Mexican Restaurants in Fair Oaks

50% Off Mexican Food at Vallejo’s

Vallejo's

Multiple Locations

$15 $7.49

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Mexican cuisine served at the business-casual 11th Street location or in the remodeled early-1920s building of the 4th Street location

Up to 54% Off Mexican Food at Alebrijes Mexican Bistro

Alebrijes Mexican Bistro

Lodi

$60 $32

(185)

Gourmet burritos and regional Mexican specialties served in a restaurant decorated with colorful alebrijes

45% Off Mexican Food at El Rosal Restaurant Lodi

El Rosal

Lodi

$20 $11

Cooks turn to more than 40 family recipes for direction to craft specialties such as tacos, enchiladas, carne asada, seafood, and guacamole

50% Off Mexican Cuisine at Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant

Miguel's Mexican Restaurant

Lakeview

$30 $15

Chefs plate Mexican classics such as shrimp fajitas or chimichangas for daily lunches and dinners or huevos rancheros for Sunday breakfasts

Half Off Mexican Food at Little Manuel's

Little Manuel's

Antioch

$20 $10

(46)

Chefs cook up Mexican, Italian, and American dishes such as from-scratch tamales, housemade menudo soup, and pasta

43% Off at Viva Mexico Grill & Cantina

Viva Mexico Grill & Cantina

Pittsburg

$52.83 $29.95

Carnitas wrapped in tortillas, veggie fajitas, and crispy breaded shrimp, all with rices and beans; margaritas with 100% agave tequilla

48% Off Mission-Style Tacos and Burritos at Taco Del Mar

Taco Del Mar

Brentwood

$10.50 $5.50

Baja-California inspired tacos and burritos made with fresh ingredients

Up to 42% Off Mexican Cuisine at El Jardin

El Jardin

Sonora

$30 $18

(39)

Feast on Mexican classics inside a cozy dining room or outside on the tree-lined patio

Maria Maria La Cantina – 41% Off Mexican Cuisine

Maria Maria La Cantina

Multiple Locations

$100 $59

(959)

Creative tacos, seafood, and other cuisine from Mexico's Pacific Coast at a cantina with art from partner Carlos Santana and live music

Up to 42% Off Mexican Food at Baja Fresh

Baja Fresh

Pleasanton

$23.94 $15

Flame-grilled flavors of never-frozen chicken and steak fill tacos and burritos made to order with farm-fresh ingredients

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In 1962, Alberto Heredia and his wife, Carmen, flung open the doors of Carmelita's Restaurant, introducing a menu of tried and true family recipes from Puebla, Mexico. Now, a third generation of the Heredia family helps simmer carnitas and blend avocados into guacamole at two Carmelita's locations. The dining rooms, which are bedecked in vibrant knickknacks and paintings, let diners bask in bright colors without getting yelled at by a judge for bringing a kaleidoscope to court. Against the electrically hued backdrop, mariachi bands play on special occasions, their trumpets rising in warm spirals above fiddles and guitars.

4071 Howard St
Fair Oaks,
CA
US

When Jim Knudson bit into his first taco during dinner at a friend's house in 1949, he knew he had tasted something special. He added the item—which many diners were pronouncing "tay-co"—to the menu at his restaurant in Grass Valley, California. Determined to introduce the food to as many people as possible, Jim and his wife, Margaret, converted a 16-foot trailer into a kitchen on wheels. They adopted the nickname Jim had earned from one of his longtime customers and drove up to Lake Tahoe, where Jimboy's Tacos found its first permanent home.

Locals, tourists, and even members of the Rat Pack flocked to the tiny taco stand for the uniquely seasoned, parmesan-dusted ground-beef taco, the anchor of a growing menu. The family eventually relocated to Roseville, California, where they set up a small taco stand and began branching out to other locations in and around Sacramento.

Today, Jim Knudson’s daughter Karen, the current president of the company, carries on the legacy of taco obsession at more than 40 locations in northern California and Nevada. Guests who arrive early for breakfast might glimpse the cooks slowly simmering beans, mashing avocados into guacamole, and preparing their signature ground beef with trans-fat-free oil. In addition to classic corn-tortilla tacos, the menu holds the mega-size flour-tortilla El Gordo, golden-fried taquitos, and even a taco burger that fuses Mexican and American culinary traditions.

7401 Fair Oaks Blvd
Carmichael,
CA
US

A piping hot pocket of corn dough stuffed with tender pork and slathered with verde sauce and cheese. This is the homemade pork tamale at Felipe's Mexican Restaurant, and what a sight it is to behold. The dishes on Felipe's menu have stayed the same for the most part in its 30 years of existence. Since Paul and Adela Lee—who met while working there—took over as owners in 1988, they have updated the menu but only slightly. They also moved the original restaurant to its current location and opened another in Folsom. One thing hasn't changed, however. Crowds still come from all over to try Felipe's famous tamales and chimichangas.

7959 Auburn Blvd
Citrus Heights,
CA
US

El Pueblo Flosom offers a variety of succulent meats and fresh vegetables to fill the tacos and burritos that come out to tables, while salsa and guacamole accompany chips. House specialties include carnitas, tamales, and chile rellenos, chile colorado, and chile verde. A full bar offers up tasty drinks, with craft beers on tap, frosty margaritas, crafted with fresh lime, organic agave nectar, and premium tequila in chilled glasses, and jealous water dripping ever so eagerly out of the tap. Shaded under colorful umbrellas and surrounded by warm earthen pillars, diners come to El Pueblo Folsom to enjoy clement weather and savory Mexican meals on the patio.

6608 Folsom Auburn Rd
Folsom,
CA
US

By the time Marco Ramos opened Casa Ramos in 1997, he had been working in the restaurant business for 15 years. While working at his cousin's restaurant in Seattle, Marco soaked up invaluable, hands-on lessons about how to run a business. He draws upon that experience at Casa Ramos, where he and his staff serve time-tested family recipes that date back to his years in Mexico City.

In the kitchen, cooks prepare specialties such as Molcajete—chicken and beef strips sautéed in a mildly spicy sauce—and Carnitas Uruapan—slow-roasted Uruapan-style pork in a Mexican sauce. The fajita salad—a Ramos family favorite that's carved into their family tree—combines fresh greens, mushrooms, sliced eggs, avocado, and steak or chicken.

400 Iron Point Rd
Folsom,
CA
US

While the sun sets over the crimson outdoor patio of La Rosa Blanca's Folsom location, the vibrant orange and green walls of the Fulton Avenue restaurant grow deep beside dimming window light. However, the party is just getting started. Blenders whirr with wine margaritas in wild flavors such as papaya, mango, and watermelon, and skilled waiters erupt from the kitchens, arms stacked with hearty taco plates, burritos, and fajitas that sizzle with steak and chicken. Brave diners can slather jalapeño salsa over seafood enchiladas or utilize a tortilla and sweet mole to write a love note to the chef.

402 Natoma St
Folsom,
CA
US