These Mexican restaurants in Sacramento and the surrounding regions all host menus which are unique in some way.
While there are a ton of exceptional taquería, Tex-Mex, and Mexicali cuisine, these are not those types of restaurants. Explore these restaurants to experience some of the more diverse and culturally significant foods of Mexico.
To make it onto this list, these Mexican restaurants throughout the Sacramento region must offer a combination of traditional Mexican ingredients, modern elements of cooking, and a unique gastronomical experience.
If you’re looking for more than Mexican food, check out the post on all the best restaurants Sacramento has to offer.
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Antojo Street Taco bar
Find traditional Mexican dishes uncommonly made in the states such as Pescado blanco a la Veracruzana, ample usage of squash blossoms and epazote.
Mexican sports bar with over the top style dishes, giant molcajetes, creative vegan options, and ample usage of fresh nopales.
La Flor de Michoacán
Explore fusion between Mexican and Salvadoran dishes. Fried plantains and pupusas, tamales with pineapple, and incredible curtido.
Unique uses of mushrooms and chilies throughout their dishes.
Some of their menu items use traditional Mexican ingredients and styles, such as the menudo, barbacoa, and huitlacoche.
The owner hails from Michoacán, influencing many of the dishes, which are also meant to give a tour of Mexican cuisine. Explore all the way from Yucatan to the Acapulco coast.
Mezcalito Oaxacan Cuisine
Traditional Oaxacan menu. Try ordering outside of your comfort zone and what looks familiar.
Try their mole or a Tlayuda for some authentic Oaxacan cuisine. The Avocado Salsa Fresca is one of the most fun guacamole-esque appetizers I’ve had the pleasure of eating.
Midtown’s Cantina Alley
Fresh and hip, ample usage of papas (potatoes), radishes, and roasted poblanos. Plenty of traditional dishes here with just a minor twist to salivate, but not get you completely out of your comfort zone. Creative art placement adds to the ambiance as you dine in the alley’s patio.
Come here expecting a loud, vibrant scene. Dishes that have really stood out to me include:
The carne asada quesadilla, which is stuffed full of ingredients and could be an entree on its own. Ample cabbage and radish slices top each piece, arranged in a sushi roll like style line on the plate.
If you’re a fan of soup, the pozole verde is tangy, spicy, and will have you eating beyond the point of being full. The use of cachanilla salsa really packs a flavor punch to the already nourishing hominy-based stew.
The vegan taco del monte holds portabella mushrooms sauteed in a balsamic reduction, with salsa verde and nutritional yeast, making it one of my favorites items here.
A diverse assortment of creatively put together tacos with fresh-made tortillas.
More to Try
Have a suggestion of a Mexican restaurant here in Sacramento I need to check out? Leave a comment below.
Try one of these and discover a new favorite dish or regional interpretation? I’d love to hear what you tried and fell in love with.
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