground roasted pumpkin seeds.

Source: Courtesy of El CABO VERDE

Louisiana
> Restaurant: El Cabo Verde
> Location: Shreveport
> Yelp rating: 5

Using gluten-free, non-GMO ingredients, local and organic when possible, El Cabo Verde serves pork tamales wrapped in banana leaves, quesadillas made with housemade corn tortillas, Louisiana Gulf shrimp with mojo sauce, and other specialties that avoid the usual Mexican-restaurant clichés. “Food was delicious, prices are reasonable, and service was on point,” wrote one Yelp reviewer.

Source: Courtesy of Taco Escobarr

Maine
> Restaurant: Taco Escobarr
> Location: Portland
> Yelp rating: 4

This is probably one of the few places in the Northeast that serves San Antonio-style puffy tacos (the tortillas are deep-fried raw so they balloon up), as well as the more conventional soft and crispy varieties. Three meat fillings, two seafood choices, and two vegetarian ones are available (the latter including avocado slices fried in panko breading). Beyond tacos, Yelp reviewers have reported that “the chipotle sweet potato taquitos…were perfect,” the El Nino nachos were “stacked high with chips and tons of toppings,” and the avocado salad “was refreshing and fulfilling.”

Source: Courtesy of Clavel

Maryland
> Restaurant: Clavel
> Location: Baltimore
> Yelp rating: 4.5

This family-owned taquería and mezcalería makes their own corn and flour tortillas and serves an assortment of simple but imaginative tacos — carnitas with crispy pork cracklings and green sauce, lamb cooked in Mexican coffee and Negra Modelo beer, lightly battered cod with pickled cabbage slaw and habanero cream, etc. There are also ceviches, queso fundido with chorizo (or vegetables, or shrimp), and quesadillas, among other things.