The Coachella Valley’s best Mexican restaurants

May 3rd, 2013 | by Rob Hopwood | Comments
Las Casuelas Terraza

Las Casuelas Terraza


Coachella Valley residents will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Sunday with Mexican food, beer and margaritas. The holiday may commemorate an unlikely victory for the Mexican Army, but today it’s also known for good food and friends.

In anticipation of Sunday’s reverie, USA Today published a list highlighting 10 great Mexican restaurants across the United States. One of those restaurants was Palm Springs’ Las Casuelas Terraza, located at 222 S. Palm Canyon Drive.

“This fourth-generation family-run restaurant offers Southern California-style Mexican food, including chile rellenos, tamales, carnitas and enchiladas,” according to USA Today. “Specialties include green-corn tamales and tequila pairings.”

This made us wonder, what are the valley’s best top Mexican restaurants? We surveyed the Desert Sun staff and created this list of favorites.

  • Taqueria Tlaquepaque, 650 E. Sunny Dunes Road, Palm Springs

“Tlaquepaque isn’t the place to go if you’re looking for a candlelit dinner. The lighting is fluorescent and the music – Mexican Ranchero – is loud. But they have the very best carnitas in the Coachella Valley. They also make amazing margaritas. They may be the color of Mountain Dew, but they taste right and do the job. My husband is a big fan of the camarones (shrimp) fajitas. My 3-year-old son sticks with a cheese quesadilla and a tall glass of Horchata. We go at least once a week.” — Liz Kelly Nelson, Assistant Managing Editor, Digital

  • Blue Coyote Grill, 445 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

It has “awesome ambiance, veggie fajitas that are actually vegetarian (and delicious) and some killer margaritas!” — Kate McGinty, Digital Editor, Engagement

  • Armando’s Dakota Bar & Grill, 73260 El Paseo, Palm Desert

“Their menu has a good variety of really great-tasting, nicely presented food, a fun bar, inside and outside dining, and I love the tortilla soup.” — Nina Ronda, Chief News Assistant

  • El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana, 140 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

“One of the few placed where I have tried the chiles rellenos and they are cooked with the right kind of chile, which is the poblano chile.” — Mariaeugenia Almazan-Palmersheim, Creative Services Manager

  • El Taco Asado, 440 El Cielo Road, Suite 19 & 20, Palm Springs

“What this taco shop lacks in ambience it more than makes up for it with the food. El Taco Asado has the best beans, salsa and tortillas in the Coachella Valley. The grill pumps out amazingly flavorful and authentic meat fillings.” — Kate Franco, Style Editor

  • La Casita, 34272 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City

“Simply put…AMAZING fajitas that sizzle and smoke when brought out and very good salsa/chips to tide you over until the feast arrives.” — Vince Alvarez, Technical Support Analyst

  • El Ranchito, 78039 Calle Estado, La Quinta

“Personal choice for lunch on the little terrace.” — Carla Howard, Magazine Editor

  • Guacamoles, 555 S. Sunrise Way #108, Palm Springs

“Little hole in the wall place, but they cook the food right in front of you, no MSG, everything fresh. Friendly service.” — Larry Bohannan, Golf Reporter

We’d like to know what you think. In the comments below, please tell us the name of your favorite local Mexican restaurant and why.

Share your thoughts

Copyright © 2014 All rights reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice, and Ad Choices