The Miami Valley could do much, much worse for Mexican food. From long-standing restaurants to mobile food trucks, we have numerous businesses that can fulfill your craving for something spicy, cheesy, meaty or sizzling. In no particular order, we suggest these Mexican eateries:
>> BEST OF DAYTON: Best tacos
>> BEST OF DAYTON: Best Mexican
Having just opened its seventh Dayton-area location, it’s no surprise this spot made the list. You have to try the big OH burrito — trust us.
Home of the two-pound “monster burrito,” Taqueria Mixteca also has some of the best pozole in town. It’s a shame you can only get it on the weekend. You can’t go wrong with their queso appetizer, and anything with chorizo on it will always be tasty. Grab some horchata at the East Third Street location (or grab a six-pack at the gas station next door – it’s BYOB), or indulge in a margarita at the Trotwood location.
Las Penas Mexican Grocery & Restaurant
215 Byers Road | 937-866-4457
What this no-frills restaurant lacks in atmosphere it more than makes up for in taste. Their juicy, fresh tacos satisfy the biggest appetite with flavorful meats and spicy sauces.
Taqueria Tres Hermanos
5392 Burkhardt Rd. | (937) 254-6645 | Facebook
Last year, Tres Hermanos (a.k.a. Three Brothers) opened as the former restaurant Taco Loco came to a close. But the food has remained top quality. The chicken quesadillas (1 lb, 4 oz), chorizo and carnitas are a MUST try.>> Don’t miss out on these Cinco de Mayo events
Fuzzy’s Tacos at The Greene
10 Greene Blvd. | 937-802-9004
One thing that makes Fuzzy’s tacos stand out: the signature cheese choice, feta. Not a cheese you typically find on Mexican fare, the tangy and bright cheese makes for a fresh, vibrant flavor profile. Almost all tacos are also topped with their signature garlic sauce, which is made fresh in-house. You can’t miss — or beat — these flavors; the signature garnishments for the tacos make for a flavor combination you won’t find anywhere else.
2307 Valley Pike | (937) 235-9970
Don’t be fooled by the exterior or the lack of social media presence. This spot is beloved by locals who know the quality of the food can’t be beat. Especially loved are the breakfast options, from the breakfast burrito (with a side of delicious gravy) or the perfectly cooked huevos rancheros, but whether you come for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you will leave perfectly satisfied.
La Michoacana #5 Mexican Market
748 Troy St. | (937) 220-9600 | Website
Where else can you grab some delicious chorizo tortas, then buy the very same chorizo at the meat counter next door? La Michoacana is a true gem in the Gem City, a spot you’re surprised to find in the Midwest but are so happy you did. Any of their fajita skillets are worth an order, but the shrimp fajitas in particular are a real treat.
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Chuy’s Mexican Food
Take our word for it – take it twice – Chuy’s fresh margaritas are paired so well with a spicy, delicious steak burrito, or the complimentary happy hour nacho bar. Chuy’s may be a chain, but the Austin-based chain knows Tex-Mex for the masses. And with a fresh, never frozen-except-for-French-fries-and-ice-cream philosophy, you can be sure that the guacamole you’re killing is never from a tub.
Multiple locations | Website
We’ve said enough about Elsa’s “Bad Juan” Margaritas: Now let’s talk about Elsa’s Super Burrito: refried beans, your choice of meat, with a mild sauce, lettuce, Pico de Gallo and shredded cheese, in a 10-inch flour tortilla: it’s not for the faint of heart. Their fish tacos are refreshing and tasty, and go down oh so well with a Bad Juan.
Chiapas Mexican Grill
298 N. Main St., Centerville | (937) 949-3390
One of Dayton’s most recent Mexican additions has certainly made a name for itself since opening. Besides the four dishes we loved upon our first visit, (especially the pozole) we also recommend the verde enchiladas for those who love lots of cheese with a great kick. But really, we could eat a straight bowl of their refried beans and be completely happy.
6290 Chambersburg Rd., Huber Heights | (937) 235-8634 | Website
When you’re in the mood for a frozen margarita or some prime enchiladas, Las Piramides is your spot. Their fresh dishes are enhanced by the cheery and cantina-style ambiance and quality service at any time of the day or night. When you visit the Rose Music Center this summer, consider stopping by Las Piramides for a bite beforehand.
El Toro, voted Dayton’s best yet again, offers plenty of delicious options, from the seafood chimichangas, to “La Favorita” – tender grilled steak, shrimp, with caramelized onions and tortillas, rice and beans. We suggest starting with an order of bean dip (add chorizo) and finishing with a classic Flan for dessert. As with every Mexican place on this list, come with a heavy appetite or ready to split: portions are huge.
This festive eatery is one of Dayton’s best loved Latin food institutions and for good reason. Their tapas menu is practically iconic, their patio space is huge and their house-brand tequila makes one good margarita. They also host a fleet of three food trucks that bring big flavor to businesses, events and more. Go for the Chilean salmon stack ($29), Manchego cheese puffs ($10 for 12, $7 for five) and chicken tortilla soup (small $7, large $10). Don’t miss the food truck version this festival season!
Taqueria Garcia Mobil
1914 E. 3rd St., Dayton | Facebook
With nearly a perfect rating on Facebook, this is clearly one food truck you won’t want to miss in Dayton. From what reviewers say, the tongue tacos are impeccable. The prices can’t be beat, either.
Taqueria la Lomita truck
2721 Linden Ave, Dayton
Another top-rated choice, this authentic food truck turns out some of Dayton’s best-loved Al Pastor tacos.
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