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Seattle, WA

Where Chefs Eat Mexican Around The Country

La Carta de Oaxaca
5431 Ballad Avenue NW, Seattle, WA. 98107 (view map)
T: 206.782.8722
“My favorite place to eat.” Master Bladesmith Bob Kramer (Seattle). Tamales de mole negro, molotes, and picaditas make up this authentic Oaxacan menu.

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122 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (view map)

T: 718.488.8226

Hands down best Mexican food I have had in NY, bar none....any place/any price (this is very cheap).”

Troy House (FED correspondent)

La Superior

295 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (view map)

T: 718.388.5988

“Best Mexican food.” Mushroom forager Tyler Gray (Mikuni Wild Harvest).

Tulcingo Restaurant and Bakery

5520 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 (view map)

T: 718.439.2896

“I dream about the Tacos Arabes.” Chef Ivy Stark (Dos Caminos, NYC)

Red Hook Ball Field Vendors

Clinton Street & Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (view map)

These are the Mexican trucks: Perez (for tacos, flautas, grilled corn); Sosa (for fruits and juices); Country Boys / Martinez (for

huaraches, chalupas, tacos, quasadillas, sopes).

Taco Mix

234 East 116 Street, New York, NY 10029 (view map)

T: 212.831.8147

I love the Taco al Pastor. They take pork shoulder and put it on a gyro machine with a pineapple on the top spike. The pineapple glazes as it roasts. It’s 75 cents a taco.Chef Jason Hall (Gotham Bar & Grill, NYC).

“Hands down the best Cuban sandwich in NYC, Mexican version.” Chef James McDuffee (Joseph Leonard, NYC).


50 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014 (view map)

T: 212.929.5050

“For the braised pork belly tacos.” Jake Dickson (Dickson Farmstand Meats, NYC).

Chef David Schuttenberg at Cabrito refers to himself as a "pork nut." His Heritage Foods braised pork belly tacos have a respectable following.

Cafe El Portal

174 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012 (view map)

T: 212.226.4642

“Tacos are a must, as are the cucumber water and the Tres Leches Cake.” Troy House (FED contributor).


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Wooster Street & Prince Street

New York, NY 10012 (view map)

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Broadway & Broome Street

New York, NY 10012 (view map)

Hands down best Mexican food I have had in NY, bar none....any place/any price (this is very cheap).”

Troy House (FED correspondent).

Hecho en Dumbo

354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 (view map)

T: 212.937.4245

H0me/Made in Red Hook have been fans since way back, when it really was in made in Dumbo.

La Esquina

106 Kenmare Street, New York, 10012 (view map)

T: 646.613.7100

“It’s fun and the food is good.Chef Ivy Stark (Dos Caminos, NYC).

Both Ivy and Chef Rene Ortiz (La Condesa, Austin) go south of the border (of Houston Street) to this Nolita hot spot.


304 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003 (view map)

T: 212.253.5888

“The tequila and mezcal cocktails at Mayahuel are fantastic.” Chef Ivy Stark, (Dos Caminos, NYC).


100 7th Avenue S, New York, NY 10011 (view map)

T: 212.647.0830

Joel Zighelboim (Pasita, West Village) likes Mexican chef Patricio Sandoval’s seasonally-driven market cuisine.


209 East 49th Street, New York, NY 10017 (view map)

T: 212.751.4545 (make a reservation)

“Authentic.” Just one word sums it up for chef Ivy Stark (Dos Caminos, NYC).


695 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 (view map)

T: 212.397.5956

Authentic Mexican tacos, tortas, and quesadillas served out of a tiny window in the back of the bodega. (FED)


106 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (view map)

T: 215.546.7100

“Modern Mexican. BYOB. Pitchers of Margaritas, you bring your own tequila.” Chris Ronis (Northern Spy Food Co., NYC).


3945 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (view map)

T: 215.222.1657

It’s some of the best food I’ve had lately, well executed, sharp and on point.” Chef Jimmy Bradley (The Red Cat & The Harrison, NYC).

Chef Ivy Stark also sings the praises of chef Jose Garces.

The Red Fez

9 Peck Street, Providence, RI 02903 (view map)

T: 401.272.1212

“Standout food like headcheese tacos, their glorious grilled cheese, and Scotch eggs are all a cook's best friend.” Chef Matt Jennings (Farmstead / Farmstead Downtown / La Laiterie Bistro, Providence, RI).


1252 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610 (view map)

T: 312.988.7811 (make a reservation)

Chef Michelle Bernstein (Michy’s, Sra. Martinez, Michelle Bernstein's at the Omphoy in Miami, FL).

El Ray Tortilleria y Taqueria

2966 Valmont Road Boulder, CO 80301 (view map)

T: 303.442.1266

Chef Hugo Matheson (The Kitchen, Boulder) loves this small storefront that serves homemade traditional chili rellenos and tamales.

Sabor Latino

4340 West 35th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212 (view map)

T: 303.455.8664

“It is a total hole in the wall place that serves the best latino food for 200 miles in every direction.” Chef Eric Skokan (Black Cat, Boulder)

La Condesa

400-A West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701 (view map)

T: 512.499.0300

Texas-born chef Rene Ortiz traveled and worked around the globe before returning to the Lone Star state to open La Condesa in Austin.

Lindo Michoacan
10082 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89147 (view map)
T: 702.838.9990
"The one on the West side of town. I do not eat a lot of Mexican food however theirs is just so good. I cannot resist and it’s in the neighborhood." Chef Kerry Simon (Simon LA, LA Market, Simon at Palms Place & Cathouse, Las Vegas).

Loteria Grill

6333 West 3rd Street

Los Angeles, CA 90036 (view map)

T: 323.930.2211

6627 Hollywood Blvd

Hollywood, CA 90028 (view map)

T: 323.465.2500 (make a reservation)

Truly authentic taqueria with a variety of choices including: pollo en mole poblano (chicken), chicarron en salsa verde (pork rinds), carne deshebrada (shredded beef), champignon con epazole (mushrooms). (FED)

R & R Catering Taco Truck

3rd St and Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020 (view map)

“The taco truck is cheap and really good; the tongue taco is legit.” Chef Joshua Whigham (The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Los Angeles).

¿Por Que No? Taqueria
3524 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland, OR 97227 (view map)
T: 503.467.4149
“Taco shop. Not authentic, but good.” Kristofor Lofgren (Bamboo Sushi, Portland)
5507 NE 30th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211 (view map)
T: 503.287.7555
“Very authentic Mexican.” Kristofor Lofgren (Bamboo Sushi, Portland) respects Mexican chef Oswaldo Bibiano’s traditional-style cooking.

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