The salsa at Taqueria Mixteca, 1609 E. Third St., Dayton, has just the right amount of heat. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

BEST OF DAYTON: Your picks for the most delicioso Mexican food in town

Tacos, burritos, enchiladas and fajitas. 

Dayton has tons of great destinations for Mexican cuisine. 

>> BEST OF DAYTON: Complete list of winners

But some just stand out from the rest. These are the people’s choice winners for Best of Dayton 2019-20 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

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


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. 

El Toro tacos. Photo from El Toro Centerville Facebook page

2ND PLACE: El Toro Bar & Grill

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 


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.

The Super Burrito at Elsa’s. (Source: Elsa’s Facebook page)
Photo: Staff Writer


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.


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.



WINNER: Taqueria Mixteca

2ND PLACE: El Toro Bar & Grill

3RD PLACE: Elsa’s


WINNER: El Toro Bar & Grill

2ND PLACE: Taqueria Mixteca

3RD PLACE:  El Rancho Grande


WINNER: El Toro Bar & Grill

2ND PLACE: Taqueria Mixteca

3RD PLACE: : El Rancho Grande


WINNER: El Toro Bar & Grill

2ND PLACE: Abuelo’s

3RD PLACE: : Taqueria Mixteca