Salsa, guacamole, chips and an ice cold margarita served up at Taqueria Mixteca’s Trotwood location. Photo by Alexis Larsen

BEST OF DAYTON 2018: Your picks for the best 3 places for Mexican food

Tacos, burritos, gorditas, fajitas. Our heads spin when we think of all the authentic Mexican choices we have here in Dayton. 

It’s hard to go wrong in this category, but Daytonians have spoken, and here are the Best of Dayton 2018 winners in the Best Mexican Food category: 

>>Some of Dayton's best Mexican eateries you may not know about

A spread of adventurous food at Taqueria Mixteca mexican restaurant at 1609 E. Third St., Dayton. Foreground shows Huarche, background left are three different meat tacos and on right in glass bowl is Seafood Cocktail.
Photo: Staff photo by Jim Witmer

🥇WINNER: Taqueria Mixteca

Tried and true, Taqueria is one Mexican food stop that has never let us down. If you are looking for authentic and affordable, this is your place. Even the complimentary chips, salsa and sauces made fresh daily in house that greet you as soon as you are seated exceed expectations. Whether you stop in for a quick bowl of made-from-scratch guacamole, or you’re in for the big leagues — a ginormous chiles rellenos platter — we can almost guarantee it won’t be your last trip to Taqueria. 

Dayton.com staff writer Allegra Czerwinski takes a photo with Taqueria Mixteca's monster burrito for scale.
Photo: Contributed photo

Two locations: 1609 E. 3rd St., Dayton | 2190 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood

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El Toro tacos. Photo from El Toro Centerville Facebook page

🥈2nd Place: El Toro Bar & Grill 

Don’t worry about portion size when you pick El Toro for your next Mexican feast. Plates are huge and filled from brim to brim. Daytonians can’t get enough of El Toro’s hot enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas and more. Luckily, there are plenty of El Toro locations so you don’t have to go far to stuff yourself with queso goodness.

Multiple Locations: 448 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek | 2915 Harshman Road, Dayton | 6770 Miller Lane, Dayton | 2335 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Centerville |1375 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | 710 Gardner Road, Springboro | 9190 N. Main St., Englewood | 8321 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights | 794 Northwoods Blvd., Vandalia | 4421 Ohio 725, Bellbrook | more online 

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🏆Best of Dayton 2017 winner Best Mexican Food  

🏆Best of Dayton 2016 winner Best Mexican Food

🏆Best of Dayton 2015 winner Best Mexican Food 

The Super Burrito at Elsa’s. (Source: Elsa’s Facebook page)
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🥉THIRD PLACE: Elsa’s

Elsa’s is famous for its killer Bad Juan margarita. If you haven’t tried it, it should be on every Daytonian’s bucket list.

And a margarita is always best with delicious Mexican eats. Elsa’s has a history in Dayton that began on Linden Avenue in 1979. Today, Elsa’s has five Dayton locations and is the home of the Super Burrito (and a mini version). It’s a 10-inch flour tortilla filled with refried beans, and your choice of ground beef, shredded beef, chicken, chorizo, or pork carnitas, and are topped with a mild sauce, lettuce, pico de gallo, and aged cheddar cheese. The restaurant offers dine-in or carryout.

Multiple locations: Elsa’s On the Border, 1227 Wilmington Ave., Dayton; Elsa’s East Restaurant & Cantina, 3618 Linden Ave., Dayton; Elsa’s Kettering Sports Grill, 1216 E. Stroop Road, Kettering; Elsa’s South Restaurant & Cantina, 6318 Far Hills Ave., Centerville; Elsa’s Corner Cantina, 6204A Wilmington Pike, Sugarcreek Twp.

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🏆Best of Dayton 2017 winners: Best Mexican Food  

WINNER: El Toro Bar & Grill

2nd Place: Taqueria Mixteca

3rd Place: El Rancho Grande

🏆Best of Dayton 2016 winners: Best Mexican Food  

WINNER: El Toro Bar & Grill

2nd Place: Taqueria Mixteca

3rd Place: El Rancho Grande

🏆Best of Dayton 2015 winners: Best Mexican Food  

WINNER: El Toro Bar & Grill

2nd Place: Abuelo’s

3rd Place: Taqueria Mixteca

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