The Best Mexican Restaurant in Every State

Source: Photo by Jp. M via Yelp

Oklahoma
> Restaurant: Pepe Delgados
> Location: Norman
> Yelp rating: 4.5

Some Yelp comments: “Amazing food,” “lots of salsa options and all are delicious!,” “great Mexican food…always good and fresh,” “Everything on the menu is truly incredible & the staff is always friendly…& you will NEVER leave hungry (trust me).” In addition to more usual items, the menu offers vegetarian nachos, tacos, and burritos.

Source: Courtesy of Nuestra Cocina

Oregon
> Restaurant: Nuestra Cocina
> Location: Portland
> Yelp rating: 4.5

This chef-owned restaurant offers a smallish menu with a number of unusual dishes, including crispy lollipop chicken wings with black mole, smoked mushroom and cactus tacos, grilled Spanish goat cheese in banana leaves with pumpkin seed salsa, and tamarind-marinated Mexican white prawns. The tortillas are fresh-made in-house.

Source: Courtesy of La Palapa Mexican Kitchen & Mezcal Bar

Pennsylvania
> Restaurant: La Palapa Mexican Kitchen & Mezcal Bar
> Location: Pittsburgh
> Yelp rating: 4.5

“The service was fantastic, the food was delicious and the margaritas were the best I’ve had in a long time,” according to one Yelp reviewer, writing about this food truck-turned-restaurant. Another wrote: “Easily some of the best Mexican food I’ve had outside of the Southwest. Tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, everything I’ve tried has been delicious.” And a third said simply, “The food, drinks, service, ambience, and price are all exemplary.”

Source: Photo by Cyndi C via Yelp

Rhode Island
> Restaurant: Chilangos
> Location: Providence
> Yelp rating: 4.5

Filet mignon or pork chop tacos, duck flautas (rolled tacos), and empanada-like Mexico City quesadillas (“Chilango” is a slang term for someone from the Mexican capital) are among the menu choices here. “If you’re looking for authentic and rich flavors this is a great spot” and “Best authentic Mexican Food in RI (possibly New England)” are among the encomiums offered on Yelp.

Source: Photo by Angelina C. via Yelp

South Carolina
> Restaurant: Carmen y Juan’s
> Location: Mount Pleasant
> Yelp rating: 4.5

Tacos, burritos, tostadas, tortas…There are no surprises on the menu here — but reviewers posting to Yelp hail the “exceptional” mole enchilada, “very good” carnitas and “amazing” carnitas street tacos, and “just right” beans and rice, among other things. “I’m from Los Angeles and my husband is half Mexican,” wrote one commentator, “so I’m hard to please when it comes to Mexican food but this place is amazing.”