Craving Mexican food?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Mexican restaurants around Cincinnati, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs.
1. Taqueria San Marcos
Topping the list is Taqueria San Marcos. Located at 5201 Carthage Ave., this spot is the highest rated inexpensive Mexican restaurant in Cincinnati, boasting 4.5 stars out of 112 reviews on Yelp.
A business profile with Channel WCPO Cincinnati explained that husband-and-wife owners Juan and Elvira Zacarias are originally from Guatemala and serve only authentic Mexican and Guatemalan cuisine. The name of the restaurant is from the Guatemalan city of San Marcos.
2. Veracruz Mexican Grill
Next up is East Price Hill's Veracruz Mexican Grill, situated at 3108 Price Ave. With 4.5 stars out of 96 reviews on Yelp, the Mexican spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a cheap option.
The menu features traditional favorites like tacos, fajitas, gorditas and quesadillas.
3. Gomez Salsa
Over-The-Rhine's Gomez Salsa, located at 107 E. 12th St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly Mexican spot four stars out of 284 reviews.
The business' website shares that owner Andrew Gomez, originally from Brownsville, Texas, was inspired to learn how to make the best tacos and salsa that his grandmother and father made for him as a child and bring those recipes to the Cincinnati area. The menu features the tacos and salsa along with a hybrid burrito called a turtle shell.
4. Mama Lo Hizo
Over in Over-The-Rhine, check out Mama Lo Hizo, which has earned four stars out of 45 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the food stand, street vendor and Tex-Mex spot by heading over to 1801 Race St.
Owner Mark Whitworth shares on the business' website that he started Mama Lo Hizo in honor of his mother. It offers a wide range of Mexican specialties, including tacos, burritos, Mexican lasagna, queso blanco and flan.
Finally, there's Currito, a Hyde Park favorite with four stars out of 45 reviews. Stop by 3654 Edwards Road to hit up the Mexican and New American spot, which also offers juice and smoothies, next time you're in the mood for cheap eats.
The menu includes salads, grain bowls, burritos, wraps and seasonal items.