The Quest for the Best Mexican Food in Raleigh


You don’t have to look far to find Mexican food in Raleigh. It seems like around every corner, there’s an eatery serving South-of-the-Border-inspired cuisine, whether it’s traditional Mexican platters or fusion favorites. The next time you’re craving trendy tacos or authentic arroz con pollo, we’ve got you covered with the absolute best local places to enjoy Mexican dishes.


Gonza Tacos y Tequila

If it’s award-winning Colombian-Mexican cuisine you want, Gonza Tacos y Tequila is the place to go! You can find the lively restaurant in two Raleigh-area locations: Downtown Raleigh and North Raleigh. When in doubt, you can’t go wrong ordering the Mexican Flag, a popular platter featuring three enchiladas, each topped with a different sauce.


Salt & Lime Cabo Grill

Salt & Lime Cabo Grill is bringing fresh Baja Peninsula cuisine to North Raleigh. Start with an order of authentic Santa Fe Corn, which comes smothered in chipotle aioli, cotija cheese, lime and cilantro. For your main course, you can bet on the skirt steak fajitas or braised short rib tacos. Be sure to wash it all down with a freshly made margarita, or get adventurous with a tequila flight. Be the star of your next weekend brunch and bring your friends to enjoy Cabo french toast, breakfast tacos, huevos rancheros and fresh guacamole.



Head to the heart of downtown Raleigh to Centro for elevated Mexican and Latin American staples. The restaurant supports the community by using fresh, organic and local ingredients whenever possible. The Mole Poblano is to die for, served up with a side of fried sweet plantains and white rice. End your meal on a sweet note with the delectable tres leches cake.


Bartaco North Hills

The Absolute Best Mexican Food in Raleigh


Take a mini vacation and score unbelievably good Mexican food in Raleigh at Bartaco North Hills. There’s a great variety of options on the menu, whether you want to mix-and-match tacos or dig into a poke bowl. Most of the dishes are served family style, so it’s a popular place to take a large group. Kick back and order a freshly squeezed juice or specialty cocktail while soaking up the restaurant’s coastal vibe.


Jose and Sons

Jose & Sons mixes some of the best Mexican food in Raleigh with warm, rustic Southern flair. Order the Chef’s Picnic and share the plate of grilled meats, seasonal vegetables, market greens, salsas and corn tortillas with the table. You never know what new items will be offered on the menu because it rotates throughout the year. They’re also dishing up amazing brunch options, where micheladas and sangrias pair well with huevos rancheros.


Taqueria El Toro

This hidden gem just outside of the downtown area offers some of the most authentic and affordable Mexican food in Raleigh. Taqueria El Toro serves up dishes you won’t find anywhere else in town, like cabeza (beef) tacos and lengua quesadillas. Load your tacos up with your favorite toppings at the self-serve salsa bar.


Xoco Raleigh

If you’re afraid of ghosts, you might want to avoid Xoco Raleigh because it is located in the allegedly haunted Creamery Building in Glenwood South. Here you’ll find Tex-Mex staples like chimichangas and fajitas as well as traditional favorites like tostadas and pork carnitas. Some of the items on the menu are named after these fabled spirits. But perhaps what this spot is best known for is its potent margaritas made from fresh fruit purees and served up in 30 different flavors.


There you have our favorite places to get Mexican food in Raleigh! Did we miss your favorite? If you have a recommendation, we’d love to hear from you! And if you’re looking for a new home in Raleigh, we’d like to invite you to stop by Park Central Apartments for a look at the first high-rise apartment community in the Midtown District of North Hills. Visit Park Central online at ParkCentralRaleigh.com to schedule a tour or call us directly at (919) 800-0619.


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