With approximately 60,000 Mexican restaurants in the United States, it confirms what most of us already know: Americans love Mexican cuisine. There are numerous reasons for this, but great taste, fresh ingredients, various options, and affordability head the list. Even though there are a lot of Mexican restaurants, this list examines a few that really stand out in the crowded field. Here is our guide to the best Mexican restaurants in Sarasota.
8405 Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34243
4436 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34233
For more than 20 years Mi Pueblo has been serving up authentic Mexican favorites. When you step through the doors, you will think you’ve been transported back to a tiny village in Mexico. They make all of the familiar dishes you expect, and some you wouldn’t. If you feel adventurous, try the Pollo con Mole (chocolate and chile poured over chicken). They have two locations in Sarasota (and another in Venice). The restaurant offers a live Mariachi band on select days. Please see their website for more information.
1603 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
Wicked Cantina serves up delicious Austin-style Tex Mex with all of their food prepared in-house on a daily basis. They also serve American food like burgers for those who would rather eat America. They have a happy hour that lasts from 12-5 daily and all day on Sunday. They also have live music on their patio.
1100 North Tuttle Ave. Unit 8, Sarasota, FL 34237
Mariscos specializes in Mexican seafood with rich, zesty flavors. They offer traditional Mexican cuisine as well, but the fresh Mexican seafood is what locals and tourists keep coming back for. With favorites like ceviche, shrimp tacos, grilled mahi mahi, and seafood fajitas, Mariscos is definitely the place for Mexican seafood.
6606 Superior Ave., Sarasota, FL 34231
If you are looking for a quick bite, the Screaming Goat Taqueria is your best bet for elevated street food like traditional Latin street tacos, mission burritos, bowls, and salads. While the flavor is not too hot or too spicy, it is intense, and the vibrant flavor is something that few places can compare with. They also offer many vegan and vegetarian selections. Plus, they have the absolute best name of any Mexican restaurant in the area.
3218 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34231
Since 2005, El Toro Bravo has specialized in Southwest Mexican cuisine for locals and returning tourists. This is a family-owned business that prides itself on selecting the freshest items possible, including Chef Ruben’s own special sauce creations. The menu is large and the restaurant consistently wins awards for being one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Greater Sarasota area.
All Mexican restaurants are not created equal. If you are on vacation, you don’t have time to gamble on restaurants that may or may not satisfy your Mexican food cravings. All of the above restaurants are sure to bring a smile to your face and to your tummy as well.