Top 5 Mexican Restaurants in Hamilton


Mexico is a popular place with amazing beaches, resorts, and of course incredible food. 

I have been to Mexico once in my life and have been thinking about the food ever since (keep in mind that I went years ago ... and I am still thinking about the food!). And while Hamilton may not be famous for its beaches or resorts, the city is quite popular for its growing food scene. And Hamilton is home to a few Mexican restaurants that will make customers feel as if they just got transported to the land of the sand!

Here are the top five Mexican restaurants in Hamilton.

5. Marias Tortas

This take-out restaurant located in Stoney Creek serves up Mexican classics such as tortas Jalisco (a classic Mexican sandwich), and burritos (one of my fave menu options), and so much more.

If you're not in the mood to go to this location but still in the mood for Marias Tortas offers, you can have it delivered through Skip the Dishes (one of the greatest inventions ever).

In addition to the typical menu, there are also daily specials at Marias Tortas some of which include tamales, Chile Rellenos, and huaraches.

4. Papagayo Restaurant

Not only does Papagayo Restaurant provide its customers with incredible Mexican food, but the restaurant also shows people the Mexican way of life through its colour scheme and decor. 

Whether you're enjoying the restaurant's nacho platter for two, the quesadillas, or the tamales, eating at Papagayo will make you feel like you've just walked into a traditional Mexican home.

To top it all off, Papagayo Restaurant is open for dinner seven days a week and open for lunch Monday through Friday. 

3. The Mule

I never hesitate to say yes when someone asks me to go to The Mule. In fact, I will almost always drop any previous plans I had in order to make a trip to one of downtown Hamilton's finest restaurants.

This unique restaurant is best known for its incredible taco menu (note that the menu is subject to change). After being seated, customers can choose from a wide variety of taco choices (some of my favourites in the past have included the ginger carrot taco and the fish taco). Of course, the ingredients inside the tacos are mouth-watering, however, most conversations I've had with people about The Mule's tacos consist of how incredible and fresh the tortillas are. 

If tacos aren't your thing, The Mule also dishes out a divine watermelon salad, fried calamari, mango shrimp ceviche, and whitefish ceviche.

One of the best parts about The Mule is that anyone can eat here - all of the restaurant's food is 100 per cent gluten-free. The restaurant also offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan menu options!

2. Mezcal Tacos & Tequila

What's better than tacos and tequila? Nothing, absolutely nothing, however, customers get much more than just that when visiting Mezcal on James Street South. 

Not only can customers enjoy Mezcals huge taco and tequila selection but they can also enjoy the restaurant's nachos, taco salad, cocktails (try the lime margarita, it's delicious!), and beer. 

If you are craving a taco, you'll want to try the Baja fish (beer battered cod with crema, salsa Verde, Rojo, citrus cabbage, and radish), calamari (morcilla, fried calamari, lemon aioli, red pepper, sesame, and onion sprouts), and the squash + kale (whipped cotija, fried kale, cider braised squash, honey lime vinaigrette, lemon aioli, pumpkin seeds, and cilantro), and.... well, you're going to want to try them all, but those are a few of my personal favourites!

1. Mesa

Mesa is a small but cozy restaurant located on James Street North that caters to all of those who love authentic Mexican food!

The menu at Mesa features anything you could ever want when you're craving Mexican food, however, a few of our favourite choices include the nachos, the quesadilla dish (four corn wedges filled with cheese and a choice of meat, and topped with lettuce, sour cream, zesty salsa and pico de gallo) served with rice, beans, and salad, and the taco dish (this one may seem like a no-brainer but you must try it).

The cover shot of the article is the grilled panela with oaxaca cheese topped with beef.

Although, no matter what you order at Mesa, you'll want to come back for more!

Where’s your favourite Mexican joint in Hamilton?


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