This Michoacán-inspired eatery offers southern Mexican dishes such as traditional mole and enchiladas verdes. The vegan-friendly menu also lists 30 different juices and smoothies. For a reviving pick-me-up, try the Vitaminico, made with spinach, pineapple, and lime.

El Valle Mexican Restaurant

This casual Mexican spot serves filling breakfast burritos, plates of sizzling fajitas, and street-style tacos. 

El Jefe

Farm-to-table Mexican fare will lure you to this friendly Sunnyside haunt. Pair a house margarita with the four-cheese queso, and don't miss the organic mushroom tacos with huitlacoche crema.

Torchy's Tacos (Westminster)

This Texas-born taco shop offers an option for any appetite. Don't miss the breakfast tacos, the taco of the month, or any of the many pork, beef, sausage, and chicken options. Multiple locations.

La Güera Gastro Cantina

Richard Sandoval's casual cantina offers an array of Mexican eats such as mahi mahi tacos, antojitos, and more than 200 tequilas to choose from. Pair your meal with a cool hibiscus agua fresca or brews from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company.

Cochino Taco

The menu at Johnny Ballen’s (of the Squeaky Bean) taqueria features 16 different taco options and a poblano chile-topped burger.


Inspired by chef Ignacio Leon's rich heritage, this restaurant mixes traditional Mexican fare with modern touches. Try the shrimp ceviche.

R Taco

R Taco (formerly known as Rusty Taco) started as a food truck in Dallas, and it maintains its Texan influence. Enjoy breakfast tacos all day or try the fried chicken taco with a margarita for dinner.


Palenque Mezcaleria

Tucked behind Adelitas Cocina y Cantina rests Colorado's first mezcaleria. Learn more about mezcal (and sip on more than 75 varieties of the libation) and snack on small plates like the Oaxacan cheese queso and shrimp and mango ceviche.

Tortas A Toda Madre

Known as ATM for short, this Berkeley joint offers an extensive menu of tortas, quesadillas, burritos, and tacos.