If I had to choose my favorite thing about West Michigan, it would be all of the amazing restaurants and more specifically, Mexican restaurants. I’m not talking about Taco Bellesque Mexican food. I’m talking about the flavorful, authentic, real-deal Mexican food. If you are looking for somewhere to go to dinner or you want to branch out from your typical go-to Mexican restaurant, keep reading for the best Mexican restaurants Grand Rapids has to offer.
1024 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
This west side hot spot on the corner of Bridge St and Pine Ave is one of the most convenient ways to get your hands on authentic Mexican food. You can expect to receive quick and friendly service every time you visit their small, family-run business. Tacos El Cuñado has something for everyone as their menu includes tacos, tortas, quesadillas, tamales and more! One of my favorite things about this eatery is their participation in the community. Often, you can find them serving their delicious food at several local events throughout the year.
Weekly Deals: 3 Tacos for $5 on Tuesdays
64 Ionia Ave SW #100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Luna is the perfect place to grab a drink or bite to eat while you’re in the city. This restaurant features farm to table dishes and a wide selection of specially crafted drinks, both packed with flavor. On their menu, you will find a large selection of food beyond your typical tacos, burritos, and fajitas. From elotes and mussels to pozole and tacos arabes, you will always be able to find something fun to try! Luna is a popular spot in the city not only for their food and drinks but because their cozy atmosphere coupled with exceptional service makes your dining experience unlike any other.
Weekly Deals: ½ off most margaritas on Monday’s (all day) and weekends (10pm-close)
636 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Even after 36 years in business, Maggie’s Kitchen is still a top local favorite for authentic Mexican food. They have been featured in several publications and continue to win awards for their delectable recipes. Although Maggie’s Kitchen has a much more informal dining experience than Luna, you will quickly realize it does not keep people away. I have never seen or heard anything negative about this restaurant and customers tend to say they feel like family when they eat at Maggie’s. While literally everything is good here, some notable options on their menu include their barbacoa, tostadas, and burritos.
Weekly Deals: See their Facebook page for deals posted throughout the week
665 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
You know those restaurants that are always freakishly busy and on a wait because it’s that good? That’s Donkey. Everything about this place is amazing, their food, drinks, atmosphere, location…the whole enchilada. Donkey prides themselves on creating an incredible experience for each guest which includes unparalleled service, fresh, handpicked ingredients and uniquely delicious cocktails. Their menu is very eclectic but has something for everyone, even the pickiest eaters. They offer vegan and vegetarian options as well like their popular brussels sprout tacos. If you’re in East Town, stop by Donkey for the best Mexican Street Food in Grand Rapids.
Weekly Deals: 2 Tacos & A Beer for $8 on Mondays, Weekly Featured Nacho & A Beer for $9 on Tuesdays
1811 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
The owners of La Huasteca are proud to bring their Mexican heritage to the Grand Rapids area. This restaurant is most popular for their pork tamales where the recipe dates back to the 1920s and the sauce takes 8 hours to make. La Huasteca is a simple restaurant with an amazing staff and unmatched food at unbeatable prices. Their menu consists of tacos, quesadillas, tamales, platters, meatless and kid’s options. The next time you’re in the mood for some quality, authentic Mexican food that’s the real deal, check out La Huasteca.
Weekly Deals: Kids eat free on Mondays with the purchase of a platter