Portland shines with north of the border cuisine

Think of places that feature delicious Mexican cuisine and Portland, Maine, is usually not the first location that comes to mind. As the northern most state, Maine is better known for its lobster and seafood, along with desserts such as blueberry pie.  However, as Maine's most cosmopolitan metropolis, Portland offers some surprising, delightful takes on Mexican dishes. From the upscale offerings of Zapoteca to the creative burrito magic of Bruce's Burritos to the California-inspired menu of Los Coco Tacos, Portland and the adjoining southern Maine coast offer variety and new taste sensations when it comes to Mexican classics. Call it Yankee ingenuity but Portland should be given careful consideration when it comes to sampling the best of this spicy, satisfying ethnic food. 

Pedros Mexican Restaurant
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Pedros Mexican Restaurant's claim to fame is its gourmet accents infused into classic Mexican cuisine. This eatery appeals to those seeking something slightly different – and always tasty – in their south of the border dishes. The...  Read More

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Zapoteca specializes in combining old and new world cooking techniques to create vibrant, flavorful Mexican dishes. The focus here is on using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, as well as organic and sustainable meats and vegetables,...  Read More

Loco Coco Tacos
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Loco Coco Tacos in Kittery has earned a well-deserved reputation for its welcome, refreshing California inspiration on Mexican cuisine. Fans of Mexican cuisine seeking something just out of the ordinary frequently choose this local eatery for...  Read More

Tortilla Flat
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Tortilla Flat is a neighborhood eatery that offers traditional Mexican fare. Nothing fancy here, just honest Mexican and Mexican-influenced dishes that are tasty and satisfy. The atmosphere is laid back and friendly. The staff are pleasant and...  Read More

Amigo's Mexican Restaurant
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Amigo's Mexican Restaurant is an intimate, unassuming eatery located along the quaint, cobblestones of Dana Street in Portland. The menu is basic Mexican featuring all of the usual dishes – burritos, tostadas, tacos, etc. However, each dish is...  Read More

Bruce's Burritos
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Located in scenic Yarmouth, less than 20 minutes north of Portland, Bruce's Burritos has rightfully gained a distinctive reputation for creative, funky twists on traditional Mexican cuisine. Diners seeking something new in south of the border...  Read More

On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina
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On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina in South Portland is part of a national chain that does an admirable job of serving up fresh, quality Mexican cuisine. This eatery prides itself on craft touches including homemade guacamole, hand-pressed...  Read More


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