To identify the best Mexican restaurant in every state, 24/7 reviewed the top-rated restaurants nationwide in Yelp’s Mexican and New Mexican categories. To be considered, restaurants needed to be in or near a city with a population of at least 100,000 people. In states with few or no cities of this size, restaurants in smaller cities were considered. Chain restaurants, food trucks, takeout places with no seating, pan-Latino or Central American establishments, and restaurants specializing in Korean-Mexican and other hybrid cuisines were eliminated, as were Mexican markets unless they had in-store restaurants.
“The mole sauce was as rich as it looked,” a Californian wrote on Yelp. “The beef tongue was tender without being mushy like many places. The hand made tortillas were icing on the cake.”
» Taste the many flavors of Mexico in metro Atlanta
The chicken mole is a wonderful way to sample the traditional Oaxacan fare at Taqueria La Oaxaqueña in Jonesboro. Above left: a tamale with pork and green salsa and a sope with lengua. CONTRIBUTED BY WENDELL BROCK
If a drive south of the airport doesn't appeal to you, head over to Buford Highway, where you can take a Mexican food tour without leaving Plaza Fiesta.