Now that the sun is finally starting to appear again, it’s got us all thinking about holidays. We get it – if you go on holiday, how will you cope without your regular dose of delicious burritos, expertly-made margaritas and great tequila? It’s OK – we have scoped the globe to find some of the best Mexican joints out there. Amigos to amigos – here are some awesome Mexican establishments in which we, at El Camion, would certainly enjoy a taco or ten.
Los Angeles – El Cholo
The first El Cholo was opened in 1923, making this place the oldest Mexican restaurant in LA. A true family-owned business, you will now find the 4th and 5th generation family members working in the restaurant. Not only is the food real, old school Cal-Mex, they claim to have been the pioneers of the Mexican restaurant industry in America and even brought nachos to California! And they make a mean margarita – in the 1960s El Cholo became the world’s largest user of Cuervo 1800 Tequila and championed premium ingredients in margaritas, making them what they are today. If El Cholo is the great-great-great grandfather of Californian-style Mexican food, then we’re family.
New York – Dos Caminos
A self-proclaimed modern Mexican joint and tequila lounge, Dos Caminos sells over 100 types of tequila. Sounds like a place after our own heart. The Third Avenue restaurant is bright and vibrant, with outside seating and a fiesta-style vibe. Dos Caminos is famed for its Mexico City style quesadillas and its fresh guacamole – that is made right there at your table. Nice touch!
Paris – Candelaria
If you’re not travelling Stateside, why not hop on the Eurostar to Paris and head to le Marais, a hip part of Paris not exactly worlds away from Soho. Here, you will find Candelaria, a tiny taqueria that serves tostadas, tortillas and tacos made in front of your very eyes at the counter. There is a speakeasy style bar at the back where mixologists formerly of the Experimental Cocktail Club will whip up a crazy good margarita or one of their own creations, like the Guêpe Verte, made with tequila, lime, pepper, cucumber, spices and agave syrup.
Berlin – Santa Maria
Didn’t think Berlin did Mexican food? Well, this crazy little Oranienstrasse haunt is here to prove you wrong. Widely regarded as a pioneer of authentic Mexican food in Germany, Santa Maria celebrates the best of Mexican street food. Not only will your stomachs be well and truly sated by the Michoacan inspired carnitas tacos and chilaquiles, but your thirst will be quenched by their wide range of margaritas. In fact, Santa Maria is the biggest seller of margaritas in the country. Santa Maria – you had us at ‘Hola’.