You don’t have to travel south of the border for some tasty Mexican fare. Las Vegas is home to some of the best Mexican restaurants north of Tijuana, guaranteed to leave taste buds screaming “Olé!” So next time you’re craving some mouth-watering Mexican cuisine, leave your passport at home and head to one of these local eateries instead. Your palate—and pocketbook—will thank you.

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Baja Miguel’s at South Point Hotel Casino Spa
9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89183
(702) 797-8075

This festive, off-Strip cantina is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Serving south-of-the-border favorites like the succulent carne asada tampiquena and flavorful flautas, there’s sure to be something on Baja Miguel’s diverse menu for palates of all types. The fideo soup (Mexican pasta), in particular, is to die for. While the dinner menu is reasonably priced, be sure to stop in for Baja Miguel’s fabulous lunch special. Available Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., guests can choose two entrées off the prix-fixe menu and enjoy them with a side of Mexican rice, refried beans, some fideo soup and a complimentary frozen margarita for only $9.95. Talk about a deal!

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Border Grill Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 632-7403

A celebrity favorite, Border Grill Las Vegas has attracted everyone from Kenny Chesney to Scarlett Johansson to its tables. One bite of the mouth-watering cuisine created by chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, though, and it’s easy to see why. Nothing disappoints, from the sweet green corn tamales to the scrumptious quinoa fritters—Milliken’s winning dish on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” made with crunchy Aztec grain, cotija cheese and aji Amarillo aioli. Whatever you decide on, be sure to try the flavorful Yucatan pork, and if the weather’s nice, try to get a table on the balcony overlooking Mandalay Beach. It’s the next best thing to dining on the shores of Mexico.Related: Cooking Ideas For Kids From Las Vegas’ Top Chefs

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Cabo Wabo Cantina inside The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 385-2226

Sammy Hagar’s popular Strip-side cantina blends the laid-back, beach-town vibe of Cabo San Lucas with the excitement of Las Vegas. Guests never know when the Red Rocker may take the stage for an impromptu set. However, even a legend like Hagar can’t steal the spotlight from Cabo Wabo Cantina’s palatable new menu, which includes signature dishes like the cotija cheese-crusted quesadilla served with pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole, and the bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with goat cheese and cilantro pesto. The cantina even serves breakfast, with such early morning must-tries as the huevos rancheros and gringo omelet with ham and cheddar cheese. It’s the perfect way to start your day.

Mi Casa Grill Cantina at Silverton Casino Hotel
3333 Blue Diamond Road
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 263-7777

Serving up delicious Mexican classics alongside signature favorites, this off-Strip cantina is famous for its extensive tequila menu. Diners can pair their favorite tequila with one of the restaurant’s luscious specialties, like the Delgado de pollo—cilantro lime-marinated chicken breast. Fajita fans, meanwhile, are sure to love Mi Casa Grill Cantina’s selection of sizzling fajitas, which includes char-grilled steak, lime-marinated chicken, chipotle-marinated shrimp and sautéed vegetables. The restaurant also offers monthly specials for Silverton Rewards Club members, so be sure to inquire with your waiter before ordering.Related: Top Spots For Cold Treats In Las Vegas

Pink Taco
Pink Taco at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4455 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 693-5525

This rockin’ hotspot, known for putting a California spin on traditional Mexican dishes, recently added several tempting new items to its already delectable menu. Guests can start off their meal with the piquant bacon-wrapped jalapenos, stuffed with blended Mexican cheese and smoked ranch, before digging into the savory shrimp enchiladas. For guests with a massive appetite, the ultimate taco is sure to satisfy hunger pangs of all sizes. Weighing in at 3.5 pounds and measuring 25 inches in length, the crunchy taco comes stuffed with refried beans, rice, lettuce, Mexican cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and one whopping pound of shredded chicken, steak and carnitas. It’s the ultimate indulgent dish for Sin City.

When she’s not interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest celebs, Heather Turk can often be found visiting some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants and spas for She also covers the Las Vegas market for a variety of other media outlets, including Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. Her work can be found at

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