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The Ten Best Mexican Restaurants in St. Louis 

Within the last few years, St. Louis has been lucky enough to experience an explosion of Mexican cuisine, with new restaurants popping up offering both authentic and modern options. Cherokee Street in particular has gained a well-deserved reputation for serving as the epicenter, but our collective craving for chips and salsa, taqueria fare and top-shelf margaritas has spread out across the city -- by the time you read this, a new taco shop will have probably opened up. In fact there are so many worthy contenders for Best Mexican, we had tough time selecting our ten favorites. Nevertheless, here's a helpful list of places to start. -- Zach Garrison

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Jennifer Silverberg
"Mission Taco (6235 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-5430)

Don't let the name confuse you. Mission is far more than just a "taco joint
Jennifer Silverberg
"Mission Taco (6235 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-5430)

Don't let the name confuse you. Mission is far more than just a "taco joint
Jennifer Silverberg
"Mission Taco (6235 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-5430)

Don't let the name confuse you. Mission is far more than just a "taco joint
Madelaine Azar
"Nachomama's (9643 Manchester Road, Rock Hill; 314-961-9110)

Welcome to the best independent Tex-Mex fast-food joint in St. Louis.
Madelaine Azar
"Nachomama's (9643 Manchester Road, Rock Hill; 314-961-9110)

Welcome to the best independent Tex-Mex fast-food joint in St. Louis.
Madelaine Azar
"Nachomama's (9643 Manchester Road, Rock Hill; 314-961-9110)

Welcome to the best independent Tex-Mex fast-food joint in St. Louis.
Madelaine Azar
"Taqueria El Bronco (2817 Cherokee Street; 314-762-0691)

When you walk into Taqueria El Bronco, two TVs playing telenovelas
Madelaine Azar
"Taqueria El Bronco (2817 Cherokee Street; 314-762-0691)

When you walk into Taqueria El Bronco, two TVs playing telenovelas
Madelaine Azar
"Taqueria El Bronco (2817 Cherokee Street; 314-762-0691)

When you walk into Taqueria El Bronco, two TVs playing telenovelas
Madelaine Azar
"La Tejana Taqueria (3149 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Maryland Heights; 314-291-8500)

If you've ever dreamed of a liquor sto
Madelaine Azar
"La Tejana Taqueria (3149 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Maryland Heights; 314-291-8500)

If you've ever dreamed of a liquor sto
Madelaine Azar
"La Tejana Taqueria (3149 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Maryland Heights; 314-291-8500)

If you've ever dreamed of a liquor sto
Madelaine Azar
"Chava's (925 Geyer Avenue; 314-241-5503)

Fresh salsa and tortilla chips in abundance get things started, and ten different margarita
Madelaine Azar
"Chava's (925 Geyer Avenue; 314-241-5503)

Fresh salsa and tortilla chips in abundance get things started, and ten different margarita fla
Madelaine Azar
"Chava's (925 Geyer Avenue; 314-241-5503)

Fresh salsa and tortilla chips in abundance get things started, and ten different margarita flavors
Madelaine Azar
"La Vallesana (2801 Cherokee Street; 314-776-4223)

Next time you find yourself sitting on La Vallensana's outside patio watching
Madelaine Azar
"La Vallesana (2801 Cherokee Street; 314-776-4223)

Next time you find yourself sitting on La Vallensana's outside patio watching
Madelaine Azar
"La Vallesana (2801 Cherokee Street; 314-776-4223)

Next time you find yourself sitting on La Vallensana's outside patio watching
Madelaine Azar
"Mi Ranchito (887 Kingsland Avenue, University City; 314-863-1880)

Tucked away in a strip mall just north of the bustling Delmar L
Madelaine Azar
"Mi Ranchito (887 Kingsland Avenue, University City; 314-863-1880)

Tucked away in a strip mall just north of the bustling Delmar L
Madelaine Azar
"Mi Ranchito (887 Kingsland Avenue, University City; 314-863-1880)

Tucked away in a strip mall just north of the bustling Delmar L
Madelaine Azar
"Milagro Modern Mexican (20 Allen Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-962-4300)

Boasting something a little different, Milagro offer
Madelaine Azar
"Milagro Modern Mexican (20 Allen Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-962-4300)

Boasting something a little different, Milagro offer
Madelaine Azar
"Milagro Modern Mexican (20 Allen Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-962-4300)

Boasting something a little different, Milagro offer
Madelaine Azar
"Siete Luminarias (2818 Cherokee Street; 314-932-1333)

Brothers Ramón and Luis García have added yet another destination to the list
Madelaine Azar
"Siete Luminarias (2818 Cherokee Street; 314-932-1333)

Brothers Ramón and Luis García have added yet another destination to the list
Madelaine Azar
"Siete Luminarias (2818 Cherokee Street; 314-932-1333)

Brothers Ramón and Luis García have added yet another destination to the list
Madelaine Azar
"Lily's Mexican Restaurant (4601 South Kingshighway; 314-352-1894)

Lily's Mexican Restaurant sits unassumingly on the cor
Madelaine Azar
"Lily's Mexican Restaurant (4601 South Kingshighway; 314-352-1894)

Lily's Mexican Restaurant sits unassumingly on the cor
Madelaine Azar
"Lily's Mexican Restaurant (4601 South Kingshighway; 314-352-1894)

Lily's Mexican Restaurant sits unassumingly on the cor
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Jennifer Silverberg
"Mission Taco (6235 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-5430)

Don't let the name confuse you. Mission is far more than just a "taco joint

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