After some intense debate and a whole lot of enchiladas — here are the 5 best Mexican restaurants in Charlotte.
Casual Tex-Mex joint with over 100 tequilas near SouthPark Mall
Must-order dish: Outlaw steak fajita – giant portion of wood-grilled marinated skirt steak cooked to order on a wood-burning grill ($20). Fajitas are served with onions, green peppers, charro beans, lettuce, red rice, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, jalapeños, shredded cheese, Mexican butter and warm homemade flour tortillas.
Money:$$. Most dishes are in the $10-$15 range.
Agenda pro tip: If you’re a queso person, give their Volcano Queso a shot – blend of cheeses melted with pineapple, jalapeno bacon, onions and poblano peppers ($10).
Location and hours: SouthPark. Open daily, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Trendy Atlanta-based Tex-Mex restaurant from chef Ford Frye
Appetizer: Skip the guacamole and go with the queso fundido – broiled Monterey Jack and Chihuahua cheeses, served with warm tortillas and salsa cremosa ($10). Watch: Ted & Katie’s cheese pull challenge.
Cocktail: Go with the Matador – El Jimador Blanco, pineapple, lime, cilantro, served up ($10) or the Red Headed Stranger – Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka, Campari, fresh grapefruit ($11).
Money: $$$. Most entrees range from $18-$38, fajitas $20-$28, enchiladas $13-$15 and tacos $13-$16. You get it, it’s not a cheap Mexican spot.
Location and hours: South End in the Design Center. Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.- 10 p.m., Friday: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.- 11 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.- 11 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.