Mexican Restaurants in North Carolina

Up to 50% Off Mexican Cuisine at Casa Don Lupe

Starmount Forest

$10 $5

Margaritas, Mexican and domestic beers, and wine complement Mexican meals of arroz con pollo, chimichangas, fajitas, and enchiladas

36% Off Mexican Cuisine at La Fiesta Restaurante Mexicano

Multiple Locations

$20 $12.75

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Family-owned eatery voted Best Mexican Restaurant nine years in a row by Times-News readers serves up freshly prepared Mexican cuisine

Up to 50% Off Latin Food at Bandidos Latin Kitchen

Asheville

$26 $13

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Cooks butcher organic, hormone-free meats from local farms for trout tacos and other inventive twists on Latin dishes

50% Off at Carnitas Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$15 $7.50

Authentic Mexican cuisine such as pork carnitas, roasted chicken, enchiladas, and flautas served in a restaurant with a full bar

50% Off at Tacos & Tequila Cantina Grill

Matthews

$30 $16

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Upscale south-of-the-border cuisine and beverages, including extravagant seafood dishes, burritos, tacos, and top-shelf tequila

Up to 45% Off at Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Morrisville

Morrisville

$10 $5.50

Huge menu intersperses burritos, chalupas, and fajitas with veggie-friendly options including chiles poblanos, served in festive dining room

48% Off Mexican Food at Quixote Restaurant

Brevard

$25 $13

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One step inside wood-paneled dining room, and you'll be met by smells of chimichurri-marinated skirt steak and shrimp with chipotle sauce

Up to 53% Off at Los Cabos Mexican Grill

College Hill

$20 $10

Feasts of fajitas, whole fried tilapia, and overstuffed burritos are accompanied by potent margaritas, frosty beers, and live mariachi music

53% Off Mexican Food and Drinks at San Luis III

High Point

$15 $7

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Chefs whip up plentiful Mexican favorites, including chalupas, enchiladas, chiles poblanos, and 10 fajita varieties

45% Off Mexican Food at Poblano's Mexican Bar & Grill

Multiple Locations

$10 $5.50

Chefs prepare specialties such as alambre mixto—grilled steak, chicken, shrimp, and chorizo with peppers, pineapple, and melted cheese

45% Off Mexican Food at Poblano's Mexican Bar & Grill

Multiple Locations

$10 $5.50

Chefs prepare specialties such as alambre mixto—grilled steak, chicken, shrimp, and chorizo with peppers, pineapple, and melted cheese

53% Off at San Luis, San Luis II, and Casa Vallarta

Multiple Locations

$15 $7

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Traditional Mexican restaurant with an eight-page menu; features seafood, steak, and two types of margaritas

53% Off at San Luis, San Luis II, and Casa Vallarta

Multiple Locations

$15 $7

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Traditional Mexican restaurant with an eight-page menu; features seafood, steak, and two types of margaritas

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At first glance, Angry Ale’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill looks like a regular sports hangout with its walls lined with dartboards and flat-screen TVs. But the eatery takes a creative angle with its menu of burgers, wings, wraps, and other pub food. From the redneck fondue—a heaping bowl of homemade queso dip—to tot-chos–tater tots smothered in jalapeños, cheese, salsa, sour cream, and a choice of meat–appetizers kick off meals with delicious unconventionality. This culinary aesthetic carries over to entrees and favorites such as the bacon fatty melt, a bacon cheeseburger with 1000 island dressing, whisked to tables by the ghost of Alexandre Dumas. Diners can also put their appetites to the test by participating in the Button Popper, a speed-eating cheeseburger challenge that asks the age-old question, “Are you built for speed or comfort?”

1518 Montford Dr
Charlotte,
NC
US

The building has been there for generations, beneath a neon "Restaurant" sign that used to serve as a beacon of sustenance for WWII-era soldiers stationed nearby. Decades later, under that same sign, people still show up in search of food, and more importantly, in search of drink. This historic spot is now the home of Brewmasters Bar & Grill, a taproom that celebrates North Carolina brewers with its selection of nearly 100 craft brews. "Beer geeks," as Brewmasters likes to call them, can discover local suds from Big Boss and Crank Arm mixed in with nationally renowned beers such as Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro.

Of course, beer is also integral to the food menu. On it, guests will find pork belly braised in brown ale and beer-battered onion rings. The kitchen makes many of their ingredients in-house, including spinach dip forged from a family recipe and Brewmasters' signature candied bacon with jalapeño-apple jelly. As guests tackle their meals, they can study a state map that pinpoints North Carolina's best-loved breweries and least-invisible rivers.

301 W Martin St
Raleigh,
NC
US

K Panchos Mexican Restaurant offers hearty south-of-America fare in a cozily homey atmosphere. Head in on a lunch break to try one of many lunch specials, such as the Speedy Gonzales, which places one taco and one enchilada on a flavorful foodbed of either spanish rice or fried beans ($4.99). Steak or chicken fajitas seamlessly synthesize tender meats and freshly fired veggies ($10.50), and 27 combination dinners provide an endless matrix of subtly spiced suppers. Vegetarian options, such as two salsa-topped bean burritos with cheese dip ($7.25), abound for meat-avoiding plantavores, and K Panchos’ friendly, helpful staff can also help you decide on an entree, name for your dog, or high-altitude wedding venue.

435 Dolley Madison Rd
Greensboro,
NC
US

From the Spanish word meaning the appetizer, La Botana references itself as "a modest little restaurant with big flavors." Modest is right. With its vegetarian menu alone boasting more than 30 dishes, the eatery was named the Readers' Choice for Best Mexican Food in 2011 by the Winston-Salem Journal, among a slew of other awards.

The full menu, which is rife with mole-slathered entrees, sizzling fajitas, and lime-infused seafood, comprises multiple regions of Mexico, including Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, and Oaxaca. North Carolina craft beers are also available to wash down spicy morsels or put out small table fires caused by rubbing your hands in anticipation.

1547 Hanes Mall Blvd
Winston Salem,
NC
US

Tony, the owner of Bandido’s Mexican Cafe, learned the tricks of the trade while working at his family’s Mexican restaurant as a teenager. Today, he and his wife own and operate three Bandido’s locations, which serve sizzling fajitas, crisp tacos, and burritos stuffed with beef, chicken, pork, or sautéed spinach. The Herald-Sun's readers praised Bandido's as the Best Mexican Restaurant in 2009, and the restaurant returns the favor by awarding individuals who finish the El Gigante burrito—a massive compilation of steak and chicken fajitas, rice, black beans, and shredded cheese—with a T-shirt and gentle pats on the back. The restaurant often hosts live entertainment, and the Durham location supplements its selection of lunch and dinner fare with a Sunday brunch menu served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4711 Hope Valley Rd
Durham,
NC
US

Customers won't find any heat lamps within The Wing Co.'s kitchen, but that doesn't mean their made-to-order wings aren't hot. Instead, the increased temperatures come from nine sauces, which run the gamut from sweet chili to Cajun to teriyaki. However, the cooks aren’t content to just spread sauce on wings. Upon customer request, they can also splash the tasty liquids over salads, riblets, and sandwiches—including their signature wing burger.

Matching the wings’ heat is the dining room's firefighter-themed decor. Hardhats and helmets double as lampshades, while firefighter boots, tanks, and clothing hang from the walls, in case of an emergency costume party.

1047 Murchison Rd
Fayetteville,
NC
US