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Here is our take on the 10 best Mexican restaurants in Santa Barbara.
But first, a warning:
No matter how we organize this list, we are destined to make more than a few people mad. Everyone has a preferred Mexican restaurant in Santa Barbara. Every local has a favorite dish. And we can't possibly hope to do justice to the huge array of amazing tacos, tortas and taquitos in town.
So we start with the caveat that almost any Mexican restaurant you pop into during your stay will have something tasty for you to eat. Some may even offer a better chile relleno or more authentic shrimp cocktail than others on this list.
But every restaurant you see here is here for a reason: there is at least one thing that they do exceptionally well. One experience you won't find anywhere else.
Whether you're waiting in line at La Super-Rica for an ooey, gooey #6 (on homemade tortillas) or ducking into Lilly's for some cheek tacos, you are guaranteed a good meal. And, if and when you find something better, you be sure to let us know in the comments. It's our job to try new things, after all.