Vegaster 7 The Seven Most Authentic Mexican Restaurants in Vegas
El Dorado Cantina Restaurant & Bar – If you can manage to unpeel your eyes from the doors to the “World’s Largest Gentlemen’s Club” you’ll see that to the left are the doors to El Dorado Cantina, which if you open will take you on a whole other kind of journey. El Dorado Cantina covers all the flavorful flair that Mexico offers, from Aztec inspired sautéed grasshopper to tender Carne Asada straight off of the grill. Our pick for best dish came from Cancun – Pineapple Shrimp roasted in chipotle and topped with a blend of Mexican cheeses and grilled veggies. Just sweet enough to take the bite out of your Jalapeño Margarita.
Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar – For those who want a Mexican fiesta to go with their Mexican sauce, the LINQ presents Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar. The emphasis should be on the tequila, but this bar also serves a fantastic variety of Mexican cuisine. We recommend stopping by on Taco Tuesday, when you can get 2 for 1 margaritas and $3 tacos. Keep drinking your Tecate past 8, and you’ll even get the chance to ride Chayo, one of the wildest mechanical bull rides you will find in Vegas.
Diablo’s Cantina – Taking up two floors of the Monte Carlo is Diablo’s Cantina, a high energy hybrid where Mexican food meets fiesta. Take advantage of the second floors outside dining room to bite into some tasty steak tacos, wrapped in an authentic corn tortilla or take a stab at the ultimate quesadilla – five layers of carne asada, chunks of pork, jalapeño chicken, beans, guacamole and of course cheese. Our favorite pick was the pork chili verde enchiladas, chased down with a melon mojito, a perfect blend of savory Mexican spice and flavor.
Javier’s – The Aria is a mecca of international cuisine, with Javier’s representing our Mexican neighbors with an enticing array of plates from all over the pais. The food can best be described as Mexican comfort food, with rich flavor and spicy flair, with almost every dish accompanied by homemade beans and savory rice. The cheese fundido is a good place to start, with its generous chunks of chorizo, peppers and mushrooms immersed inside of the steaming Monterey jack. You’ll also find an enticing selection of prime tequila, which can be hand-shaken into the margarita of your choice. Those pair very nicely with the Steak Picado, an Angus skirt steak topped with sautéed onion, tomato and pasilla chiles.
La Comida – Standing alone down on Fremont Street is La Comida, whose concept is as simple as its name – authentic Mexican food that arouses all of your senses. Margarita’s are served to you in mason jars, and one of the house specialties is Mexican street corn – basically corn on the cob lathered in every condiment imaginable except butter and salt. Our favorite was their take on Ceviche de Camaron (shrimp ceviche) which combined large shrimp, mango and avocado into a rich clamato sauce, using plaintain chips to dip into it.
Pink Taco – The Hard Rock takes its Mexican cuisine seriously at Pink Taco, hand making everything from the corn tortillas to the black bean topping. The décor is eerie, calling upon Dia de los Muertos as its theme, but the food definitely brings life to your taste buds. By the name you know that tacos are a thing here, but we got crazy and went for bacon wrapped jalapeños stuffed with cheese, because even a hot pepper tastes better with bacon.
Lindo Michoacan – It only takes one bite of Pollo en Pipian to understand why Lindo Michoacan has been voted the Best Mexican Restaurant in Vegas 10 times. You have three locations to choose from, each with the same immense menu of authentic appetizers, entrees and desserts. We loved that they also included Mexican breakfast, and with zest killed our hangovers with spicy Heuvos Rancheros and a tall glass of creamy horchata.
You don’t need a passport to get a taste of what real Mexican food should be. Vegas has mucho restaurants that call upon the ancient Mexican spirits to deliver high quality, savory meals to their spice deprived northern neighbors.
***Menu's change often, so these are our picks at the time of publication!