La Fiesta Mexican Grill
Address3000 Curry Ford Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-985-4340
Price$$
Scott's Review
A move from its original space in an office complex across the street gives La Fiesta a bigger and nicer dining area, plus a full bar. Just wish the food was a little better.... Read more
La Hacienda De San Angel
AddressMexico Pavilion
Epcot Center
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$
Scott's Review
La Hacienda is one of the newest restaurant at Epcot's World Showcase. It sits in front of the Mexico pavilion and juts out over the lagoon, which gives it a unique vantage point for the nightly Illuminatons show. The food is not authentic, but it's very good. Be sure to try the chiles toreados y chorizitos, a bowl of bright green peppers and little fat chorizo pork links, sort of a Mexican version of Vienna sausages, all charred and grilled; and one of the mixed grill platters, which have enough for two to share. There’s a wonderful dessert at meal’s end, a tamal de dulce. It’s an actual corn masa tamale only sweet, and filled with guava then topped with strawberry coulis. Delicious.... Read more
Las Cazuelas
Address4024 S Conway Road
CityOrlando
Phone407-250-4608
Price$
Scott's Review
Good, authentic Mexican food, clean bright dining area, friendly people. What else do you need?... Read more
Los Primos
Address1 W. Silver Star Road
CityOcoee
Phone407-905-0224
Price$

This is one of my favorite authentic Mexican restaurants in the area. Nothing fancy -- why should it be? -- just good, food.

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Mesa 21
Address1414 N. Orange Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-930-8000
Price$$
Scott's Review
Situated on Lake Ivanhoe, Mesa 21 has one of the best outdoor patios in town. The food measures up, too.... Read more
Mexican Camel
Address5752 International Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-375-0000
Price$
Scott's Review
It's an assemblage restaurant –choose a platform, a protein and toppings. But the twist is that it features Mexican and Mediterranean options, so you can make all the wrong choices in two different cuisines.... Read more
MX Taco
Address207 N. Bumby Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-730-5241
Price$
Scott's Review
Some who have jumped on the taco-slinger bandwagon would have you believe that a taco is a taco is a taco. But Ryan Manning, who has lived and worked in Mexico as a chef with Ritz-Carlton, will tell you that each region has its own style, with distinguishing salsas, moles and meats. I came back from a recent visit to Mexico where I had one outstanding taco and the next day visited Manning’s new Milk District restaurant, MX Taco, where I had seven. ... Read more
Pepe's Cantina
Address433 W. New England Ave.
CityWinter Park
Phone321-972-4881
Price$$
Scott's Review
Mi Tomatina, the paella place in Winter Park’s Hannibal Square, is now Pepe’s Cantina. While Spanish may still be spoken here, the dialect is more Mexican than Catalan. And there’s a distinct Texas accent, as well. Pepe’s Facebook page (the website is still “under construction) states that chef Jose Baranenko’s menu “puts a new twist on traditional Mexican cuisine.” Inasmuch as fajitas and nachos — and burgers, for that matter — are Mexican it’s only because they migrated from the country to the north. But I’ll not quibble about authenticity. I had a pleasant visit to Pepe’s recently, and if the cantina vibe isn’t quite in sync with such neighbors as Chez Vincent, Mynt and Armando’s — Pepe’s Facebook page is promoting an event called Cinco de Drinko — it isn’t any more out of place than, say, Dexter’s down the block.... Read more