Mexican Restaurants in Pickering

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At Cozumel Grill & Tequila Bar, good food, drinks, and entertainment reward diners drawn in by the bright, laid-back atmosphere. While diners nosh on spicy barbecue wings, bartenders put out mouth fires with 40 domestic and imported beer selections and 30 types of tequila, along with a lineup of frozen drinks and specialty cocktails. Chefs bake corn tortilla-based chicken or beef enchiladas with cheese and ranchero sauce, and satisfy vegetarians or reformed steak knives with equally tempting eats such as grilled veggie tacos with roasted red peppers and goat cheese. The restaurant is housed in an historic carriage house, where brick walls and a cobblestone-like floor create a pleasant contrast against party lights and multiple TVs. During warmer months, patrons entertain themselves by listening to live music on the patio, while winter's howls are drowned out by the cheers of pool or darts players and the exuberant zither music that mysteriously emanates from the cozy fireplace.

153 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo,
NY
US

Inside the kitchen at Gramma Mora’s, cooks flip sizzling shrimp and assemble four-cheese enchiladas, preparing succulent entrees that earned the restaurant the title of Best Tex-Mex Eatery in Buffalo from the readers of Artvoice in 2011. Seated at tables inset with tile, diners can taste dishes made from century-old recipes passed down through the Mora family. A vibrant mural of a Mayan pyramid in a lush jungle decorates one wall, next to guests consuming pork smothered in green-chili sauce or steak chimichangas. Caramel-glazed flan and lime margaritas provide notes of sweetness for diners who otherwise would have had to carry scoops of ice cream to the table in their pockets.

1465 Hertel Ave
Buffalo,
NY
US

She may be from Whitby, but Shelagh Pirkl is no stranger to hot weather and hotter flavours. She spent years eating her way across California, enjoying the fresh, flavourful cuisine of Mexican-American regions. Along the way, she and her husband Darren—a California native—decided to bring their findings north. So they opened Los Cabos Cantina & Grill, which is named after the Baja peninsula to perfectly capture the eatery’s Mexican-Californian cuisine.

Inside, diners feast on everything from corn-dusted red-chili calamari and monterrey club sandwiches to traditional enchiladas blanketed in melted cheese and wrapped in papier-mâché. Chefs can customize meals to the customer’s preferred spiciness level, and they can also create gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan options. Live music, an outdoor patio, and freshly muddled margaritas lure guests into the eatery’s laid-back Californian atmosphere, though tempers occasionally rise during Leafs games and Monday night football.

1009 Dundas St E
Whitby,
ON
CA

Burrito Burrito, as their name might suggest, puts great care into the time-tested Mexican dish, choosing healthy ingredients before tightly rolling them into 24-ounce burritos. Patrons can choose from meats—each marinated overnight—or morsels of seafood before adding guacamole, jalapeños, cheese, and different sauces. The cooks also transform the same ingredients into quesadillas and tacos and top piles of fries or chips with nacho fixings. Those with different dietary needs can embrace gluten-free options, veggie-friendly entrees, and dishes that can’t possibly remind them of the scary parts of Home Alone 2:Lost in New York.

9200 Weston Rd
Vaughan,
ON
CA

Quesada Mexican Grill's custom burritos, tacos, and quesadillas garner palate popularity with their fresh meat, veggie, and guacamole fillings, coalescing into Toronto’s “best lunch under $10” according to Now readers. Their made-from-scratch salsas embellish bites with piquant bits of jalapeno and habanero peppers, and sides of tortilla chips add an audible crunch to flavourful meals. Quesada Mexican Grill also boasts the official burrito of the Toronto Argonauts, who use seasoned-pork burritos in place of pigskins during field-goal practice.

90 Edgeley Boulevard
Vaughan,
ON
CA

As the legend goes, Crabby Joe's nana was as renowned for her skills in the kitchen as she was for her fondness for pelting unwanted kitchen dwellers with fresh onions. After years of watching her in the kitchen, Joe opened up his own restaurant, following in the footsteps of his curmudgeonly grandmother by creating a menu of quality, freshly cooked dishes and an atmosphere infused with light-hearted teasing. Since it's 1966 founding, Crabby Joe's has expanded into more than 40 locations across Ontario. At each location, families and friends linger over plates of steaks, burgers, and seafood entrees while sipping beer and frozen cocktails. The atmosphere is jokey without being hurtful, largely due to their strict no-banana-peels mandate.

125 Pedersen Dr
Aurora,
ON
CA