Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Best Mexican Restaurants in Topeka

If you are a native Topekan like me you know Topeka has a ton of Mexican restaurants. Instead of reviewing some of them, since there are so many, I thought I would just rank my top favorites in town.

1. El Mezcal

El Mezcal is voted No. 1 in Topeka and I can't argue with that. I have been to their various locations and each time I am impressed. My favorite is the Burrito Gigante and I get that almost every time I visit. I have tried many of the menu items over the years and I don't think there has been anything I was unhappy with. Plus, there are various locations so it's always close.


The North Topeka location

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The Fairlawn location

2. Cielito Lindo

This place is awesome, especially their lunch buffet. They offer it at a low price and the buffet features a wide variety of items. My favorite is always the white cheese sauce and the guacamole - usually these items are expensive when bought by themselves but here they are included. The fajitas are great and they offer some different combinations, such as their Hawaiian-style fajitas. I would recommend this place over many restaurants in town.

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3. Casa

A long time favorite of mine is Casa. Their lunch buffet is always good and their fried ice cream is something to write home about.

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4. Taco Casa

My grandma Pat always brought me to the Taco Casa on Sixth Avenue. It's mostly microwaved but at least I know it's real meat and not some powder mixed with water and grilled. I love the family atmosphere and you always know what you are gonna get. I love the tostidos, the queso and their burritos, without the black olives, of course.

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5. Pancho's

This is a great late-night spot for some Mexican food, especially if you don't want Taco Bell. The menu offers items that can normally be found on most Mexican restaurant menus and prices are low. I have been here a few times and I never left unhappy or hungry. Their portions are huge and I can never finish my entree. They also offer Jarritos in various flavors and that's a huge plus for me, I love Jarritos.

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6. Taco Villa

Yeah, yeah. Some would say this isn't a "Mexican" restaurant but I still like it. The food is mostly micrwaved, or so it seems, but the food is fresh and not packaged. The service is fast, the food is cheap. The Thing is a popular choice on the menu and I like to order that as well as the taco burger.

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