Making this list is not easy. First of all, what is the best of anything is always a matter of much opinion, but what is the best of the best of Mexican Food here in this valley is nearly impossible.
There are hundreds of fantastic restaurants here in the Coachella Valley and that includes dozens of those specializing in Mexican food so the task at hand is daunting. I did a little research… snooped around, asked people I know… and here is what we came up with.
This list is in no particular order:
1. Pueblo Viejo Grill, Palm Desert
Those asked said it’s the fresh ingredients, and generous hospitality that make the perfect Pueblo Viejo Grill combination. Live music, three locations, one in Indio, two in Palm Desert.
2. El Mirasol, Palm Springs
Apparently where the celebrities and everyone else go when they want authentic delicious Mexican food. Known for their Margaritas.
3. Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill, Palm Springs
People rave about their poblano relleno.
4. Las Casuelas, Palm Springs
Family-owned mini-chain serves margaritas & Mexican dishes amid a bustling ambiance & patio seating. Delicious enchiladas; try the chips and guacamole.
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5. Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill, Palm Desert
Famous for blending traditional with contemporary.
6. Tacos Ganzalez, Indio
What to get there? Tacos! People go on and on about how good they are!
7. Oceans, Cathedral City
The restaurant serves many cuisines but what is uniquely Mexican gets cheers from visitors. Everything fish and they do it well!
8. El Gallito, Cathedral City
I haven’t lived in the area long and even I have heard how great this small, quaint Mexican restaurant is.
9. La Perlita, Palm Springs
Word on the street is that this is THE place for the best chili rellenos. Enough said.
10. El Mexicali Café, Indio
About as old school as you can get. Delicious, no frills Mexican goodness.
Whichever Mexican restaurant you choose, you won’t be disappointed.