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What better way to spend a summer evening than relaxing the patio or deck of your favorite Mexican restaurant, margarita in hand, enjoying some chips and salsa or a tasty burrito with friends? If you are looking for a great place to hang out and enjoy some tasty Mexican food, there are many great options throughout Pittsburgh. From tacos and burritos to margaritas and top shelf tequila, you will find all of your south of the border favorites close to home.

Mad Mex
2 Robinson Plaza
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 494-5656
www.madmex.com

Located in Robinson, Mad Mex has a fresh Mexican menu with a California twist. From tequila flights to traditional and frozen margaritas, the bar has all of the trappings of a great Mexican beach vacation. Add in giant burritos stuffed with fresh, flavorful ingredients, spicy flavors and zesty sauces and the food is worth coming back for time and again. Try the grilled corn on the cob with a smoky chipotle drizzle, a seasonal summer favorite or the Mad Mex Burrito, made with your choice of grilled steak, chicken, shrimp or portobello mushrooms.

Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina
5491 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 404-8487
www.verdepgh.com

Verde Mexican Kitchen, near Bloomfield is a fun, casual restaurant bringing authentic Mexican flavors to the Pittsburgh area. With more than 200 tequila options on the menu, it has one of the largest selections in the state. Enjoy traditional favorites such as carne asada featuring Jubilee grass-fed strip steak with the sweet flavor of an agave glaze and guajillo-squash puree along with roasted vegetables and flavorful avocado. Try it with a side of traditional seasoned rice and black beans.

Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar
2557 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 381-2229
www.emilianos.net

With a location in the South Side as well as northern locations in Gibsonia and Cranberry, Emiliano’s is a great option for meeting up with friends and colleagues. Enjoy super fresh guacamole made right at your table or start your meal off with some chips with hot and gooey cheese dip. For your meal, enjoy a variety of traditional chicken, shrimp, steak or pork dishes or tacos, fajitas or burritos filled with your Mexican favorites.

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Las Velas Mexican Restaurant
21 Market St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 251-0031
www.lasvelasmex.com

If you work downtown and are looking for a great lunch or happy hour spot, Las Velas, located in Market Square, is a great option. Relax in the heart of downtown while enjoying authentic cuisine created by Mexico City native David Montanez. Treat yourself to a lunch of filet mignon tacos with sweet mango pico de gallo or a hearty burrito salad. For happy hour, enjoy half off appetizers, discounted margaritas and house-made sangria. It’s the perfect start to the weekend.

Round Corner Cantina
3720 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 904-2279
www.roundcornercantina.com

Enjoy summer dining at the Round Corner Cantina in Lawrenceville. Lounge on the outdoor patio while sipping a cold beer or sampling tequila with friends. Get a plate of chips with a variety of salsas or queso options for the table. Afterwards, try one of the specialty tacos, tostadas or fresh arugula salad. A sweet and savory favorite is the Puerco tacos filled with pork belly, radish for some crunch and sweet apple pico with cilantro to perfectly complement the meat.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.