Restaurant Listings: Mexican

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Sol Azteca

1360 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia
979-4902
Nothing special, but good, inexpensive Americanized Tex-Mex food. They've recently started serving a few more authentic dishes.

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 10:20AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments7 Comments

Sol Y Luna

2811 Seventh Ave. South (Southside/Lakeview)
322-1186
www.birminghammenus.com/solyluna
Outside dining available. Reservations suggested. Although they have a few dinner specials, this is primarily a tapas and tequila bar. And these are not your typical nachos, tacos and quesadillas. Go with a group and order a variety of tapas to share while you sip fine tequilas, fresh-lime margaritas or other items from the full bar. Some of our favorites are the mussels, the crabmeat enchiladas and the lobster soft tacos. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Open late.

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 10:18AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments3 Comments

Superior Grill

4701 Hwy. 280 (Inverness area)
(205) 991-5112
http://birmingham.superiorgrill.com/
One of four, all located in the Southeast. Outdoor bar area, live music. The bar is so popular that you may have a hard time finding a parking place, but the food's good, too. Great fresh-made flour tortillas and guacamole. Nice departures from typical Tex-Mex, with entrees like grilled shrimp kabobs, crawfish enchiladas and veggie fajitas.

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 10:16AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments5 Comments

Taqueria La Reyna

702 Valley Ave.
942-0068
Authentic taqueria with handmade in-house tortillas. City Scene (January 2009) says the lengua (seasoned beef tongue) may be the city's best. Other good choices are pastor (sweet/spicy flame-cooked pork), fried tripa (tripe) and carne asada (thin-sliced marinated beef). 

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 09:37PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments1 Comment

Taqueria Mexico

3724 Lorna Road
989-5559
One of the first places to serve authentic tacos in Birmingham. Recommended on a "cheap eats" thread on Chowhound.com, August 2007. In another thread in October 2007, someone said, "Their tacos are great ... (I'm crazed for carnitas). They also have quail on the menu. ... good tortas, as well." City Scene (January 2009) says there are only six choices, but "everything is stellar." Tortillas are house-made, but they run out on busy days and switch to commercial ones. Try the carnitas (pork), lengua (seasoned beef tongue) and chicharron (fried pork rinds softened in sauce).

Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 03:09PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments1 Comment

Taqueria Mi Casita

360 Palisades Blvd. (Homewood, near Green Springs)
870-4406
Authentic, no-frills Mexican home cooking (you'll find tacos with fillings such as cactus and tongue) accompanied by TV tuned to a Spanish-language station. City Scene (January 2009) notes they have one of the largest taco selections in town, including breakfast tacos. "Check out the chicharron (fried pork rinds cooked in a sauce), lengua (seasoned beef tongue) and carnitas."

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 10:09AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments1 Comment

Taqueria Valencia

3305 Lorna Rd.
822-1366
(In the same shopping center as Silver Coin and Taste of Thailand off Lorna Road)
A Chowhound.com post said, "Chorizo taco was good with the seared chorizo and a little pico de gallo, plus a squeeze of lime and some of the salsa verde which the waitress brought out with the taco ... Torta al pastor was near perfect."

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2007 at 02:23PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments2 Comments

Tienda Latina Camino Real

3083 Pelham Parkway
664-0104
Market with meat counter and restaurant that sells eight different kinds of authentic tacos. Good choices, according to a January 2009 City Scene article, include lengua (seasoned beef tongue) and pastor (sweet/spicy pork). 

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 09:41PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments1 Comment

Two Pesos Mexican Cafe

201 Southgate Dr., Pelham (off Hwy. 119)
987-3800
A post on a local forum praised their tamales: "No ground mystery meat or wad of masa here! Give these folks a try, and pick up an enchilada too. I will keep looking, but I don't expect to find better! If you imbibe, their Margaritas (over Ice, not frozen) are simply delicious!!" A review on Yahoo Local says, "The flan is so perfect it will ruin you for most others."

Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 10:44AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments4 Comments

Zona Rosa Cafe

3732 River Run Dr. (Vestavia/Liberty Park)
(205) 977-2459
Upscale Tex-Mex from the owners of Mexico Lindo. A 2006 City Scene review said "Zona Rosa may become your favorite Mexican restaurant," giving high marks to mahi with mango salad and enchilada de Mariscos (blue corn enchiladas filled with a creamy seafood filling). Lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 10:00AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments17 Comments