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Best Local South-of-the-Border 

El Gallo Giro

This family-owned Mexican eatery is rich in southern heritage, starting with its name—a homage to a legendary Mexican white rooster that was such a kick-feather cock fighting champion he earned his own feature film. The food at El Gallo Giro is equally authentic, with options like flautas and mole as well as the burritos and fajitas that most Americans adore. Local tip: stop on on Tuesday and stock up on street tacos that won't break the bank.

2nd Place: Andrade's—If you're on the hunt for all-you-can eat Mexican cuisine that's light on grease but heavy on flavor, the Andrade's lunch special will be a match made it mariachi heaven. The salad bar—complete with habanero peppers, pickled onions and more—doesn't hurt either.

3rd Place: Chapala—From the free chips, salsa and refried beans that start each meal to the vast, authentic menu and cinnamon-laced horchata, Chapala is a local Mexican chain that does it right.


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