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Friday, April 16, 2021

Bloomington's Best Mexican Restaurants

Categories: General, Wine & Culinary

Bloomington is known for its abundance and variety of international restaurants throughout town. Of all the global options, Mexican cuisine is one of the most prominent. With several mom-and-pop restaurants, a few trendy cantinas, and even a couple of food trucks, you'll never lack a place to go on Taco Tuesday. 

Casa Brava

Fajita dish from Casa Brava
Photo by Casa Brava

Casa Brava is a family-friendly, laid-back, authentic Mexican restaurant with a huge menu. They offer favorites including nachos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas, and much more — and they serve complimentary chips & salsa with your meal. Casa Brava also offers a small menu of lunch specials, no meal exceeding $8.00. It's a great place to go for an authentic Mexican dish at a great price!

El Ranchero

Several dishes from El Rachero
Photo by El Ranchero

With two locations in Bloomington and one location in Ellettsville, it's safe to say El Ranchero is a local favorite. The popular restaurant serves an enormous menu of over 174 authentic Mexican dishes. They say the super quesadilla is one of the most-ordered items, so if you can't decide what to get on your own, give their best-selling dish a try.


Tamales and drinks from Juannita's
Photo by Juannita's

Juannita's is a cozy, family-owned Mexican joint that shares a vast menu of authentic family recipes with the Bloomington community. From house specials and premium tacos to enchiladas and fajitas (and even more), there's something for everyone to enjoy at this local restaurant. Juannita's also has a food truck, a great deck with patio seating, and late night specials Tuesday through Friday.

La Bonita Restaurant & Market

An assortment of dishes from La Bonita
Photo by La Bonita Restaurant & Market

La Bonita serves authentic Mexican cuisine and has varying specials each day of the week, including Taco Tuesday to Carne Asada Fries Wednesday. The restaurant also doubles as a Mexican market, offering a variety of snacks, drinks, and baked goods.

La Poblana Taco Truck

Tacos from La Poblana Food Truck
Photo by La Poblana Taco Truck

La Poblana Taco Truck's mission is to serve an authentic Mexican experience that's both affordable and delicious. Inspired by the traditional food & spices of Puebla, Mexico, La Poblana makes all food to-order by following Puebla recipes. The truck offers a variety of tacos, burritos, tortas, and a number of specials. You can always find their current location on their website!

La Una Cantina

Tacos from La Una Cantina
Photo by La Una Cantina

La Una Cantina is a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar with the goal of putting a modern spin on traditional dishes. The cantina offers a variety of chips & dips, tortas, shareables, tacos, enchiladas, and dinner entrees. They're also known for their margarita selection and tequila flights — definitely order one or the other with your meal if you're in the 21+ crowd! La Una also offers a small brunch menu on the weekends, which includes Eggs Benedict Mexicana and a Croque Senor sandwich.

Pili's Party Deli

Plate of green chili pork & rice from Pili's Party Deli
Photo by Pili's Party Deli

Pili's Party Deli — located just off of The Square on Walnut Street, is an authentic Mexican Deli that serves different specials each day of the week and offers a small dry goods section. On Mondays and Saturdays, you can find chilaquiles & arroz con leche. On Tuesdays and Fridays, you can expect pan dulce Mexicano & champurrado. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, the deli serves tamales, tortas de tamal, and atole de fresa. 

Pili's Party Taco

Man serving platter of tacos from Pili's Party Taco Truck
Photo by Pili's Party Taco

Pili's Party Taco is another Bloomington food truck that sells authentic Mexican tacos & street fare, with meat options including carnitas, árabe, asada, and other varieties. Pili's has not one, but two taco trucks in town, and is the venture that led to the above Pili's Party Deli in 2020. Inspired by her home town of Puebla, Mexico, owner Maria del Pilar Gonzales is proud to share her authentic recipes with B-Town's residents & visitors.

Social Cantina

Chips and dip flight at Social Cantina
Photo by Social Cantina

Social Cantina specializes in tacos & tequila, with 10 upscale tacos to try and over 135 tequilas on deck. They also offer six unique cantina bowls, which can be made into burritos upon request, as well as a variety of quesadillas, enchiladas, and tamales. Meeting with friends for more of a social hour than a full-blown dinner? Order the chips & salsa flight and one of the cantina's incredible margarita pitchers for the table.

The 3 Amigos

Tacos, Spanish rice, and refried beans from The 3 Amigos
Photo by The 3 Amigos

The 3 Amigos follows authentic family recipes straight from Mexico, providing Bloomington with traditional fare in a laid-back environment. Their menu is huge, offering a variety of nachos, fajitas, dinner combos, dips, soups, chimichangas, salads, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, vegetarian options, steaks, chicken entrees, and seafood entrees. With both traditional options and more out-of-the-box dishes, you'll never get bored of The 3 Amigos menu.

Three Amigos Taqueria

Shrimp skewers from 3 Amigos Taqueria
Photo by Three Amigos Taqueria

The sister restaurant to The 3 Amigos, Three Amigos Taqueria boasts the same great food derived from family recipes, but with a new-age twist and an entirely made-from-scratch kitchen. The slightly smaller menu still offers a variety of options within each category — for example, they offer five different types of burritos — and they specialize in street tacos, offering 15 different single-taco options, allowing you to easily mix & match for maximum flavor.

Uno Mas Taco Truck

Nachos from Uno Mas Taco Truck
Photo by Uno Mas Taco Truck

Uno Mas Taco Truck offers northern Mexican-style cuisine. Their menu includes a variety of tacos, quesadillas, burritos, nachos, and Mexican breakfast options that are available all day. Uno Mas also offers a rotating selection of delicious Mexican desserts, from fried ice cream to chocoflan and more. They announce their location on a weekly basis on their Facebook page.

Viva Mas Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Several dishes and a margarita from Viva Mas
Photo by Viva Mas Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Viva Mas offers it all: nachos, salads, quesadillas, ceviche, chips & salsa/queso/guacamole, street tacos, lunch specials, vegetarian dinners, chicken entrees, seafood entrees, tortas, steaks, fajitas, chimichangas, enchiladas, burritos, a variety of house specials, Mexican desserts, and a full bar with tequila flights, specialty margaritas & mojitos, and even more. When we say Viva Mas has something for everyone, we mean it! The ambiance is just as delightful as the food — Viva Mas' decor is a nod to its Mexican and South American roots, featuring vibrant colors and beautiful cultural artwork from floor to ceiling. 

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Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's a proud Indiana University alumna, mom to four cats, and Formula 1 enthusiast. When she isn't at work, you can find Alyssa checking out the newest restaurants in the area with her husband, curled up at home with a great book, or planning her next trip to a destination near or far.