Does the aroma of fresh, homemade tortillas, rice and beans and slow-simmered beef and pork set your mouth watering with anticipation for a delicious Mexican meal? Then you’re in the right place, because Tulsa has some really great Mexican-style restaurants. Here are a few to try that are known for their real, authentic Mexican food.
If you love good Mexican food, you'll love El Rio Verde. Named "Best Mexican Restaurant in Tulsa" by the Tulsa Voice for 2015, this is a cult favorite among diners. Patrons rave about the "Wet Burrito," a huge Carne Asada burrito topped with cilantro, sour cream and guacamole. For good Mexican comfort food, you can’t go wrong with a large bowl of the chicken tortilla soup. There’s also a complimentary bowl of chips and salsa to enjoy while you wait for your food.
This Mexican restaurant may be small and tucked away on a side street, but the food is considered some of the best authentic Mexican food around. Menu items like chilaquiles rojo, chorizo con huevos, homemade seasoned rice and beans, tacos al pastor, menudo, enchiladas, pork tamales and other authentic dishes make this a worthwhile stop for lunch or dinner. The service is good and most meals are under $10.
The Elote Cafe is located in the heart of the Deco District. They support local farmers and focus on creating recipes using the freshest ingredients available. The house special is "Puffy Tacos," aptly named because the tortillas are very thick and puff when cooked. Filled with local, all-natural beef or pork, free-range chicken, or sweet potatoes and black beans, they’re finished off with caramelized onions, tomato onion relish and crema fresca. And if you like to sing, bring some friends along for Friday night Karaoke.
Calaveras Mexican Grill was a finalist for "Best New Restaurant" by the Tulsa Voice for 2015. They offer an extensive menu at affordable prices. The dishes are fresh and flavorful, and many of the recipes have distinct Jaliscan seasonings that you can’t find anywhere else in Tulsa. Whether you're in the mood for a bowl of pozole verde, or chicken flautas with a glass of Horchata, you’ll be able to find something to your liking here.
If you know of any other good Mexican restaurants near Springs at Woodlands South, please list them in the comments below along with your favorite menu item.