TB's Guide to Mexican
By: Talk Bangkok
It's America's birthday and Americans will celebrate the only way they know how: binge drinking, blowing things up and eating unhealthily large portions of food. And the food that all Americans eat and enjoy in unhealthy amounts is Mexican food. In every town in every state, Mexican restaurants are a staple just as Isaarn restaurants make their mark in all of Thailand's amphoes. While Mexican cuisine has not become quite as popular as other types of food in Bangkok, there are still a number of options scattered around town to get your fix of la comida sabrosa.

La Monita Taqueria

Most periodicals and editorials proclaim La Monita as the best Mexican restaurant in Bangkok. You will hear no argument from Talk Bangkok. La Monita's guacamole is silky smooth and the ingredients are California fresh. There are ten different fillings for the plethora of Mexican dishes on the menu and these can be spiced up even further with the homemade salsa at the salsa bar for a variety of different tastes and flavors. The tortillas here are just right and the burritos are filled with colorful ingredients. The only downside to this colorful Taqueria are its prices which are a bit higher than some of the other Mexican spots in town, but the extra baht just may be worth it.

El Diablo's

This small burrito joint is a bit newer on the scene in Bangkok, but its Chiang Mai sister shop is THE spot for Mexican in Lanna land. At the Bangkok iteration, the burritos are stuffed to the seams with meat, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, rice and beans, leaving diners rubbing their stomachs in a post-meal food coma. It is also now serving up tamales on their regular menu in addition to the other very affordable Mexican classics. Each meal is served with a side of homemade tortillas, however, some complain that they are a bit too oily. The bottom line is that El Diablo's is how Mexican should be: cheesy, sloppy and delicious.

Sunrise Tacos

Sunrise is probably the most well known Mexican place in town due to its longevity, central location and bright neon lights. Its five other locations also help make it easily accessible no matter where you are in the city. Sunrise's best feature is that it is open 24 hours making it an ideal destination for late night munching. The quesadillas here are pretty loaded with cheese and quite tasty. The build-your-own-burritos and a full salsa bar are nice additions as well. Many Mexican food enthusiasts often criticize Sunrise and there are some fair points. Particularly that the tortilla chips are too thick and have an almost biscuity (in the British sense) crunch to them. But if you are the big dog in town you have to be able to take the heat.

Coyote

Currently, Coyote's Sukhumvit location is closed for relocation, but the Soi Convent branch is alive and kicking. Coyote offers some great deals such as the Monday all you can eat buffet for only THB 299 and the two-for-one margarita happy hour. The margaritas are not to be overlooked as Coyote has over 75 different types of the festive drink. The food is a bit pricey and just okay, however the nachos were filling and quite good. Did we mention the margaritas?

Que Chido

While the restaurants above are more Mexican-American style cuisine, Que Chido brings a more authentic Mexican style to the Big Mango. The Northern cuisine has an extensive list of Mexican dishes, many of which are not offered at the other locations, such as barbacoa, taquitos and a slew of Mexican soups and stews. The dishes are simple, and just about everything is served mojado, or with everything but the meat on top. This isn't a place to make a pilgrimage to, but if you are in the area and craving Mexican, this place will satisfy your itch.

 


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