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Best Mexican Food In Pittsburgh

May 5, 2011 6:00 AM

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!! While the ‘Burgh is nowhere near the Southwest, there are plenty of options for Tex-Mex food. Some crowd pleasers offer spicy homemade salsa and sizzling fajitas and great Mexican beer selections. Read on for a taste of Mexico here in Pennsylvania!

El Campesino

4771 McKnight Road #2; Ross Township
412-366-8730

Water Dam Centre
4175 Washington Road; McMurray
724-941-6438

Jonnet Plaza
4063 William Penn Highway; Monroeville
412-373-1772

Robinson Town Center
460 Home Drive; Robinson
412-787-2225

www.elcampesino.net

With locations through Pittsburgh’s many neighborhoods, El Campesino has something for everyone. Some locations are BYOB, or “Bring Your Own Beer.” KDKA staffers say, “The guacamole is killer!” and recommend the enchiladas with verde salsa.

Patron Mexican Grill

11675 Perry Highway; Wexford
724-935-3559
www.patronmexgrill.com

Located in the northern part of Allegheny County, Patron Mexican Grill touts its use of fresh ingredients and traditional Mexican recipes. The restaurant makes fresh chips and salsa for their guests. One KDKA staff member says, “A real family-friendly restaurant. You can stay as long as you like and order as much or as little as you like. Food is always wonderful!”

Cocina Mendoza

300 Mt. Lebanon Blvd; Castle Shannon
412-531-2001
www.cocinamendoza.com

Cocina Mendoza is owned and operated by a native from Acapulco. The restaurant is pleased to offer a variety of authentic Mexican dishes and family recipes. According to one KDKA staff member the restaurant is, “Casual and authentic… Great Mexican beer too.”

Rey Azteca

11655 Frankstown Road; Penn Hills
412-242-5655

Patrons of Rey Azteca love their fresh chips and salsa. There are also several entrees available under $10.00. People who love this restaurant also rave about their queso.

Cozumel

1145 E. Pittsburgh Street; Greensburg
724-836-2653

One KDKA staff member describes Cozumel’s outdoor deck as “One of Greensburg’s hidden treasures. It’s located right on Route 30, but you’ll feel like you’re on vacation!” Patrons love the big portions and great atmosphere.

Franklin Inn Mexican Restaurant

2313 Rochester Road; Franklin Park
412-366-4140
www.franklininn.net

The Franklin Inn has been open for over 30 years. They have a take-out menu and also offer catering services for parties. The owners insist on fresh ingredients to use in their dishes. One KDKA staffer says, “Great fajitas and the best margarita in town. You’ve got to try their homemade ice cream and black bean dip appetizer.”

Jose and Tony’s Mexican Food

1573 Mcfarland Road; Mt. Lebanon
412-561-2025

Fans of Jose and Tony’s rave about their low prices. Patrons say it’s a good place to grab a beer, sit back and relax. One KDKA staffer says, “Their Mexican Pizza is a favorite!”

Hungry Jose’s Sports Bar & Party Center

78 W. Maiden Street; Washington
724-222-9404
www.julians.biz

A unique combination of great Mexican food and event center, Hungry Jose’s is a wonderful place to hold a family gathering. They offer catering, too, in case you want Hungry Jose’s to come to you.

Honorable Mentions

Chain restaurants with various locations:

Mad Mex

www.madmex.com

On the Border

www.ontheborder.com

(Pittsburgh Magazine also recommends Mad Mex, El Campesino and the Franklin Inn Mexican Restaurant.)

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