Restaurant Listings: Mexican
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1360 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia
Nothing special, but good, inexpensive Americanized Tex-Mex food. They've recently started serving a few more authentic dishes.
2811 Seventh Ave. South (Southside/Lakeview)
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.
4701 Hwy. 280 (Inverness area)
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.
702 Valley Ave.
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).
3724 Lorna Road
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).
360 Palisades Blvd. (Homewood, near Green Springs)
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."
3305 Lorna Rd.
(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."
3083 Pelham Parkway
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).
201 Southgate Dr., Pelham (off Hwy. 119)
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."
3732 River Run Dr. (Vestavia/Liberty Park)
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.