Low-key Mexican fare at its best is found at Zocalo Cocina Mexicana in Arlington's East Arlington neighborhood. Zocalo Cocina Mexicana also caters to those with sensitive stomachs, where a number of gluten-free options are featured on the menu. You won't need to get a sitter before heading to Zocalo Cocina Mexicana — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment. Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Zocalo Cocina Mexicana's outdoor patio.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Casual dining at its best, Zocalo Cocina Mexicana customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt. The restaurant has catering services as well. For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
There's nearby street parking available as well as a valet service.
Menu items at Zocalo Cocina Mexicana tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
At Acitrón, chefs elevate traditional Mexican mainstays to bistro-level sophistication. Like the world’s most edible bionic man, each dish is assembled by a crack team using locally sourced produce, meats, and seafood, with menu items including tilapia fish tacos and the crepas de rajas poblanas stuffed with grilled poblano strips, corn kernels, yellow squash, zucchini, and sour cream. Meals unfold in a dining room decked with hardwood floors, floral artwork, and sparkling granite tables topped with flickering candles. Shielded by a basket of fresh limes, a full bar slings libations including margaritas, specialty cocktails, and tequila drinks. Acitrón’s scratch-made desserts also add sweet punctuation to meals with bites including flan, tres leches, and chocolate tamales topped with Mexican-vanilla ice cream.
For casual cuisine that everyone will enjoy, stop by La Posada Restaurante for a Mexican-style menu. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at La Posada Restaurante, though, so plan to indulge a bit. La Posada Restaurante is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Tables at La Posada Restaurante are available first-come, first-served, so be sure to show up a bit earlier on busy weekends. Good luck spotting a suit and tie at La Posada Restaurante — casually-dressed diners are the norm here. The restaurant has catering services as well. Or, take your grub to-go.
Drivers can find a space for their wheels on the street when dining at the restaurant's Massachusetts Ave business.
La Posada Restaurante is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
For tasty Mexican fare, Arlington's Ole Mexican Grille is hard to top. Ole Mexican Grille patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here. Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Catering services are also available. If time is of the essence, Ole Mexican Grille's take-out option may be a better fit.
You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking.
Chow down for less at Ole Mexican Grille, where a meal almost always costs under $15.
There's only one way to describe the drinks at Cantina La Mexicana: colorful. The bartending team specializes in fresh fruit margaritas, which they blend together and serve on the rocks with 30 different tequilas, instead of one tequila with 29 nicknames. They also squeeze limonada, melon, and other seasonal juices, serving up sweet counterpoints to the zesty cuisine.
That cuisine is inspired by a combination of family recipes and Boston-area chefs. On command, the kitchen springs into action to cook homemade chicken mole, pulled pork, and grilled chicken with pickled cactus, pairing these entrees with rice, beans, avocado, salad, and corn tortillas on the signature "Mexican Plate." At lunch time, the focus turns to satisfying meals such as chalupas and fish tacos.
Taking its name from the Spanish word for a young colt, El Potro treats diners to zesty feasts of sizzling steak fajitas, saucy chilaquiles, and tacos filled with spicy peppers and marinated meats. Festive Mexican d?cor surrounds diners, with red tile floors and orange walls framing chunky, solid-wood chairs that feature hand-painted images of horses, galloping vaqueros, and lasso-swinging centaurs. Alongside spreads of food and margaritas from the full bar, diners can revel in karaoke on Thursday or Sunday nights or swinging jams from the house band Mariachi Estampa de America on Fridays and Saturdays.