10 Best Mexican Restaurants around Surprise for Tasty South-of-the-Border Eats

Surprise is a good place to find yourself if you are in the mood for tasty Mexican food on Phoenix's west side. This fast-growing city, which is surrounded by other booming communities like Sun City, El Mirage and Peoria, is home to everything from mom-and-pop taco shops to well-known chain eateries. 

One of the best places for Mexican take-out in the Surprise area is Rito's. This family-owned Mexican restaurant is the westside satellite of the beloved central Phoenix take-out joint, which has been feeding foodies since the 1970s. Everything here has been slow-cooked to exacting standards, so it's hard to go wrong. We, however, are partial to the green chile burrito. 

Another good option for homespun Mexican food is the Rio Mirage Cafe, where the house motto is "Not fast food, not fast paced." Sit back and relax as you enjoy the restaurant's menu of Sonoran-style fare. Enjoy seasonal dishes and classic favorites like the juicy carne asada. 

Craving a breakfast burrito? You'll find them being rolled up all day at Roliberto's Mexican Food, a popular spot for satisfying breakfast cravings, night or day. 

For a nice dinner with the whole family, check out Las Fuentes Mexican Grill. The restaurant hosts a very popular Sunday brunch buffet featuring a tantalizing selection of piping hot Mexican breakfast dishes. 

Modern revisions of classic Mexican dishes is what's on the menu at this popular regional chain, known for its steaming hot platters of enchildas, tacos, chimichangas, burritos and other Mexican, Tex-Mex and Southwestern favorites. The Macayo's...  Read More

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant offers an upscale dining room to enjoy classic and modern Mexican dishes. The Peoria location is part of a regional chain, all of which are designed to evoke the romance and artistry of an open-air Mexican courtyard....  Read More

Authentic, gourmet tacos and tasty, Spanish-style tapas are the name of the game at this west Phoenix eatery. Brushfire Tacos & Tapas offers a fun, fast casual ambiance and a menu that brings together classic Mexican and Spanish cuisine....  Read More

This ubiquitous Mexican fast food chain is a Valley favorite, and for good reason. Authentic, home-style Mexican food is dished out here 24 hours a day, featuring fresh ingredients, hearty portions, and lots of gooey cheese. So maybe this isn't...  Read More

This Phoenix institution, with locations around the Valley, has been dishing out some of the best home-style Mexican food for decades. Don't be fooled by the humble exterior and lackluster dining area: the food is hot, tasty, and top-notch....  Read More

When you're craving fast, hot and tasty Mexican food on the west side, Roliberto's Mexican Food delivers on all counts. This mom-and-pop eatery, popular with locals in the know, has a huge menu of Mexican staples, including burritos, tacos,...  Read More

Federico's Mexican Food is a regional chain with locations in Arizona and New Mexico. The menu collects all your favorite Mexican staples under one roof, including huge burritos, tostadas, quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, tortas and more. The...  Read More

Luscious plates of Mexican food classics fill the menu at Rio Mirage Cafe, a family-owned eatery on Phoenix's west side that delivers big flavors and hospitality. The house motto here is "Not fast food, not fast paced," so settle in for...  Read More

This family-owned restaurant is the west side location of the popular central Phoenix Mexican take-out market that has been feeding local Mexican food lovers since the 1970s. The Surprise location delivers the same homespun flavors and comfort...  Read More


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