Mexican Restaurants in Marion

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Salsa del Rio's menu offers more than 30 classic Mexican dishes (most of which cost less than $10) and an array of ever-changing daily specials. Stick with staples, such as enchiladas, tacos, and quesadillas, or introduce your appetite to the big boy burrito ($5.99), a gigantic tortilla wrapping your choice of barbacoa, beef, or chicken, plus a heaping helping of cheese, beans, and pico de gallo. Lovers of the leafy greens can choose from the cranberry, fajita chicken, or taco salads, and vegetarians can nosh a grilled veggie and cheese sandwich, with a stack of onions, peppers, mushrooms, swiss cheese, and cheddar cheese. If the vibrant oranges, reds, and greens mixed into the fresh flavors of Salsa del Rio's plates don't keep all your senses entertained, let the smell of spices tickle your nose and an under-table thumb war occupy your hands.

209 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US

An uncommon faithfulness to traditional Mexican flavors surely helped Hacienda Las Glorias nab the top spot as the best Mexican restaurant on the KCRG A-List in 2014. Here, you'll find all of the expected tacos and quesadillas, but they're joined by enchiladas blanketed in housemade mole sauce and shrimp saut?ed in garlic butter.

These dishes, of course, must share the spotlight with mojitos and margaritas blended with top-shelf tequilas. Other authentic touches include decorative vases, stained-glass window accents, and masked swordsmen swinging from the iron chandeliers overhead. Completing the experience is a painted mural that gives the impression that one is dining next to a window overlooking a cobblestone courtyard.

715 1st Avenue Southwest
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US

The flavors of Mexico and Italy might seem like an odd couple, but they find harmony in the kitchen at Papa Juans. Chefs tuck crabmeat into burritos and ravioli and serve chicken with vodka sauce or as part of a fajitas platter. The menus, separated by cuisine, touch on a wide variety of Mexican and Italian classics, from tacos to lasagna. And to celebrate the eatery's home base, the chefs cook barbecue ribs and half-pound hamburgers shaped like Uncle Sam. The popular Chicken Boom Boom pizza culls from each country?s flavors with housemade alfredo sauce, chicken, bacon, pepper jack cheese, and jalape?os.

5505 Center Point Road Northeast
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US

Fiery red paint splashes the walls of Casa Tequila Authentic Mexican Grill, creating the illusion of heat. Sizzling plates of fajitas emerge from the kitchen, fanning the flames with soft tortillas and hot strips of chicken. Nearby, grilled T-bones and rib eyes amplify the warmth with spicy jalape?os and ranchero sauce. Like most of the menu?s selections, these dishes are made from scratch using super-fresh ingredients. To lower the temperature, barkeeps craft margaritas that are cooler than an iceberg wearing an Elvis wig. Available in a variety of flavors and sizes, these drinks showcase a lineup of more than 50 tequilas. Diners can also enjoy their meals at outdoor tables, amid refreshing breezes and the shade of patio umbrellas.

119 West Marengo Road
Tiffin,
IA
US

At Azul's Tequila Cocina, seafood from the Pacific coast and fruity margaritas serve as the cornerstones of an extensive Mexican menu. Drizzled with fresh sauces, the burritos, enchiladas, and tacos pack the palate with juicy flavors. The enchiladas de langosta unite lobster and roasted Mexican garlic sauce in the warm embrace of corn tortillas topped with jalapeño cream sauce. Azul's Tequila Cocina spurns lard, peanut oil, and animal fat in its cooking, promoting health and helping waists stay as narrow as Santa's path through a gingerbread man's chimney.

720 Pacha Pkwy
North Liberty,
IA
US

The chefs at El Dorado prepare housemade enchiladas, burritos, tacos, and other Mexican favorites. Eaters can down the south-of-the-border flavors with an array of beverages from the bar, including 42-ounce Monster margaritas. To set a festive mood, the restaurant occasionally books upbeat musical acts and hosts poetry readings with Santa.

102 2nd Ave
Coralville,
IA
US